Midlands Family Business Awards entry deadline extended | Wilson Organisation


July 18, 2016

Midlands Family Business Awards entry deadline extended

Midlands Family Business Awards entry deadline extended

Organisers of the Midlands Family Business Awards are extending the deadline for entries to this year’s awards.

 Family businesses and their leaders now have an extra week, so entries can be made up until midnight on Monday 25th July 2016, free and via the dedicated online entry platform, accessed from the Awards’ website www.familybusinessawards

 Details about all of this year’s ten categories and guidance on what the judges are looking for are available on the Awards website.

 Now in their seventh year, the not-for-profit Midlands Family Business Awards are organised by third generation family business The Wilson Organisation. Its MD Charlotte Perkins (pictured) explains:

 “We are really excited by the number and quality of entries already made to this year’s Awards. This is a busy time for all Midlands businesses, so we hope the extra seven days will help family firms and their leaders get involved in this year’s Awards, and finalise the categories they want to enter to recognise their achievements this year.”

Alongside established awards are some new categories for 2016, including the ‘Best use of Digital’ and ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’.

“Entries can be made in up to three award categories,” Charlotte explains, “whether one of the categories new for 2016, or established awards such as Manufacturing Excellence and Director of the Year awards, or even the headline Family Business of the Year award. We know it’s a pretty tough decision for family firms to identify the categories they would like to enter, so hope the extra time will make that process a little bit easier. Once they decide, our new online entry platform makes the process even quicker than in previous years.”

Also new for 2106 is the People’s Choice Award, sponsored by Streets Accountants, which will involve all shortlisted finalists in the Awards’ ten judged categories automatically entering into the People’s Choice Award and facing the public vote to find the overall Winner and Highly Commended businesses.

Judging of the shortlisted finalists in each of the ten categories will take place throughout September, and all winners will be unveiled at the prestigious Awards Dinner which this year is at Birmingham’s Great Hall on Thursday 17th November 2016.

Supporters of the 2016 Awards’ include longstanding sponsors PwC, Barclays, Bedrock Tax, RSA and Royal London, alongside new face Bonnington Plastics, a family business and previous Award winner, which is this year’s Awards’ headline sponsor.

The full line-up of categories for 2016 is:

Family Business of the Year – sponsored by Bonnington Plastics

Best Small Family Business – sponsored by Bedrock Tax

Director of the Year – sponsored by RSA

Employer of the Year – sponsored by Royal London

Fastest Growing Family Business – sponsored by PwC

Manufacturing Excellence

Service Excellence.

Including three all-new categories added for 2016:

Entrepreneur of the Year – sponsored by Barclays

Best Use of Digital

Corporate Social Responsibility.

For updates, follow @FamilyBizAwards on Twitter and for help choosing a category and how to enter, contact: Wilsons’ Ped Briggs: pbriggs@wilorg.com or on 0115 942 7506.

Since their launch in 2010, the Awards have raised over £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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