2015 Midlands Family Business Awards launch | Wilson Organisation


June 5, 2015

2015 Midlands Family Business Awards launch

2015 Midlands Family Business Awards launch

The search to find the Midlands best family businesses and their leaders has begun as nominations for the sixth Midlands Family Business Awards opened in style this week.

The regions only independent not-for-profit Awards for family businesses, The Midlands Family Business Awards, are organised by their founder and lead sponsor The Wilson Organisation, a Nottingham-based insurance and financial advisory firm and third generation family business.

Family businesses of any size, sector or specialism can enter the Awards free of charge and full details of this year’s ten categories were unveiled at the Awards’ launch party at Baresca, Nottingham’s new city centre tapas bar and restaurant created by the Perkins Family,

This year’s categories include the headline Midlands Family Business of the Year, and Best Small Family Business (turnover less than £5m) sponsored by family business Crouch Logistics.

Further categories for the 2015 Awards include: Director of the Year (under 40) sponsored by RSA, Employer of the Year sponsored by Royal London, Fastest Growing Family Business sponsored by PwC, Manufacturing Excellence sponsored by Barclays and International Development sponsored by Family Business Futures.

Back for 2015 is the Environmental Sustainability award, also making a welcome return this year are the Retail Excellence award sponsored by PCMS Group, and the Service Excellence award sponsored by Yu Energy.
Now in their sixth year, The Midlands Family Business Awards are not-for-profit and have raised over £20,000 for charities supporting young people and enterprise.

Speaking at the Baresca event, Charlotte Perkins, MD of The Wilson Organisation explained: “Entries for the 2015 Awards are now open and submissions can be made free of charge until the 20th July. Family businesses can enter up to three categories and the entry process is quick, simple and totally free.

“As a charitable initiative, we are indebted to the generosity of our sponsors and supporters, many of whom are returning for the fifth or even sixth year in 2015.

“Wilsons is a third generation family business, and we recognise just how important it is to showcase and celebrate the amazing successes and contribution of the Midlands’ family businesses, one of the main aims of the Awards. We would encourage family businesses to enter our Awards and gain the recognition they deserve.”

For more information about the 2015 Awards, categories, sponsors, independent judging panel, and how to enter, visit: www.familybusinessawards.co.uk or contact Wilsons’ Ped Briggs: pbriggs@wilorg.com.

The 2015 Midlands Family Business Awards ceremony will take place on Thursday 12th November at Athena in Leicester.

Family businesses generate over £1 trillion each year in UK revenues and provide more than nine million jobs in the UK. The Midlands is home to over 400,000 family businesses.

Image shows:  Wilsons’ Charlotte Perkins (left) and Annabel Prow at the launch of the 2015 Midlands Family Business Awards.

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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