June 11, 2014
Innovative family businesses given chance to shine
Midlands’ family businesses with an innovative flair when it comes to developing a new product or service are being urged to showcase their achievements in the regions only independent Awards for family firms.
The Business Innovation Award is one of ten in the 2014 Midlands Family Business Awards, the regions only not-for-profit independent Awards for family businesses and their owners.
Sponsored by PwC, the award sets-out to find and recognise family businesses that have a commitment to innovation, whether in developing new products and services, enhancing service delivery, working practices or production.
Chris Romans is a partner and private business leader at PwC in the Midlands, and he was awarded leading adviser at last year’s Family Business Awards. Commenting on how the Business Innovation Award category judges will be looking for information and proof of the family business’ innovation when reviewing entries, he said:
“We are particularly interested in how innovation has helped the family business to operate or expand, whether it be via product, process, market or people based innovation and development. Evidence is invaluable, so reports on research undertaken prior to the development of these innovations should be incorporated into submissions, together with information of the business’ family values and plans for future generations.”
The current holder of the Business Innovation Award is Derbyshire-based John Bowler Group, which picked up the 2013 title (pictured) in recognition of the way it has made forward-planning a central theme of operations.
Founded in 1980, the Group is one of the UK’s largest producers of free range eggs. It also specialises in renewable energy projects for commercial customers with complete packages for profitable wind turbines and solar PV panels.
Its innovative approach in creating a bespoke client database relating to egg production by its franchise-style production system impressed the Awards’ independent panel of judges.
Speaking after collecting the Group’s Award, Lucie Bowler (pictured centre) said: “Winning the Business Innovation Award gives us extra credibility and helps to demonstrate our position as leaders in the field. The award process has highlighted our work to other family businesses in the region, which can only be a good thing. To win has given the staff – and the family – a morale boost and it’s always nice to have your work recognised by others.”
Family businesses can enter free of charge and submissions can be made via the website: http://www.familybusinessawards.co.uk/categories/business-innovation-2014