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24 Moreau Mews

Applecross, Western Australia 6153


Company Description

ADAPT was founded on the discoveries made in the building of a software technology company called acQuire. Because of this, ADAPT empathises with entrepreneurs and has vivid memories of the challenges of an early stage company. ADAPT's first business pl ... more

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acQuire Technology Solutions

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Why Bill Withers decided to sell his company to his workers

Why Bill Withers decided to sell his company to his workers
Why Bill Withers decided to sell his company to his workers
Published 10 April 2015 11:56, Updated 10 April 2015 14:59
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Bill Withers wants employees to have ownership in his businesses.
Former software engineer Bill Withers started an employee ownership scheme for his company, acQuire Technology Solutions, in 2008 with co-founder Andrew Shoemack, a mining engineer.
"We have a strategy of accelerating that in the next 18 months to two years," says Withers. Now 54, his intention is to sell out of the company to employees by the time he is 60.
AcQuire is the "economic engine" that allowed Withers to launch ADAPT by Design two years ago.
Looking at his customers and other companies, Withers said externalising their share capital (by bringing in investors or floating the company) means they are restricted in their ability to plan long term.
"We have never retrenched anybody for economic reasons," says Withers.
Then there is the succession issue, Withers says.
Build your own: Withers wasn't keen on the existing employee-ownership models he found, so he decided to come up with his own.
Keeping people: The average tenure of the board of 11 is 11.8 years each. Out of 120 staff, 87 have been with the company longer than three years and 61 longer than five years.
Trust: By selecting employees with high levels of personal responsibility, the company is able to have less "policy policing". "If you build organisations on the principle of a low opinion of people, you build lots of rules and then you put in policing systems to check those rules," says Withers.

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Bill Withers, founder of acQuire and ADAPT by Design, details his motivations behind ADAPT's methodology.

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Bill Withers, founder of acQuire Technology Solutions, wins Austmine Champion of Innovation Award for work with GIM Solution Bill Withers, the founder of acQuire Technology Solutions, took home Austmine's Champion of Innovation Award in Brisbane on 19th May 2...

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Bill Withers

Anyone who has met Bill will be able to tell you that he is passionate about creating businesses that are built for the long term. In 2010, Bill was named 2010 Entrepreneur Of The Year in WA, an acknowledgement of the extraordinary work he has done in creating his business acQuire, a data management company that supports the natural resource industry.

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These included Bill Withers, the Founder and Managing Director of acQuire, a Geoscientific Information Management System with 7 offices around the world in 6 countries. acQuire’s technology is installed in 450 sites in 48 countries and they employ 135 people made up of 29 nationalities. Bill talked about how he actively engaged his international workforce to determine ‘how’ they create value for their stakeholders in all of their communities.

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