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Bonningtons sponsors Midlands Family Business Awards

Bonningtons sponsors Midlands Family Business Awards

Nottingham family firm Bonningtons has announced it is the lead sponsor of the 2016 Midlands Family Business Awards.

The businesses’ Managing Director, Ian Fisher is the Awards’ current Director of the Year title-holder.

The awards aim to recognise exceptional individuals and entrepreneurial talent from businesses across the Midlands and all candidates are assessed and judged by an independent judging panel.

Sponsorship of the awards rounds off an unprecedented 12 months in Bonnington’s history. After an extensive rebrand of the business, focusing on the core values of Integrity, Quality and Trust, as well as continued growth across the business, Bonningtons could not think of a better time to pledge our support for the Midlands Family Business Awards.

Commenting on Bonningtons’ sponsorship of the awards, Ian Fisher said:

“Winning Director of the Year last year at the Midlands Family Business Awards was such an honour and made the hard work and determination of myself and the team at Bonningtons worthwhile. To receive validation for all the efforts that we as a business have made over the past few years from a prestigious panel of professionals was such a proud moment for me. We are all absolutely delighted to support the awards this year and can’t wait to congratulate the 2016 winners.”

Bonnington’s rebrand is only the start of Ian’s ambitious strategy for the company with plans to double in size over the next three years already well underway.

For Ian, the decision for Bonningtons to sponsor the awards was a clear call to make: “Bonningtons has and will always remain a family business and as such those family values are at the core of what we do,” he said. “We are committed to boosting the local economy and giving back to the community in which we operate and through sponsoring the Midlands Family Business Awardswe can help recognise the great business talent operating across the Midlands.”

The awards are set to be a great night where the very best talent the Midlands has to offer will be showcased and recognised. Charlotte Perkins, Group MD of The Wilson Organisation, the Nottingham based family business that created the Awards seven years ago, commented:

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. We are indebted to the support of our sponsors, without whom the Awards would simply not be possible.”

for more information about the 2016 Midlands Family Business Awards and this year’s finalists, visit:

Photo shows – Ian Fisher (left) collecting his Award at last year’s Midlands Family Business Awards ceremony from Charlotte Perkins (right) Group MD of the Wilson Organisation and sponsor Claire Whittaker of RSA (centre).

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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