September 1, 2014
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.