Becketts Farm backs Awards’ new Employer category | Wilson Organisation


June 27, 2014

Becketts Farm backs Awards’ new Employer category

Becketts Farm backs Awards’ new Employer category

South Birmingham multi-award winning fourth generation family business Becketts Farm is the sponsor of a new 2014 Midlands Family Business Awards’ category that will find the best family business employer in the region.

Becketts Farm is sponsor of the Employer of the Year category, continuing its relationship with the Awards which began in 2012, when Becketts was crowned the Midlands Family Business of the Year (pictured), and last year saw MD Simon Beckett on the judging panel for the Leading Adviser Award.

“The Employer of the Year Award has been introduced with the aim of recognising the Midlands’ family businesses which put their people at the heart of their organisation,” explains Charlotte Perkins, MD of The Wilson Organisation, which organises the Midlands Family Business Awards.

“Employing 115 people, Becketts Farm is one of the largest employers in the local area and we know it prides itself on supporting its staff and the local community to ensure their futures progress in tandem. This commitment to staff and their development makes Becketts an excellent, highly relevant partner for the brand new Employer of the Year category. We are indebted to all our sponsors, and delighted that Becketts is joining us as a sponsor this year.

“As a former Award winner and judge, Becketts have truly seen the Awards from all angles,” adds Charlotte, “so they know and understand the Awards, which are not-for-profit and the only independent initiative in the Midlands to recognise the work and activities of the regions family businesses.”

Adrian Beckett, Marketing Manager at Becketts says: “Throughout our history, we have remained committed to creating and maintaining a positive, familial relationship with all our staff, many of whom have been with us for a substantial time. We have a policy of encouraging and supporting new entrants into the business, training youngsters in the art of bakery and butchery for example. We feel this commitment to being a supportive, fair and open-minded employer makes us well-placed to sponsor, and judge, the Awards’ new Employer of the Year category.”

Entries for all ten categories in the 2014 Awards are free and can be made via the Awards’ website:  until midnight on the 14th July 2014. Family businesses of any size, sector or specialism can enter up to three categories. For help with choosing a category and entering the Awards, contact Wilsons’ Ped Briggs, Tel: 0115 942 0111, email:

Becketts Farm is a constantly evolving agri-business and has been farming in the south Birmingham area for almost 80 years. Starting in dairy farming in 1937, activities expanded during the 1960s when it developed into a leading mass egg production specialist.

Recent diversification has resulted in Becketts’ current core business in fresh food retail. Its Wythall site comprises an award-winning Farm Shop and Family Restaurant, conference and meeting facilities, and The Orange Kitchen Cookery School, which runs a variety of courses for budding and more accomplished chefs. Becketts was voted the Midlands Best Farm Shop by the Good Food Show last year.

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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