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Share Schemes

The right employee benefits package can prove a key element in attracting and retaining the staff you want. As part of that, an employee share scheme can help motivate staff and increase their commitment to the business, as it can enable them to share in the company’s success and give them a stake in its long-term future.

There are different kinds of scheme available. Certain schemes are approved by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC), so bringing potential tax advantages to both employers and employees. Scheme options can include: Share Incentive Plans, Company Share Option Plans, Save As You Earn schemes, and Enterprise Management Incentives.

It is important you find the right scheme to meet your business resources and structure, and your staff objectives. Some schemes, for instance, have to be open to all employees who have been with you for a certain length of time; others you can choose who to offer them to. Similarly, some scheme arrangements involve giving staff shares, whereas with others you match the shares bought by staff or give them the right to buy shares.

As with any employee benefit, it is important to let staff know clearly and accurately the value of any employee share scheme you offer and how it can work for them, so boosting awareness and take-up.

How can Thorntons help?

Our expert Corporate team can advise you on the share scheme options available for your business and your staff, and help put the right scheme in place for you. We have put a variety of schemes in place for our clients, and can advise you on the alternatives and negotiate with HMRC on your behalf.