New media partner for Midlands Family Business Awards | Wilson Organisation


April 5, 2018

New media partner for Midlands Family Business Awards

New media partner for Midlands Family Business Awards

The Midlands Family Business Awards, the only independent initiative to showcase, recognise and reward the work and achievements of the region’s family firms, has announced The Business Desk as its new media partner in 2018.

Now in their ninth year, the Awards are a charitable initiative created by Nottingham based, third generation family business The Wilson Organisation, to celebrate and recognise the success, achievements and innovations of the Midlands’ family run and owned businesses.

Fresh dimension

Commenting on the Awards’ media partnership with The Business Desk, Charlotte Perkins, Group MD of The Wilson Organisation, said: “The Awards’ team is looking to bring a fresh dimension and energy to the Awards this year.

“The Awards are now well established in the region and winning a Midlands Family Business Award is considered one of the most prestigious and greatest accolades by each of our titleholders and finalists over the last eight years.

“Partnering with The Business Desk delivers an exciting new platform from which we can build on this reputation, and also enables the Awards to develop the extensive community of family businesses, their ambassadors, advisers and supporters, to gain increased awareness and traction across the region by working alongside one of the region’s fastest growing business media organisations.

“The Business Desk team shares our ultimate goal – to showcase the range, diversity and talents of the Midlands family business sector, and its contribution to the region’s economy and vibrancy.” 

Sam Metcalf, editor of The Business Desk in the East Midlands, added: “Family businesses are the backbone of the Midlands and vital in the continuing economic progress of the region. With this in mind, is delighted to become media partner to the Midlands Family Business Awards – now one of the most well-established and prestigious events of its kind in the region.”

Editor of The Business Desk in the West Midlands, Alex Turner, said:” is the perfect fit for the Awards, as we regularly write about and feature growing family businesses across the region. We look forward to meeting entrants past and present at the various events, judging sessions and awards evening itself over the course of 2018.”

The Midlands Family Business Awards 2018, will launch with Breakfast in Birmingham at Opus Restaurant on the 9 May, with entries open from the launch until 18 July, which are made via the Awards’ website and are completely free of charge.

2018 sponsors

Full details of the 2018 sponsors will be unveiled at the events – so far, the line-up includes family business and current Midlands Family Business of the Year titleholder OrderWise as headline sponsor, Buckles Solicitors, Goldfish, John Pye Auctions, Morningside Pharmaceuticals, PwC and Streets Chartered Accountants.

This year’s categories will be confirmed at the launch events but will include the coveted headline Midlands Family Business of the Year, Director of the Year, Fastest Growing Family Business, Innovation Award, Best Small Family Business, Employer of the Year and the People’s Choice Award.

“Now in their ninth year, the Awards are firmly established as a highlight in the Midlands events calendar,” adds Charlotte, “and this year they look set to be even bigger and more exciting than ever. With The Business Desk as their media partner, new Award categories and fresh sponsors and judges, 2018 is already on track to be one of our best.” 

For more information about the Awards and the launch events, visit: 

To reserve a place at the 2018 launch event in Birmingham: Breakfast in Birmingham 9 May 2018. 

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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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