Employees at Bulthaup specialist Cameron Interiors, which has showrooms in Edinburgh and Glasgow, have been given full control of their futures, and the business is now thought to be the first kitchen design company in the UK to be employee-owned. Founded in 1979, the business has been run by MD Kirsten Robeson, pictured, and her husband Ian since 1997, and has since grown to a team of 12 across the two locations.
All shares of Cameron Interiors have now been placed into an Employee Ownership Trust with staff immediately becoming beneficiaries. In time, all employees will be able to benefit from an annual share of any profits. The company says that to ensure a smooth transition, Kirsten will remain MD for the medium term, fully supporting and advising the business before ultimately retiring with Ian to spend more time with family. She will also take a seat on the Trust Board alongside Edinburgh manager Louise Delaney, who has many years’ experience working to grow the business and has played a crucial role in its east coast expansion. Aileen Wilson will remain Glasgow store manager, having played an integral role in the management team.
Kirsten, who has been with the company since leaving college in 1993, said: “This is my chance to ‘pay it forward’ to a brilliant team that have enabled us to cement our position in the market and allow us all to look forward to a bright future.”