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Jo Swinson, the Business Minister of the United Kingdom, announced that an index of the 69 companies on London's FTSE stock exchange with 3% or more of their shares held by employees would become FTSE-compliant. The Minister said, "The Employee Ownership Index will now mean investors can identify thriving employee ownership businesses and be part of their success. I hope more businesses recognise the value of this model and give their employees a greater stake in their future and the success of their company."

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