Awards showcase for Midlands family businesses to launch in Derbyshire | Wilson Organisation


May 6, 2016

Awards showcase for Midlands family businesses to launch in Derbyshire

Awards showcase for Midlands family businesses to launch in Derbyshire

The Midlands only Awards initiative dedicated to celebrating and recognising the region’s family run and owned enterprises will launch on the 18th May 2016 at Derbyshire’s spectacular Donington Hall.

Full details of the sponsors and categories for the seventh annual Midlands Family Business Awards, will be unveiled at the event, but Awards’ organisers The Wilson Organisation, a third generation family business, have already confirmed that family firm Bonnington Plastics is sponsor of the 2016 headline Family Business of the Year category.

Ian Fisher, Managing Director of Bonnington Plastics, won the Director of the Year title in 2015 and the business was also a finalist in the Fastest Growing Family Business category. Ian says: “The family and business are proud to be taking a lead role in The Midlands Family Business Awards in 2016, and to helping other family business gain recognition for their achievements.”

The not-for-profit Awards got off to a flying start earlier this year with Nottingham-based specialist tax advisory firm Bedrock the first to pledge their support by signing up as sponsor of the Best Small Family Business category that is open to family firms with an annual turnover of up to £5m.

A number of established supporters of the Awards have also already confirmed their involvement again in 2016 – PwC is sponsor of the Fastest Growing Family Business, Barclays is sponsoring the Entrepreneur of the Year, Royal London the Employer of the Year, and RSA is sponsor of the coveted Director of the Year category.

New for 2016 is a ‘People’s Choice Award’ to be sponsored by Streets Accountants. All finalists shortlisted in the Awards ten judged categories will automatically be entered into the People’s Choice category, with the Winner and Highly Commended business decided purely by public vote.

The launch event at Donington Hall starts at 5.30pm with a drinks and canapes reception, but guests also have the rare opportunity to tour the Norton Factory nearby before the launch party at 4.30pm as guest of Norton’s MD Stuart Garner.

Charlotte Perkins, MD of The Wilson Organisation, and Ian Fisher of headline sponsor Bonnington Plastics, will explain the plans for the 2016 Awards at the event.

“The Awards are now very well established on the Midlands’ awards calendar,” comments Charlotte, “and last year attracted entries from an impressive range of family run and owned businesses.

“The Awards are a unique, independent, not-for-profit initiative in the region that recognise and celebrate the work and achievements of family owned businesses and their leaders. Year-on-year, the Awards grow in strength, popularity and awareness – they bring together a network of 1000 family businesses that is also an incredible community of individuals and businesses all with one common goal – to raise awareness of the contribution the family business sector makes both in the Midlands and nationally, and to reward and acknowledge their work, successes and sustainability.

“As their organisers, we continue to strive to build on the Awards’ amazing legacy and incredible support, and this year is no exception with a number of new ideas and a simplified entry process, details of which will be unveiled at our launch.

“As a not for profit, independent set of Awards we are indebted to the support of our sponsors, without whom the Awards would simply not be possible.”

Amongst the launch’s guests will be family business owners from across the Midlands, including past finalists and winners, as well as judges, sponsors and supporters.

For more information and to book a place at the Donington Hall launch party, contact Wilsons’ Ped Briggs: or on 0115 942 7506.

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Now in their seventh year, the Awards are organised by their founder Nottingham insurance and financial solutions firm The Wilson Organisation, itself a third generation family business. Since their launch in 2010, the Awards have raised over £20,000 for charities supporting young people and enterprise.

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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