January 29, 2013
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: www.familybusinessawards.co.uk. The 2013 Midlands Family Business Awards will be launched on 25th April.