Awards set to showcase family businesses | Wilson Organisation


June 4, 2013

Awards set to showcase family businesses

Awards set to showcase family businesses

Family businesses large, small and from any sector or industry are being encouraged to shout about their work and achievements and enter the Midlands only independent Awards initiative for family businesses, their leaders and advisers.

The not for profit Midlands Family Business Awards are free to enter, and submission forms are available online at until the end of June.

The ten categories for 2013 include the new Retail Excellence Award, sponsored by Triplar, the headline Family Business of the Year Award, sponsored by Smith Cooper, and the Manufacturing Excellence, Leading Adviser, Fastest Growing and Business Innovation categories.

Now in their fourth year, the Awards were created and are organised by third generation family business, The Wilson Organisation, an insurance and financial advisory firm.

MD of Wilsons Charlotte Perkins, comments: “The categories for 2013 have been designed to give family businesses, family and non-family members working in the business, their leaders and advisers, the opportunity to showcase their work and successes, whatever their main operation or industry sector. Entries are free and can be made in one or more of the categories, so long as the business is eligible.

“The Awards are now established as a trusted brand amongst family businesses across the Midlands, as they spotlight and recognise the amazing contribution, innovation and commitment that family businesses and their owners make to our region.”

The ten categories for 2013 are:

• Family Business of the Year
• Best Small Family Business of the Year (turnover up to £5M)
• Fastest Growing Family Business
• Retail Excellence
• Manufacturing Excellence
• Business Innovation
• Leading Adviser to Family Businesses
• Service Excellence
• Outstanding Contribution
• Commitment to the Community

Since their launch in 2010, the Awards have raised more than £15,000 for Midlands-based charities supporting young enterprise and young people. This year the Awards are raising funds for The Outward Bound Trust, an educational charity dedicated to unlocking the potential in young people through learning and adventure in the wild.

Additional sponsors for 2013 are Barclays, Crouch Logistics, PwC, Royal Sun Alliance, Thomas Miller Investment and Unum. Insider is media partner of the Awards.

For more information on the Award categories, sponsors, independent judging panel, and how to enter, visit:

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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