Family Business Futures Conference | Wilson Organisation


Family Business Futures Conference

Tuesday, April 28, 2015 12:00 pm

Family Business Futures Conference

Not just another day talking about succession!

Succession is a major issue for many family businesses, but it is certainly not the only factor in determining their level of success. At the Family Business Futures Conference on 28 April 2015, the focus will be on business success and examining the elements that lead to it.

Inspiring keynote speakers will talk about the changes they made to their family businesses – how they have achieved growth, increased profitability, greater customer satisfaction and a more stable and motivated team.

Focussed workshops will then enable you to have detailed discussions about the factors that are most relevant to your family business; whether it is improving internal communications, creating an environment for innovation and new product development, keeping pace with digital marketing innovations, or family relationships, succession and HR.

Tactical and strategic networking sessions will make sure you get the opportunity to speak with other business leaders and detailed follow up notes will make sure you take away learning from the day in a way that can be examined and implemented in your family business.

Who should attend?

If you are part of a family run business, the Family Business Futures Conference is a must for you to attend. Whether you are from the senior generation or have just joined the family business in a defined role, you will both have knowledge to bring to the day and learning to take away from it.

So, how do I book?

The Family Business Futures Conference will be held at The City Rooms, Leicester on 28 April 2015. To book your delegate ticket and see full programme information, visit the Family Business Futures conference website.


Family Business Futures is a not-for-profit organisation created by Annabel Prow and Charlotte Perkins of Wilsons, they look forward to seeing you at the conference and starting the journey to greater business success.

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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Wilson House, 1/3 Waverley Street, Nottingham, NG7 4HG

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Harold Wilson (Insurances) Ltd. and Harold Wilson Financial Services Ltd. are authorised and regulated by the FCA (Financial Conduct Authority)