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June 12, 2018

Family Business Masterclass to lift the lid on what makes a winning Award entry

Family Business Masterclass to lift the lid on what makes a winning Award entry

Businesses considering entering the Midlands’ flagship awards for family businesses are to be given exclusive access to the team behind them along with advice on what makes a winning entry, at a free event this month.

Organisers of the Midlands Family Business Awards, the only initiative dedicated to celebrating and recognising the achievements and innovations of Midlands-based family run and owned firms, are hosting their first ever free Masterclass event in Leicester, on the 28th June.

A new addition to the 2018 Awards programme, the lunchtime Masterclass session has been created to provide family businesses thinking of entering the Awards with unprecedented access to top tips, practical advice and insights, about how enter the Awards and what could help make their entry stand out.

The Awards’ Creative Director, Hilary Campton (pictured), says the event will be ideal for family businesses wishing to enter the Awards but who may feel a little unsure of where to begin:

“The Masterclass will be a really useful, interactive, relaxed forum where family businesses can find out more about the Awards to help them get started with their entry well ahead of the 13th July deadline,” she says.

“Whether you are a family business about to embark on your first-ever Awards entry and are feeling a little daunted at where and how to begin, or a family firm already part-way through your entry but looking to finetune it before the entry deadline, the event has been designed to help answer queries and share some real insider information about the Awards and this year’s categories.”

As well as advice from the Awards team, previous winners will share tips and experiences of the Awards and the judging process, whilst one of the Awards independent judging panel will share insights on what the judges look for from finalists on the all-important interview judging days.

Running from midday until 2.30pm, the Masterclass is at Leicester’s Morningside Arena on Thursday 28th June, and includes lunch. Places are free and limited to two per family business. To reserve a place, contact Ped Briggs: pbriggs@wilorg.com.

Entries for the 2018 Midlands Family Business Awards are free, open to all Midlands family businesses, and can be made via the Awards website www.familybusinessawards.co.uk, until midnight on the 13th July. 

The full line-up of categories 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.

Now in their ninth year, the Awards are a not-for-profit, charitable initiative, the Awards are 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 over £30,000 for Midlands-based charities.

They are organised and supported by third generation family business The Wilson Organisation, which provides innovative insurance and financial solutions to businesses and individuals both regionally and nationally.

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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