Awards raise £4,000 for The Prince’s Trust | Wilson Organisation


January 29, 2013

Awards raise £4,000 for The Prince’s Trust

Awards raise £4,000 for The Prince’s Trust

The not-for-profit Midlands Family Business Awards that are unique in the Midlands have raised £4,000 for The Prince’s Trust.

The Awards recognise and celebrate family businesses across the region. Now in their fourth year the Awards are run by specialist independent insurance and financial advisor and a third generation family business, The Wilson Organisation.

Wilsons’ Managing Director Charlotte Perkins and CEO Annabel Prow presented the cheque to The Prince’s Trust Fundraising Manager Namita Patel, who said:

“We are grateful that The Wilson Organisation and the Family Business Awards team chose us as their charity in 2012. The Awards are inspirational to all of the region’s family businesses who often get overlooked and I hope we can see our young entrepreneurs shortlisted in the future.”

The Midlands Family Business Awards 2012 headline award was won by 75-year-old fourth generation business, A E Beckett & Sons of Wythall, Birmingham. They received the Award at a prestigious dinner at Leicester’s iconic Curve Theatre in November last year, when all winners in the Awards’ further nine categories were announced.

Making the cheque presentation, Wilsons’ Annabel Prow said: “The Midlands Family Business Awards is a charitable initiative that has raised over £15,000 for charities supporting young people and families, since their launch in 2010. We are conscious that not all children are born into the same opportunities or values that are often the privilege of those born into successful family businesses.

“The funds raised by the Awards throughout 2012 are as a result of the unwavering generosity of their many supporters and the family businesses themselves, through sponsorship, a Comedy Night, charity auction, donations, and ticket sales for the Awards dinner itself.

“The Awards team is delighted to make this donation on behalf of the Midlands’ family business community, to a charity which provides amazing support to young people and their families. We know that in the last twelve months, The Prince’s Trust has supported over 4,500 young people in the East Midlands and 5,300 in the West Midlands, in its Team Programme, Business Start-ups and Community Projects. The funds raised by the Awards in 2012 will be utilised to continue the charity’s great work for young people across the region.”

Headline sponsor of the 2012 Awards was Smith Cooper, with additional individual category sponsors Aviva, Barclays, Family Business Futures, First Actuarial, Geldards, Harvey Ingram Shakespeares, PwC, RSA, Thomas Miller Investment and Unum.

For more information, a full list of the judges, winning and Highly Commended family businesses in the 2012 Awards’ ten categories, and a gallery of images from the Awards Dinner, visit: The 2013 Midlands Family Business Awards will be launched on 25th April.

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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