Belton Massey Midlands Family Business 2013 | Wilson Organisation


November 16, 2013

Belton Massey Midlands Family Business 2013

Belton Massey Midlands Family Business 2013

Mansfield-based manufacturer Belton Massey has been crowned the Midlands Family Business of the Year in the region’s only independent Awards initiative for family businesses.

Belton Massey picked-up the top prize in the 2013 Midlands Family Business Awards, organised by third generation family business The Wilson Organisation.

The company is Europe’s largest independent manufacturer of high quality, non-original catalytic converters. Established in 1966, it operates from two manufacturing bases in Mansfield, supplying distributors and garages in more than thirty countries worldwide.

All winners and runners-up in the Awards’ ten categories were announced at a black tie dinner at the University of Birmingham’s majestic Great Hall last night (14th November 2013).

Forty-two family businesses made the final cut and faced the judges during September. The independent judging panel included TV presenter Alex Polizzi, Simon Beckett of Becketts Farm the 2012 Family Business of the Year, President of Speedo International David Robinson, Mark Samworth of Samworth Brothers, MD of 99p Stores Hussein Lalani, Parveen Mehta of MWW, Henry Yap of Wing Yip Store and John Horrell of Dodson & Horrell.

Belton Massey is one of eight Award winners from the East Midlands – Derby’s Deaf Alerter took the Best Small (turnover less than £5M) Family Business Award, Bowler Energy won the Business Innovation Award, Cope Seeds and Robert Woodhead were joint winners of the Commitment to the Community category, Derby jeweller CW Sellors took the inaugural Retail Excellence title, Nottingham’s Halsbury Travel won the Fastest Growing Award, and Swiftool Precision Engineering picked-up the Manufacturing Excellence prize.

In the West Midlands, 4-star family-owned Lea Marston Hotel & Spa took the Service Excellence title, Tamworth’s Suncream Dairies’ MD Rebecca Manfredi the Outstanding Contribution Award, and Chris Romans, partner at PwC in Birmingham and a specialist in tax services to privately owned groups, was crowned the Midlands’ leading adviser to Family Businesses.

Commenting on the Awards, Alex Polizzi, who judged the headline Family Business of the Year Award alongside Chris Taylor of business advisory firm Smith Cooper, said: “I have been very impressed with the quality of the finalists in the Family Business of the Year Award. We should all be supportive of family businesses wherever we can and it is nice to have the opportunity to sing of their successes.”

The Midlands Family Business Awards is organised by third generation family business The Wilson Organisation. Its MD Charlotte Perkins, said: “Each of the businesses entering the Awards this year has demonstrated the incredible quality, innovation and scope of the work of family businesses across theMidlands, and each of our finalists showed a clear commitment to defining and expressing the family values inherent within their organisations.”

Chris Taylor, Partner at Smith Cooper in Nottingham, commented: “As Headline sponsor, one of our favourite duties is to participate in the judging of The Family Business of The Year Award. Each year we meet some truly incredible businesses and this year was no exception. Choosing a winner was a really difficult decision for all of the judges because we saw so many passionate and ambitious businesses.”

The firms’ Jackie Hendley, Partner and Head of Tax in Birmingham, added: “What stood out with this years’ winner was the enthusiasm and passion with which they run their business. Belton Massey is a truly deserving winner and we wish them the very best!”

Now in their fourth year, the Midlands Family Business Awards are the regions only not-for-profit, independent initiative for family businesses. All funds raised in 2013 will go to The Outward Bound Trust, the educational charity for young people. Since their launch, the Awards have raised more than £15,000 for Midlands-based charities.

The full list of family businesses and advisers winning and Highly Commended in the 2013 Awards’ ten categories, together with profiles of the judges on the independent panel this year, are available on the Awards’ website:

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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