Entries for Family Business Awards open in style | Wilson Organisation


May 1, 2014

Entries for Family Business Awards open in style

Entries for Family Business Awards open in style

The Midlands Family Business Awards 2014 opened in style today the 1st May, with events in both the East and West Midlands.

The region’s only independent not-for-profit Awards for family businesses, their leaders and advisers launched at a lunchtime event at the Library of Birmingham and ‘teatime tapas’ at Iberico Derby, officially marking the opening for entries this year.

Family businesses of any size, sector or specialism can enter free of charge and full details of the Awards’ ten categories were unveiled at the events, including the headline Midlands Family Business of the Year and three categories new for 2014 –International Development, Employer of the Year and Director of the Year (under 40).

The line-up of sponsors and supporters for 2014 was also revealed at the events and includes Midlands’ accountants and business advisors Smith Cooper, the Awards’ headline sponsor for the fourth consecutive year, Barclays, Crouch Logistics, PwC, Shakespeares, Unum, Thomas Miller Investment and First Actuarial.

The 2014 Awards are raising funds for The Outward Bound Trust, the educational charity for young people. Since their launch in 2010, the Awards have raised in the region of £20,000 for charities supporting young people and enterprise.

Categories for 2014 are:

Midlands Family Business of the Year

Best Small Family Business

Fastest Growing Family Business

Business Innovation

Leading Adviser to Family Businesses

Manufacturing Excellence

Employer of the Year

International Development

Director of the Year (under 40)

Service Excellence

Speaking at the events, Charlotte Perkins explained: “Entries for the 2014 Awards are open from today until the end of June. Family businesses can enter as many categories as they would like and the submission process is quick, simple and totally free.

“As a charitable initiative, we are indebted to the generosity of our sponsors and supporters, many of whom are returning for the fourth or even fifth year in 2014.

“Wilsons is a third generation family business, and we recognise just how important it is to showcase and celebrate the amazing successes and contribution of the Midlands’ family businesses, one of the main aims of the Awards. We look forward to a record number of entries in 2014 and would encourage family businesses to enter so they gain the recognition they deserve.”

For more information about the 2014 Awards, categories, sponsors independent judging panel, and how to enter, visit: www.familybusinessawards.co.uk or contact  Ped Briggs  pbriggs@wilorg.com.

Family businesses generate over £1 trillion each year in UK revenues and provide more than nine million jobs in the UK. The Midlands is home to over 400,000 family businesses.

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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