CSR | Wilson Organisation


Creating a positive impact on our community and reducing our environmental impact

Creating a positive impact on our community and reducing our environmental impact

Corporate social responsibility is something we take seriously. Wilsons are committed to our community, our people and our clients. We support local charities, our local and business community and are committed to reducing the impact we have on our environment.

We achieve our CSR objectives in a number of ways:

  • The Midlands Family Business Awards – an independent, not-for-profit initiative created by Wilsons in 2010 to showcase the achievements of family businesses and their leaders, giving the region’s best run and most innovative family businesses the chance to shine
  • Supporting local charities – not only through the funds raised through the Awards, but also encouraging our people to get actively involved and help in a more ‘hands-on’ way, both on work time and their own
  • Supporting local businesses – wherever possible we work with local suppliers, for everything from our painting and decorating to our document storage and IT solutions
  • Business ethics – we act transparently and in the best interests of our clients, staff and business partners in everything we do
  • Environmental responsibility – we are constantly looking for new ways to reduce our impact on the environment and we’ve installed water filter machines,  recycle toners, encourage video / telephone conference calls, moved towards a largely paperless environment and in 2014 we’ll save 39 trees just by changing our printers
  • Staff wellbeing – not only through our benefits package (which is what you’d expect from a financial services provider!), but also providing shower facilities for those who run or cycle to work, along with secure cycle parking
  • Corporate involvement – memberships to our local Insurance Institute, Chamber of Commerce and Institute for Family Businesses
  • Diversity and equal opportunities – we are firmly committed to providing a diverse, transparent and open working environment for all our staff, clients, suppliers and contacts, ensuring fair treatment for all
  • People development – our people are of paramount importance to our business and we believe that through attracting, developing and retaining talented individuals we can provide an exceptional working environment and excellent client care



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.

Registered Office:
Wilson House, 1/3 Waverley Street, Nottingham, NG7 4HG

Registered in England Number 862690 - Members of British Insurance Brokers Association

Harold Wilson (Insurances) Ltd. and Harold Wilson Financial Services Ltd. are authorised and regulated by the FCA (Financial Conduct Authority)