April 8, 2013
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.
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