Family businesses urged not to miss chance to shine in flagship awards | Wilson Organisation

Family businesses urged not to miss chance to shine in flagship awards

Family businesses urged not to miss chance to shine in flagship awards

Midlands’ family businesses and their leaders have less than two weeks before entries close for the sector’s annual flagship awards, The Midlands Family Business Awards. 

Entries must be made before midnight on Monday 18th July 2016, with ten categories to choose from, including the all-new ‘Best use of Digital’ and ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ awards, and the popular, established ‘Manufacturing Excellence’ and ‘Director of the Year’ awards.

Entries are free and can be made via the Awards’ website www.familybusinessawards – which includes profiles and information about all the categories, and tips on what the judges are looking for.

Entry is quick and simple thanks to a dedicated online entry platform developed and launched this year.

The Awards’ are organised by third generation family business The Wilson Organisation, and supporters this year include longstanding sponsors PwC, Barclays, Bedrock Tax, RSA and Royal London, alongside new face Bonnington Plastics, a family business and previous Award winner, which is this year’s Awards’ headline sponsor.

The full line-up of categories for 2016 is:

Family Business of the Year – sponsored by Bonnington Plastics

Best Small Family Business – sponsored by Bedrock Tax

Director of the Year – sponsored by RSA

Employer of the Year – sponsored by Royal London

Fastest Growing Family Business – sponsored by PwC

Manufacturing Excellence

Service Excellence.

Including three all-new categories added for 2016:

Entrepreneur of the Year – sponsored by Barclays

Best Use of Digital

Corporate Social Responsibility.


“The Midlands Family Business Awards are a truly unique, independent, not-for-profit initiative in the region that recognise and celebrate the work and achievements of family owned businesses and their leaders,” says Charlotte Perkins, MD of The Wilson Organisation and part of the Awards’ team.

“All Midlands-based family businesses and their leaders can enter completely free of charge, but the clock is ticking, and they have less than two weeks left to make their submission.”

Year-on-year, the Awards have grown in strength, popularity and awareness, as Charlotte explains: “They bring together a network of 1,000 family businesses that is also an incredible community of individuals and businesses all with one common goal – to raise awareness of the contribution the family business sector makes both in the Midlands and nationally, and to reward and acknowledge their work, successes and sustainability.

“As their organisers, we continue to strive to build on the Awards’ amazing legacy and incredible support. As a not-for-profit initiative, we are indebted to the support of our sponsors, without whom the Awards would simply not be possible.”

Also new for 2106 is the People’s Choice Award, sponsored by Streets Accountants, which will involve all shortlisted finalists in the Awards’ ten judged categories automatically entering into the People’s Choice Award and facing the public vote to find the overall Winner and Highly Commended businesses.

For updates, follow @FamilyBizAwards on Twitter and for help choosing a category and how to enter, contact: Wilsons’ Ped Briggs: or on 0115 942 7506.

Since their launch in 2010, the Awards have raised over £20,000 for charities supporting young people and enterprise.

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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