2013 Awards – Shortlist announced | Wilson Organisation


September 4, 2013

2013 Awards – Shortlist announced

2013 Awards – Shortlist announced

Forty-two Midlands’ family businesses, their leaders and advisers have made the shortlist in this year’s Family Business Awards.

Each shortlisted business will now be interviewed by the panel of independent judges, which includes well-known business leaders and family business ambassadors, including TV presenter Alex Polizzi, President of Speedo International David Robinson, Mark Samworth of Samworth Brothers, and MD of 99p Stores Hussein Lalani.

The shortlists across the 2013 Awards’ ten categories feature family businesses from a host of sectors, including manufacturing, online and high street retailing, environmental and sustainable energy, construction, haulage, logistics, transport, education and hospitality.

Of the forty-two organisations, twenty-five are based in the East Midlands and seventeen in the West of the region. The complete shortlist is available on the Awards’ website: www.familybusinessawards.co.uk/shortlists-2013

Six companies are shortlisted for the headline Family Business of the Year Award, sponsored by regional business advisory firm Smith Cooper. They are Nottinghamshire family businesses A1 Flue Systems, Belton Massey and Weavers of Nottingham, Derbyshire-based Bowler Energy, and West Midlands-based T H Baker & Co and David Manners Group.

Tamworth’s Suncream Dairies is shortlisted in a record-breaking three categories – Fastest Growing Family Business (sponsored by Barclays), Manufacturing Excellence (sponsored by Crouch Logistics) and Outstanding Contribution (sponsored by Thomas Miller Investment and First Actuarial).

The shortlist for the Awards’ Best Small Family Business category, open to family businesses with an annual turnover of up to £5million and sponsored by RSA (Royal Sun Alliance) comprises Cooper Group UK (Bilston, West Midlands), Cope Seeds (Sleaford, Lincolnshire), Deaf Alerter plc (Derby), Mrs Stone Store (Hilton, Derbyshire), PET-Xi (Coventry), and recruitment firm SOLOS Consultants (Nottingham).

Other categories are Business Innovation, Commitment to the Community, Retail Excellence, Service Excellence, and Leading Adviser to Family Businesses.

“Each of the businesses entering the Awards this year has demonstrated the incredible quality, innovation and scope of the work of family businesses across the Midlands,” comments Charlotte Perkins, MD of The Wilson Organisation which organises the Awards, ”with the finalists showing a clear commitment to defining and expressing the family values inherent within their organisations.

“The Awards embrace transparency and independence throughout the judging process that takes place during September. Each of our ten judging panels is led by a key figure from the family business community, who recognise and understand the unique issues of running a family business.”

Chris Taylor, Partner at Smith Cooper in Nottingham, adds: “We’re thrilled to be headline sponsor of the Awards for the third year in a row. As a firm we believe that building great relationships is central to success and the bond we’ve created with the Awards means that it’s a highly anticipated event in all of our diaries.”

Winners in each of the ten categories will be announced at a prestigious black tie dinner in Birmingham on the 14th November 2013, and all funds raised at the event will go to The Outward Bound Trust.

The Midlands Family Business Awards are the regions only not-for-profit, independent initiative for family businesses. This year’s charity is The Outward Bound Trust, the educational charity for young people. Since their launch, the Awards have raised more than £15,000 for Midlands-based charities.

Over 100 years of innovation

  • 1914

    A successful launch! The Wilson Organisation was founded in Nottingham by Harold Wilson and became the first company in the East Midlands to offer a comprehensive insurance policy to the region’s fast-growing band of automobile drivers. Innovation from day one.

  • 1920s

    During the 1920’s, Wilsons developed its commercial insurance offering under the stewardship of Harold Wilson. Hopping forwards 80 years, Wilsons has developed a number of industry specialisms including a particular expertise in the food and drink sector. We created a unique insurance offering called “FoodProtect” and, through this service, have been able to deliver intelligence and cost-effective insurance programmes to a broad spread of leading food producers. The best thing since sliced bread? Maybe not, but we’re working on it.

  • 1949

    John Prow joined Harold Wilson in the business, marking the first generation of the Prow family’s involvement in The Wilson Organisation. Wilsons’ clients included leading Nottingham firm Boots The Chemist plus a number of operators in the burgeoning railway sector. With post-war regeneration beginning apace, the firm’s fledgling construction expertise quickly developed into one of our leading offerings and this continues through to the present day, with clients including national and regional builders, developers, contractors, sub-contractors and architects.

  • 1960s

    The 1960s were the start of a new era for The Wilson Organisation. Harold Wilson and John Prow died on the same day in 1963, Harold of illness and John in a car crash. This left John’s son, John J Prow, to run the growing business at the age of 27. Under his youthful direction, Wilsons benefited from a new energy and direction. John J Prow, who had joined in 1960 in a new business role, led the move into our current premises at Wilson House in 1964 and then launched the financial services division in the following year.

  • 1990s

    The late 1990s heralded the start of the third generation of the Prow family’s involvement in the business. Managing Director Charlotte Prow joined in 1998, to be followed by the firm’s Chief Executive, Annabel Prow, in 2002. Product and service innovation continued apace with the launch of a corporate finance specialism in 1997, which continues to deliver valuable cost-savings and insights to the region’s dealmakers.

  • 2000s

    Now century on from the launch of The Wilson Organisation in 1914, the company continues to encourage innovation and reward good ideas. Within the financial services team, 2008 marked the launch of “Flex”, a powerful employee benefit programme and the development of “WRAP”, an investment tool with a unique level of investor control and transparency. Meanwhile, our insurance advisers worked quickly to bring to market a specialist insurance policy for insolvency practitioners.

  • 2010s

    2010 saw the launch of the Midlands Family Business Awards by Wilsons, the UK’s only independent not-for-profit Awards for family businesses. Now in their fifth year, the Awards have raised almost £20,000 for charities supporting families and young people. In 2014 we are celebrating Wilsons’ centenary, a significant milestone in Wilsons’ history.

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