Midlands Family Business Awards 2017 to launch in Nottingham | Wilson Organisation


May 18, 2017

Midlands Family Business Awards 2017 to launch in Nottingham

Midlands Family Business Awards 2017 to launch in Nottingham

The Midlands Family Business Awards team at The Wilson Organisation have announced plans for the launch of the 2017 Awards.

The independent Midlands Family Business Awards 2017 will launch with a tapas and drinks celebration at Nottingham’s award-winning destination, Baresca, on Wednesday 7th June, from 5.00pm to 7.30pm.

“Members of family run and owned businesses based across the Midlands are welcome to join us for the launch,” says Charlotte Perkins, MD of third generation family business The Wilson Organisation, that organises the Awards.

“Baresca is a fabulous venue which is all about the excitement of sharing great food and drink with good friends. Whilst our guests enjoy some of Baresca’s most popular tapas, our team will tell them about the ten categories in this year’s Awards, our line-up of fantastic sponsors and supporters, how and when to enter and all the key dates for the 2017 Awards.

“The Cellar Bar has been reserved for the launch and there will be live music to create a great atmosphere,” she adds.

The Awards are a charitable initiative created to celebrate and recognise the success, achievements and innovations of the region’s family run and owned businesses.

Categories for 2017 so far confirmed include the coveted headline Midlands Family Business of the Year award, Fastest Growing Family Business, Best Use of Digital and Entrepreneur of the Year.

“Now in their eighth year, the Awards are firmly established as a highlight in the Midlands calendar,” adds Charlotte, “and this year they look set to be even bigger and more exciting than ever.”

To find out more and book a place at the Midlands Family Business Awards 2017 launch party, contact Ped Briggs email: pbriggs@wilorg.com, T: 0115 942 0111, or visit the Awards’ website: www.familybusinessawards.co.uk.

Current holder of the Midlands Family Business of the Year title is Nottingham auctioneer and second generation family firm John Pye Auctions that was founded in 1968 and today has over 200 employees nationwide and operates across the Midlands.

The Awards are the only independent not-for-profit Awards for family businesses in the Midlands. Their organiser The Wilson Organisation provides innovative insurance and financial solutions to businesses and individuals both regionally and nationally.

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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