2019 Winners & Highly Commended! | Wilson Organisation


November 8, 2019

2019 Winners & Highly Commended!

2019 Winners & Highly Commended!

The Wilkins Group scoops prestigious Midlands family business of the year award

Family-run global packaging and printing firm The Wilkins Group has been crowned family business of the year at the 10th Midlands Family Business Awards, founded and organised by Wilsons.

The Wilkins Group specialises in the printing of folding cartons and packaging for a range of industries and brands worldwide, and employs over 500 people operating from five global sites in Nottingham, Romania, China, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

Highly Commended by the judges for the headline Family Business of the Year category award this year are Charles Bentley & Son – a leading manufacturer and importer of brushware and household cleaning products based in Loughborough, and Henley-in-Arden-based Johnson’s Coach and Bus Travel.

Showcasing the most impressive, talented and innovative family-owned businesses, the 12 winners and 22 highly commended companies of the 10th Midlands Family Business Awards were selected from 51 previously announced finalists and announced at a black-tie award ceremony on Thursday 7 November, at the King Power stadium in Leicester.

Winners of the four new accolades for the 10th Midlands Family Business Awards were Matthew Lymn Rose, managing director of A W Lymn took the winning spot for Next Generation family Business Leader and O’Keeffe Building Services won the new Construction & Property Excellence category. The winner of an extra special new category – Rising Stars – was Derbyshire based Bright Side Vets, who win not only the title, but also a package of specialist support for 2020. 

Other successful winners in the Midlands Family Business Awards included global fresh produce grower and trader Jupiter Group for the Corporate Social Responsibility category. Online pharmacy UK Meds were crowned Fastest Growing Family Business and sixth-generation Charles Bentley & Son won the Manufacturing Excellence title, with Andrews Building Supplies scooping Service Excellence. 

The Wool Packaging Company was awarded Best Small Family Business and Loughborough-based CR Civil Engineering was crowned Employer of the Year, as well as winning the public vote for the People’s Choice Award.

Organised and backed by The Wilson Organisation – a third-generation family business ourselves – the annual Midlands Family Business Awards celebrate and recognise the success, achievements and innovations of family-run businesses, and raise funds for local charities. Ilkeston-based Lobina Transport took home the special Anniversary Award.

Attended by over 300 guests – including awards finalists, independent judges and sponsors – the awards were bigger than ever as attendees celebrated not just the achievements of the family businesses but also the milestone of the awards; reaching its tenth year of championing family businesses.

To reach the winning and highly commended spots, finalists met with an independent judging panel – led by a family business leader, industry expert and category sponsor – and all finalists were entered into the People’s Choice Award – the only award voted for externally by the public.

Group managing director of Wilsons, Charlotte Perkins, said: “Being the only independent and not for profit awards of its kind, the Midlands Family Business Awards has a sole focus on celebrating and showcasing the hugely positive impact our regions’ family businesses have on our economy by supporting those companies and building communities of like-minded professionals.

“A huge well done to all those who have been successful tonight – both winners and highly commended– the achievements of your businesses are very impressive and the awards will hopefully be a lasting reminder of that.

“As a not for profit event, it wouldn’t be possible to do what we do without the generous support of our sponsors, many of whom have been involved in the awards for a number of years. We are grateful that so many brilliant firms support us and get involved.”

Over the last 10 years, the Midlands Family Business Awards has raised over £35k for regional charities, and to mark the 10th year the awards will be raising money via a raffle for the award’s chosen charities: Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance and The Midlands Air Ambulance.

Main sponsors of the 2019 awards were OrderWise (headline sponsor), Buckles Solicitors, PwC, Shakespeare Martineau, Streets Chartered Accountants and Ward Recycling.

The full list of winners and highly commended businesses of the 10th Midlands Family Business Awards are:

Family Business of the Year (sponsored by OrderWise)

Winner: The Wilkins Group

HC: Charles Bentley & Son

HC: Johnsons Coach and Bus Travel

Best Small Family Business

Winner: The Wool Packaging Company

HC: Hunts Coach Hire

HC: Petwood Hotel

Construction & Property Excellence

Winner: O’Keeffe Building Services

HC: Andrews Building Supplies

HC: S Brown Paving

Corporate Social Responsibility (Sponsored by Ward Recycling)

Winner: Jupiter group

HC: Bright Side Vets

HC: Oakland International

Employer of the Year (Sponsored by Buckles Solicitors)

Winner: CR Civil Engineering

HC: Total Reclaims Demolition

HC: Trans-Sport.tv

Fastest Growing Family Business (sponsored by PricewaterhouseCoopers)

Winner: UK Meds

HC: Juice Sauz

HC: Vanilla Underground

Next Generation Family Business Leader (sponsored by Shakespeare Martineau LLP)

Winner: A W Lymn – Matthew Lymn Rose

HC: Global Solutions for Clothing – Harrison Palmer

HC: Streets Heaver – Benedict Heaver

Manufacturing Excellence (sponsored by The Wilson Organisation)

Winner: Charles Bentley & Son

HC: Grayson Thermal Systems

HC: Jointine Products

Rising Stars

Winner: Bright Side Vets

HC: Recruit 2 You

HC: SMART Balustrades

Service Excellence

Winner: Andrews Building Supplies

Special HC: Absolute Works

HC: Johnsons Coach and Bus Travel

People’s Choice

Winner: CR Civil Engineering

HC: Johnsons Coach and Bus Travel

HC: UK Meds

Anniversary Award

Winner: Lobina Transport

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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