Family Business Awards’ finalists unveiled | Wilson Organisation


September 6, 2017

Family Business Awards’ finalists unveiled

Family Business Awards’ finalists unveiled

The forty-five family businesses through to the final stage of the Midlands Family Business Awards 2017 have been announced, with thirty-six from the East Midlands and nine from the West Midlands.

The East Midlands dominates the headline Midlands Family Business of the Year with four Lincolnshire, one Leicestershire and one Derby business named as the 2017 finalists.

Amongst the East Midlands roll call of finalists in the remaining nine categories are Derby’s NK Motors, shortlisted in three Awards, and Lincolnshire’s Orderwise that are a finalist in two categories this year.

Also through to the final stage are Leicestershire’s Dalycom and S & J European Haulage, Nottingham’s A1 Flue Systems, Ballards Removals and Wilkins Group, Derbyshire family businesses Ward Recycling, Morley Hayes and Magenta, whilst the current holder of the Best Small Family Business Award, Bambino Mio, is shortlisted in the International Trade Award.

Amongst the West Midlands family firms making the final cut are Worcester’s Airband, and Stafford-based River Canal Rescue, both shortlisted finalists in three categories.

Warwickshire HR, coaching and recruitment business Absolute Works is a finalist in the Employer of the Year category, and two family firms based on the Solihull Parkway business park, Corporate Solutions and Open Study College.

All finalists now meet the Awards’ individual category independent judging panels, with each one led by a leading family business person, supported by a sponsor representative, an industry expert and representative from the Midlands Family Business Awards team.

The finalists are also automatically entered into the People’s Choice Award, sponsored by Streets Chartered Accountants, which will see them face the public vote to find the overall Winner and Highly Commended businesses.

The winners and final results remain a tightly kept secret until the Awards ceremony and black-tie dinner on Thursday 9th November 2017 at Derby Velodrome, which will be attended by more than 300 guests including representatives from each of this year’s forty-five finalists.

Now in their eighth year, the not-for-profit Midlands Family Business Awards are backed and run by The Wilson Organisation. The firm’s MD Charlotte Perkins, the third generation of the family to lead the business alongside her sister Annabel Prow, explains: 

“The Awards are the region’s only independent initiative to recognise the work and achievements of family businesses. Each of this year’s entrants demonstrate the exceptional pedigree of the family businesses based across the Midlands, and the finalists together prove the family business sector’s vital contribution to the region’s economy. We wish all finalists the very best when they meet the judges in the final round.”

For the full line-up of finalists in the ten categories for 2017, visit The Awards website. 

The Midlands Family Business Awards are the only independent not-for-profit Awards for family businesses in the Midlands.

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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