2014 marks a significant milestone for The Wilson Organisation, celebrating 100 years in business.
Wilsons has undergone huge change since it was founded by Harold Wilson in 1914, when he stood outside motor taxation offices in Nottingham to offer people insurance. There were eight staff working in the business by the time the young John J Prow joined in 1960, the firm having been bought by his father several years before.
When John’s parents died in an accident, he found himself in charge of the business at the very young age of 27. Despite having only eight years’ experience, John wanted to continue to grow the business and soon found the value of having the right team behind him.
Wilsons has pursued a policy of growth, both organically and through the acquisition of other broking firms. Growth has been achieved by providing clients, both corporate and private, with expert professional advice, service and integrity with a constant awareness of changes in industry and market conditions.
Today John’s daughters Annabel and Charlotte are the third generation of the family to run the business, supported at Wilsons by their father and mother Olga.
Commenting on Wilsons’ centenary milestone, Annabel adds: “The firm has never stood still, and our commitment to our clients and the belief that they are the most important part of the business, is as strong today as it was when the firm began in 1914. Our reputation for service excellence and innovation in the insurance services and financial advice provided by Wilsons has endured the economic challenges and social changes over its 100-year history.”
Charlotte believes that the spirit of innovation is something that is still as relevant to the business today as it has been for the last 100 years. “We remain an organisation with pioneering spirit, we have never stood still and been complacent in our position as we believe this is not in ours, or our client’ best interests. We have always maintained that the most important part of our business is our clients, both large and small, corporate and private. We are very proud to say that many of our clients have remained with us for decades.“