Family Business Awards’ deadline extended | Wilson Organisation


July 27, 2017

Family Business Awards’ deadline extended

Family Business Awards’ deadline extended

The deadline for entries for the 2017 Midlands Family Business Awards has been extended by almost two weeks to midnight on Friday 11 August.

Entries are free of charge and can be made via the Awards website, with ten categories to choose from, including the headline Family Business of the Year Award.

“We have had a number of requests for more time,” explains Charlotte Perkins of family business The Wilson Organisation which organises the Awards, “and we want to ensure family run and owned businesses don’t miss the chance to showcase their work and achievements, so have pushed back our final deadline by nearly two weeks to help them with more time to polish and perfect their submissions.

“You can call the Awards team with any queries, from which category may be best, to when and where the judging days will be held – we’re always here to help, and entries can be saved and revisited at any time before making the final submission by the new deadline of midnight on Friday 11 August.”

Entries can be made in up to three categories from this year’s Awards full line-up:

·         Family Business of the Year – sponsored by Bonningtons

·         Best Small Family Business – sponsored by John Pye Auctions

·         Best Use of Digital – sponsored by Distinction

·         Director of the Year – sponsored by Midland Conference Services

·         Employer of the Year – sponsored by Royal London

·         Entrepreneur of the Year – sponsored by Morningside Pharmaceuticals

·         Fastest Growing Family Business – sponsored by PwC

·         International Trade – sponsored by Barclays

·         Manufacturing Excellence

·         Service Excellence

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

The Midlands Family Business Awards, now in their eighth year, are 100 percent independent and not-for-profit, as Charlotte explains: “These Awards are not about making money, instead they are all about the family business community. Thanks to the incredible generosity of our sponsors, some of which have been with us from the Awards’ inaugural year, they are run as a not-for-profit initiative to support the Midlands’ family business community to share and celebrate their successes.”

Six finalists in each category will be chosen to go forward and meet the judging panel, with informal interviews taking place from mid-September to mid-October.

Each judging panel is led by a leading family business person, supported by a sponsor representative, an industry expert and representative from the Awards team, with the results a tightly kept secret until the Awards ceremony and black-tie dinner on Thursday 9th November 2017 at Derby Velodrome.

For further details or help with entering the Awards, contact: Ped Briggs email:, T: 0115 942 0111.

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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