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Empowering succession: Environet’s journey to Employee Ownership

Empowering succession: Environet’s journey to Employee Ownership

Nic Seal with Environet sign

In a business landscape often dominated by individual success stories, Environet’s tale emerges as a heartening testament to shared accomplishments, steadfast dedication, and visionary foresight. Over three years ago, on 31st July 2020, Nic and Bertie Seal orchestrated a transformation that not only secured their company’s legacy but embodied the principles of collective prosperity and sustainable growth. Through an employee-owned trust (EOT), Environet’s ownership was transferred to its valued employees, setting in motion an inspiring example of a seamless and strategic succession plan.

Nic Seal, a true entrepreneur, has played an instrumental role in shaping Environet into a major player in the invasive plants sector. His dedication led to groundbreaking innovations, such as Xtract™, an eco-friendly approach that revolutionised the removal of Japanese knotweed from development sites. His decision to embrace the EOT process was not just about acknowledging his achievements, but also about valuing and retaining the talents he had cultivated within the company.

To ensure a seamless transition, Nic Seal carefully selected Mat Day, Emily Grant, and Luke Walton as directors to spearhead Environet’s future endeavours. This trio, armed with passion and a shared vision, embarked on creating a robust 5-year business plan that would demonstrate to Nic that the company’s future was in capable hands. Their dedication and alignment with the established goals quickly garnered Nic’s approval.

With Nic now transitioning into a role as Founder and mentor, his influence remains a driving force within the company. He has passed on most of his responsibilities to the directors and the newly appointed Senior Management Team. This new structure allows for a harmonious blend of fresh perspectives and seasoned guidance, fostering an environment where team members have the freedom to explore new avenues while continuing to deliver top-notch service.

Environet’s commitment to its customers remains unwavering. The company’s sound financial footing and strategic outlook underscore its potential for a bright and prosperous future. As Environet’s journey continues, it’s important to acknowledge the role customers – both past and future – have played in shaping the company’s trajectory. Their trust and partnership have been instrumental in making Environet what it is today.

For those who have followed Nic Seal’s media appearances, rest assured that his presence will continue to shine as the face and spokesperson of Environet. His passion, knowledge, and dedication remain an intrinsic part of the company’s identity.

In conclusion, Environet’s transition to employee ownership stands as a beacon of forward-thinking leadership, shared success, and sustainable business practices. The Seals’ decision to entrust their legacy to their team is a testament to the power of collaboration and the enduring impact of visionary entrepreneurship.

Robert Spaceman

“We had a large stand of bamboo removed, thinned, contained and replaced. The customer service has been first class. Joe and Jason were fabulous and kept me well informed at all times”.