Insider confirms media partnership of Awards | Wilson Organisation


April 8, 2013

Insider confirms media partnership of Awards

Insider confirms media partnership of Awards

Demonstrating its support of the region’s family business sector and its contribution to the Midlands’ economy, Insider has confirmed its continued media partnership of The Midlands Family Business Awards for 2013.

Created and underwritten by The Wilson Organisation, the Awards are the UK’s only independent not-for-profit initiative to recognise and reward family owned and run businesses and their leaders based in the Midlands, and Insider has been media partner of the Awards since their launch in 2010.

The official launch of the 2013 Midlands Family Business Awards is on the 25th April, with a breakfast reception at Opus in Birmingham, and an after-work drinks reception in Nottingham at The Waterstones Gallery.

The Awards full line-up of sponsors, supporters and this year’s ten categories will be unveiled at the launches, but already headline sponsor of the title Family Business of the Year has been confirmed as business advisory firm Smith Cooper, which has sponsored the Awards since 2011. The firm has offices across the Midlands, including Nottingham, Derby and Leicester in the East Midlands.

Chris Taylor, Partner at Smith Cooper, Nottingham, said: “We’re thrilled to be headline sponsor of the Awards for the third year in a row. As a firm we believe that building great relationships is central to success and the bond we’ve created with the Awards means that it’s a highly anticipated event in all of our diaries! The entries we had last year were of such a high calibre and the Awards are growing year- on-year, so it’ll be great to see which businesses are entering this time round.”

The Awards have raised over £15,000 for charities supporting young people and families since their launch and this year are raising funds for The Outward Bound Trust, an educational charity dedicated to unlocking the potential in young people through learning and adventure in the wild.

Awards Creative Director Hilary Campton of V Formation, said: “We are very grateful to Insider for its continued support of the Awards through its media partnership. This is invaluable, as it enables us to connect with the region’s business, professional, manufacturing and advisory communities, and in particular the thousands of family businesses across the Midlands.

“Like the Awards’ team, Insider recognises the truly amazing roll-call of family firms based in the Midlands. Nationally, family businesses generate over £1 trillion each year in UK revenues and provide more than nine million jobs in the UK.

“In 2013 the Awards will continue to spotlight and recognise this amazing contribution, innovation and commitment of the Midlands’ family businesses and their owners, as well as see some exciting new categories and the return of some of our great independent judges and sponsors.”

Insider editor Kurt Jacobs, who is one of the independent judges on the Awards’ ‘Manufacturing Excellence’ category, added: “Insider remains committed to turning a spotlight on the great businesses in the region, across all sectors and services. The Midlands Family Business Awards is an invaluable showcase for the regions family firms and we are delighted to continue working with the Awards team again this year.”

Entry to the Midlands Family Business Awards is free of charge and nominations for the 2013 Awards will open on the 1st May. Judging of the shortlisted businesses by a panel of independent judges takes place during September. Winners will be announced at a prestigious dinner in Birmingham on the 14th November.

To register attendance at the launch events, contact Ped Briggs on 0115 942 0111, email: For more information about the Awards, visit:

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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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