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April 8, 2014

Fifth Awards set for May Day launch

Fifth Awards set for May Day launch

The full line-up of categories, judges and sponsors of the fifth annual Midlands Family Business Awards will be unveiled at launch events across the region on the 1st May.

Details of the Midlands Family Business Awards 2014 will be revealed at a lunchtime event at the Library of Birmingham and ‘teatime tapas’ at Iberico Derby. The Awards have Midlands’ accountants and business advisers Smith Cooper as headline sponsors for the fourth consecutive year.

The Wilson Organisation underwrites the not-for-profit, independent awards, and as MD Charlotte Perkins explains, the launch events are a must-attend for family businesses:

“Full details of all aspects of the 2014 Awards will be unveiled at our launch events and family businesses from across the Midlands, of any size, sector, industry or specialism are welcome to join us and find out how they can spotlight and showcase their successes and achievements. The Awards are free to enter and this year has some great new categories alongside established ones such as the headline Family Business of the Year.

“Entries open on the 1st May too, so family businesses can find out at the events which category or categories they would like to enter; the submission process is really quick, simple and totally free.”

For more information about the Awards and to book a place at one of the launch events, visit: www.familybusinessawards.co.uk or email Wilsons’ Ped Briggs: pbriggs@wilorg.com.

Since their launch, the not-for-profit Awards have raised in the region of £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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