2018 Awards showcase for family firms set for Birmingham launch | Wilson Organisation


April 10, 2018

2018 Awards showcase for family firms set for Birmingham launch

2018 Awards showcase for family firms set for Birmingham launch

The Midlands Family Business Awards – the only showcase for the family business sector in the region – will mark their 2018 launch with a breakfast event at Birmingham’s Opus Restaurant on the 9th May.

“By joining us for the launch, family firms will be amongst the first to learn all about the line-up of categories this year,” says Charlotte Perkins, MD of the Awards’ organiser and third generation family business, The Wilsons Organisation. 

The Awards team will unveil this year’s categories, detail the key dates and explain the 2018 entry process, whilst our guests will have opportunity to meet past winners and finalists, and the Awards’ sponsors and supporters.

“The Awards are now well established in the region,” Charlotte adds, “and winning a Midlands Family Business Award is considered one of the most prestigious and greatest accolades by each of our titleholders and finalists over the last eight years.”

The Awards are a not-for-profit, charitable initiative created to celebrate and recognise the success, achievements and innovations of the region’s family run and owned businesses. Since their launch, they have raised £30,000 for Midlands-based charities.

Entering the Awards is completely free and can be made from the 9th May to the 18th July 2018 via the website www.familybusinessawards.co.uk.

Full details about this year’s Awards, their categories, sponsors and how to enter, will be unveiled at the Awards launch breakfast event.

Categories & sponsors

This year’s 10 categories will include some new categories alongside the coveted headline Family Business of the Year, Director of the Year, Fastest Growing Family Business, Innovation Award, Best Small Family Business, Employer of the Year and the People’s Choice Award, and the line-up of sponsors announced so far includes family business and current Midlands Family Business of the Year titleholder OrderWise, Buckles Solicitors, Goldfish, John Pye Auctions, Morningside Pharmaceuticals, PwC and Streets Chartered Accountants.

“Now in their ninth year, the Awards are firmly established as a highlight in the Midlands events calendar,” says Charlotte, “and this year they look set to be even bigger and more exciting than ever. 

“We look forward to meeting even more of the great family businesses from across the Midlands as we begin the 2018 Awards journey.”

Book a place

To find out more and book a place at the Midlands Family Business Awards 2018 launch, contact Ped Briggs email: pbriggs@wilorg.com, T: 0115 942 0111, or visit the Awards’ website: www.familybusinessawards.co.uk.

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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