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Who We Are and What We Do

ProShare has been the voice of employee share ownership since 1992 when we were established by HM Government, a group of FTSE 100 companies and the London Stock Exchange to promote wider share ownership. Today, we focus solely on helping to promote employee share ownership in the UK and are the voice of employee share plan practitioners and professionals.

Becoming a Member

We are committed to making ProShare membership valuable to our members by being the voice of employee share plan practitioners and professionals. Our members benefit from and contribute to the development of the employee share plan legal and regulatory framework and enjoy access to valuable training events, workshops and annual conference, as well as monthly newsletters, specialist forums, venue hire and a jobs board and advertising to a large and relevant audience.We offer different levels of membership depending on the size and type of organisation.

Click here to find out more about becoming a member

ProShare was 25 in 2017 !

supporting sponsors barclays summer social

Two hundred and forty ProShare members and supporters attended our 25th birthday celebration on 8 June at The Banking Hall on Cornhill, in the heart of the City of London.

Barclays Global Stock and Reward Services generously sponsored the night’s festivities as supporting sponsors, and KPMG, kindly sponsored our prize draw.

Whenever the share plans industry gets together, people are genuinely happy to catch up with each other - be they friends, former colleagues or indeed, competitors. One of our greatest strengths is our inter-connectedness, and this is put to best use when helping each other with the issues du jour or brokering introductions to newcomers to our industry.

ProShare only exists because our members believe in what we do. Thank you all for your continued support for Proshare - and here’s to the next twenty-five years!  Look out for details of our next summer social coming soon!

ProShare Annual Conference 'The Future Of Share Plans'


On 6 October 2017, ProShare welcomed 350+ share plans professionals and industry experts to etc.venues County Hall, for their annual employee share plans conference.

The conference theme was ‘The Future of Share Plans’ and almost one hundred speakers and presenters took the audience through a variety of topics including blockchain, Augmented Reality, robotic process automation, financial wellbeing, the gender pay gap, global restructuring, corporate actions, 2017’s AGM season trends, MiFID II, GDPR, MAR, communications, executive pay governance and financial wellbeing. 

Many speakers were drawn from the corporate world, representing: Aviva, Janus Henderson Investors, WPP, Setl, HSBC, Tullow Oil, Travis Perkins, DS Smith, Royal Dutch Shell, ASDA, Akce Holdings, WS Atkins, Diageo, Rio Tinto, Deutsche Bank, BT Group, Rolls-Royce, Thomas Cook, The Sage Group, Sky, Hays, Vodafone, and Vestd.

A very big thank you to everyone who sponsored, exhibited, presented and attended our 2017 conference – none of this would be possible without your support. Roll on 2018!’

ProShare Annual Awards

This prestigious evening recognises and rewards innovation and excellence within the share plan industry, and is also a great opportunity to network with contacts, clients and colleagues. Our 2017 Awards will be held at the Hilton Bankside, London and will be on the 6th December - bookings will open soon.

On behalf of ProShare and our partners, YBS Share Plans, we would like to thank everyone who made the ProShare Annual Awards dinner a resounding success and offer our congratulations to all our winners, commended entries and finalists for reminding us once again of the importance of innovation and excellence within the share plan industry.

All of the individuals, teams and organisations involved in running and administering the plans behind the winning and highly commended entries should be very proud of their involvement and contribution.

Click here for more information about the 2017 Awards


Forthcoming ProShare Events

Thursday 10 May 2018:
ProShare Workshop: Introduction to Employee Share Ownership - Technical
Speaker: David Ogden - DBO
Experts from PwC

Wednesday 6 June 2018:
ProShare Workshop: Develop Yourself
Speaker: Janet Cooper OBE
Shirley Cooper
Gabbi Stopp

Wednesday 3 October 2018:
ProShare ESP Conference: ProShare Annual Conference: 'Ownership Matters'
Speaker: Industry Experts


‘ProShare support for members post-EU Referendum result’

The events of the last few weeks will have far-reaching ramifications for the UK and I am not about to plunge into a shopping-list of concerns – there are plenty of commentators around to do that.  

What I will say though is that on our own remit, share plans and employee share ownership, ProShare is committed to keeping our members well-briefed on resultant impacts to share plans – as these become clearer - and continuing to engage in a constructive and positive debate with policymakers and regulators on what can be done to ensure that share plans continue to be a valued force for good in our companies, economy and society.  

Visit our 'Brexit & Employee Share Plans' page for regular updates from our Brexit Focus Group & discussion on how Brexit might affect share plans.

We have established a focus group specifically to look at the impact of Brexit on share plans and we will channel regular updates from this group to you all as things become clearer. My thanks to those members who have agreed to join this group and I wish to extend the invitation to other ProShare members, plan issues, administrators and advisors alike – do get in contact with me should you wish to get involved with this. 

After much thought, our Conference theme remains ‘British success on the global stage’, as it strikes us that this should be an even more crucial focus for us all in coming weeks and months. The terms of achieving that success will undoubtedly change but we remain determined to play a positive role in helping our industry to weather the current uncertainty and emerge fully equipped to make the best of the new environment that we all find ourselves in.

We’ve had a fantastic response to our Call for Speakers and I want to thank everyone who has taken the time to submit such high-quality responses.

Gabbi Stopp, ProShare

Looking for a service provider or adviser?

Our members provide a wide range of services to companies who operate or are thinking of operating employee share plans. Representatives can often be found at our events who will be happy to talk to you.

Job opportunities

Members are able to advertise job opportunities on our web site free of charge.

Our Gold Members

There are a limited number of Gold Membership opportunities available with ProShare. To find out why upgrading to Gold may benefit your company, click here and read more.

Link Asset Services

  • Computershare is a global leader in share registration, employee share plans, proxy solicitation and other specialised services.

  • BT Gold Member

    BT is one of the world's leading providers of communications solutions and services operating in 170 countries.

  • Equiniti

    Equiniti is the market leader in the provision of employee share plans (ESP) and share registration.

  • equatex logo

    Equatex is a proven leader in delivering global compensation plan management solutions. Our trusted experts are passionate and committed to making our clients’ compensations plans successful by offering the most innovative end-to-end platform and best-in-class solutions in the industry.

    Equatex works with 200 companies worldwide and connects with over 1.5 million of their employees. We serve clients across all major industries, from industrial, financial services, healthcare, pharmaceuticals to energy and IT.

    For nearly two decades Equatex has delivered excellence in executive and all-employee compensation plan administration, from implementation to distribution, reporting and expiry of the plans. And thanks to our global experts and offices in major financial hubs, we can navigate the complexities of local tax and the regulatory implications of international plans.

    By using world-class cloud technology, our products and services are tailored to our clients’ compensation goals and the plan participants’ needs. With the launch of a next-generation user experience in our trusted platform EquatePlus in 2016, we are redefining the way plan participants interact with their compensation and share participation schemes. The platform, together with our mobile application and market leading reporting capabilities, enables global companies to deliver effective and engaging compensation schemes across borders, languages and currencies.

  • YBS Share Plans

    YBS Share Plans is part of Yorkshire Building Society, providing share plan services since 1980, building trusted relationships with the business community.

  • Barclays have been providing administration services for employee stock plans for over 25 years.

  • Equatex
  • KPMG
  • Link Asset Services