Midlands Family Business Awards 2014 shortlist unveiled | Wilson Organisation


September 1, 2014

Midlands Family Business Awards 2014 shortlist unveiled

Midlands Family Business Awards 2014 shortlist unveiled

A business founded more than 150 years ago, a nursery led by its founding family’s fourth generation, and specialists in construction and residential interior design are amongst the 45 family businesses and advisers making the shortlists of the ten categories in the 2014 Midlands Family Business Awards.

The 28 family businesses from the East Midlands and 17 from the West Midlands now prepare to be interviewed by the panel of independent judges which includes entrepreneurs, business leaders, family business owners and ambassadors such as Alex Polizzi, Mark Samworth, John Horrell and Parveen Mehta.

Also judging are several past winners in the Awards including MD of 99p Stores Hussein Lalani, John Massey of Belton Massey, together with long standing judge DhirenKatwa.

All winners will be announced at a black tie dinner in Nottingham on the 13th November.

Headline category is the Family Business of the Year Award, sponsored by Midlands’ accountants and business advisers Smith Cooper. Shortlisted this year are A1Flue Systems (Nottingham), Charles Bentley & Son (Leicester), Intercity Telecom (Birmingham), Mellors Group (Nottingham), RH Smith & Sons (Leicester), and Roadlink International (West Midlands).

Backed and run by The Wilson Organisation, the Awards are the regions only independent, not-for-profit initiative to recognise family businesses and their advisers. Wilsons MD Charlotte Perkins, the third generation of the family to lead the business alongside her sister Annabel Prow, comments: “All entries this year demonstrate the exceptional pedigree of the family businesses based in the Midlands, and the shortlist includes businesses with ten to over 500 employees, and annual turnover ranging from £1M to more than £50M.

“Sectors represented this year are more diverse than ever before, with family firms from manufacturing, IT, logistics, property, construction, waste management, leisure, education, telecoms, wholesale, retail and engineering.”

For the full shortlist and profiles of the judges for 2014, visit: www.familybusinessawards.co.uk.

2014 is the fifth year for the not-for-profit, independent Awards, and this year they are raising funds for The Outward Bound Trust, the educational charity for young people. Since their launch in 2010, the 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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