Family firms given extra time to enter region’s flagship Awards | Wilson Organisation


July 20, 2015

Family firms given extra time to enter region’s flagship Awards

Family firms given extra time to enter region’s flagship Awards

Family run and owned businesses and their leaders have an extra two weeks to enter the region’s flagship awards for their sector.

Organisers of the 2015 Midlands Family Business Awards have extended the entry deadline by two weeks, so submissions in up to three of this year’s ten categories can now be made up until midnight on Friday 31st July.

Entry is free, with full details on this year’s categories and how to enter available on the Awards’ website

The 2015 categories include the headline Midlands Family Business of the Year, sponsored by Awards’ organisers and third generation family business The Wilson Organisation.

Other categories are: Best Small Family Business for those with an annual turnover of less than £5m; Fastest Growing Family Business; Director of the Year (under 40); Employer of the Year; Manufacturing Excellence; International Developments; Environmental Sustainability; Retail Excellence; and Service Excellence.

Sponsors and supporters of the Awards this year include Barclays, Family Business Futures, PCMS Group, PwC, RSA, Royal London, and Yu Energy.

Charlotte Perkins (pictured), MD of The Wilson Organisation, a third generation family business which organises the Awards, explains: “Family businesses of any size, sector or specialism can enter up to three of the ten categories in the 2015 Awards, and as they are the region’s only awards initiative dedicated to highlighting the work and achievements of family businesses and their leaders, entering is a fantastic opportunity for them gain the recognition they so richly deserve.

“We hope the extra two weeks now available will help them decide to make the time to enter, which is a quick and simple process and totally free.”

All winners will be unveiled at the prestigious Awards Dinner which this year is at Leicester venue Athena on Thursday 12th November.

For more information, visit, and for help with choosing a category and entering the Awards, contact Wilsons’ Ped Briggs, Tel: 0115 942 0111, email:

The Awards are the only independent not-for-profit Awards for family businesses in the Midlands. They are organised by their founder and lead sponsor The Wilson Organisation, based in Nottingham, a third generation family business that 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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