Award-winning BM Catalysts to speak at unique event for family businesses | Wilson Organisation


April 9, 2014

Award-winning BM Catalysts to speak at unique event for family businesses

Award-winning BM Catalysts to speak at unique event for family businesses

The Chairman of the Midlands Family Business of the Year BM Catalysts is guest speaker at a free speed dating style event for family businesses and advisers in Nottingham next month.

The East Midlands’ inaugural Ask the Adviser event takes place at the family-owned Carriage Hall in Plumtree on the 8th May, and is hosted by Families in Business (FiB).

FiB’s Ask the Adviser is designed to connect family businesses with an array of non competing advisers, from accountants and lawyers to marketing specialists, and presents the unique opportunity for family business representatives to have short one-to-one confidential meetings with up to five advisers, in one place and one morning. Wilsons are delighted to be part of the event and look forward to speaking with the family businesses attending.

Mansfield-based manufacturer BM Catalysts is the reigning Midlands Family Business of the Year. Its Chairman John Massey is guest speaker at the event and will share his own personal story of being in the family business. John began work at BM Catalyst in 1966 and today the business is Europe’s largest independent manufacturer of catalytic converters for the after market for light commercial vehicles and cars. It employs between 200 and 300 people, depending on the time of year, and has annual sales in the region of £21.5 million.

“We’re really pleased to be bringing Ask the Adviser to the East Midlands,” says FiB CEO and Founder, Dani Saveker, “especially as it has been one of our most important regions since we launched in 2012. The East Midlands boasts the highest percentage of family businesses in Britain, being home to 237,000 family businesses, which accounts for 77 percent of all businesses in the region and eight percent nationally.  The region is a great supporter of its family businesses, not least as the birth place of the Midlands Family Business Awards five years ago. “

Dani explains the Ask the Adviser events are specifically designed to create a fun, highly confidential and valuable environment for hard working members of family businesses: “In one morning family business owners and leaders can access the best possible advisers who understand and focus on the issues that can impact them as individuals, businesses and families, without fear of being sold to. It is a fast-paced, networking based concept specifically designed for busy family business owners, leaders and key team members.

“Our East Midlands partners PKF Cooper Parry, Nelsons and Cooper Parry Wealth will be on hand at the event, alongside an array of other service providers and insurance, marketing, finance, funding and HR advisers, who will be there simply to listen and help the family-run businesses they meet.

“It seems fitting that BM Catalysts, the reigning Midlands Family Business of the Year, will be our guest family business on the day, with its Chairman John Massey sharing his own fascinating story.”

The Nottingham Ask the Adviser runs from 8.30am to 1pm on Thursday 8th May. If you would like to attend, Wilsons would love to see you there – simply contact Ped Briggs on 0115 9420 111 or


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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