Entries open for annual search for the Midlands’ top family businesses | Wilson Organisation


May 10, 2018

Entries open for annual search for the Midlands’ top family businesses

Entries open for annual search for the Midlands’ top family businesses

Entries for the UK’s only independent, not-for-profit annual Awards showcase for family businesses in the Midlands, are now open.

Organisers of the 2018 Midlands Family Business Awards hailed this year’s search officially open at their official breakfast launch this week, when past winners joined representatives from family firms from across the region, the Awards’ sponsors and supporters, and their organiser The Wilson Organisation.

Now in their ninth year, the Awards are the only initiative dedicated to celebrating and recognising the success, achievements and innovations of family run and owned businesses across the Midlands.

Entries for the 2018 Awards are free, open to all Midlands family businesses, and can be made via the Awards website, from now until midnight on the 13th July. 

Details of the full line-up of categories and sponsors of the 2018 Awards were revealed at the Birmingham event, which also marked the official handover of the funds raised by the Awards last year to their chosen charities – £3000 to Alzheimer’s Society, and Autism West Midlands and Autism East Midlands each received £2000.

Business management software company OrderWise, the current titleholder of the flagship Midlands Family Business of the Year, was announced as this year’s headline sponsor. 

The individual category sponsors so far confirmed are Buckles Solicitors, Goldfish, John Pye Auctions, Morningside Pharmaceuticals, PwC, Shakespeare Martineau, and Streets Chartered Accountants.

The full line-up of categories and their sponsors in 2018 is:

·         Family Business of the Year – sponsored by OrderWise

·         Best Small Family Business – sponsored by John Pye Auctions

·         Director of the Year – sponsored by Goldfish

·         Employer of the Year – sponsored by Buckles Solicitors

·         Innovation – sponsored by Morningside Pharmaceuticals

·         Fastest Growing Family Business – sponsored by PwC

·         Service Excellence – sponsored by Shakespeare Martineau

·         Manufacturing Excellence

·         Retail Excellence

·         Corporate Social Responsibility

·         People’s Choice Award – sponsored by Streets Chartered Accountants and decided by public vote. 

Speaking at the launch, Charlotte Perkins, MD of third generation family business The Wilson Organisation, explained: “Entries are now open, and can be made free of charge, until 13th of July, and the process is really easy – just head to the Awards website, register, and start your online submissions in up to two categories. The entry criteria for all ten categories can also be found on the website.”

She added: “The Awards are firmly established as a highlight in the Midlands calendar, and this year look set to be even bigger and more exciting than ever.

“Year-on-year, the Awards grow in strength, popularity and awareness, and bring together a network of over 1,000 family businesses.

“We are indebted to all our sponsors and wider Awards team for their continued support, and thrilled last year’s Awards successfully raised so much for our chosen charities.”

The 2018 Midlands Family Business Awards climax with a black-tie dinner and ceremony on Thursday 22nd November 2018 at Leicester’s Athena, where the winners and highly commended in each category will be announced.

For further details or help with entering the Awards, visit the website, and contact: Ped Briggs email: pbriggs@wilorg.com, T: 0115 942 0111.

The Awards are a not-for-profit, charitable initiative created to celebrate and recognise the success, achievements and innovations of the region’s family run and owned businesses. Since their launch, they have raised £30,000 for Midlands-based charities.

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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