Midlands family businesses urged to enter flagship awards | Wilson Organisation


June 3, 2014

Midlands family businesses urged to enter flagship awards

Midlands family businesses urged to enter flagship awards

Family run and owned businesses are being urged to enter the Midlands’ flagship Awards for the sector.

The Midlands Family Business Awards are an independent, not-for-profit initiative organised by Wilsons.

Smith Cooper is headline sponsor of the Awards for the fourth consecutive year in 2014, and as the firm’s Partner in Nottingham, Chris Taylor, explains, entering them brings a host of benefits:

“I would urge all Midlands-based family run or owned businesses, their leaders and advisers, to enter the 2014 Awards and shine a light on their work, business and successes. They are the Midlands only Awards dedicated to recognising family-owned businesses and by entering – which is free of charge – family businesses not only have the chance to win a prestigious award, but they will also join a friendly community of like minded family business owners.”

The headline Midlands Family Business of the Year category is for established family businesses across all industry sectors that can demonstrate sustained success across a broad range of measures.

Chris was one of the judges on the independent panel for the headline category in 2013, alongside TV presenter Alex Polizzi, and Mark Samworth of Samworth Brothers; Mansfield-based manufacturer Belton Massey was awarded the title of Midlands Family Business of the Year.

“As headline sponsor, one of our favourite duties is to participate in the judging of the Award,” says Chris. “Each year we meet some truly incredible businesses and last year was no exception. What stood out with Belton Massey was the enthusiasm and passion with which they run their business. The company is a truly deserving winner.”

Belton Massey is Europe’s largest independent manufacturer of high quality, non-original catalytic converters. Established in 1966, it operates from two manufacturing bases in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire and supplies distributors and garages in more than thirty countries worldwide.

After collecting the Award at the prestigious Dinner in November, the company’s Chairman, John Massey, said: “For other people who have been very successful, to recognise the success of the business, is confidence-building.”

Family businesses can enter the Awards free of charge and submissions can be made via the website: http://www.familybusinessawards.co.uk/categories/fastest-growing-family-business-2014

2014 is the fifth year for the not-for-profit, independent Awards.

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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