Midlands Family Business Awards finalists revealed | Wilson Organisation


September 8, 2016

Midlands Family Business Awards finalists revealed

Midlands Family Business Awards finalists revealed

The Midlands only awards initiative to celebrate and recognise the region’s family run and owned enterprises, has revealed the fifty-one businesses that are finalists this year.

Thirty-one family businesses from the East Midlands and twenty from the West Midlands have between them taken the coveted finalists places across the ten categories in this the seventh annual Midlands Family Business Awards.

Amongst them are businesses from the healthcare, construction, manufacturing, retail, logistics, hospitality, pharmaceutical, recruitment and agricultural sectors, businesses today headed by the fourth generation of their founding families, and family firms that began as far back as 1925 and as recently as 2012.

The finalists come from the length and breadth of the Midlands, from Lincolnshire, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Northamptonshire, to Staffordshire, Worcestershire, Birmingham, Solihull and Tewkesbury.

The winners will be unveiled at the prestigious Awards Dinner at Birmingham’s Great Hall on Thursday 17th November 2016.

All finalists will now face the Awards’ individual, independent category judging panels that include a senior family business figure and a leading industry expert.

Heading the judging panel of the Awards’ headline Family Business of the Year award, sponsored by family business and 2015 finalists Bonnington Plastics, is Mark Samworth, who is the fourth generation of the Samworth family to work in the family’s food business, Samworth Brothers.

The full line-up of finalists in the ten categories for 2016 is:

Family Business of the Year – sponsored by Bonnington Plastics

  •         Cotteswold Dairy (Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire)
  •         Flair Rugs (Hadfield, Derbyshire)
  •         Infomedia Services Limited (Northampton)
  •         John Pye Auctions (Nottingham)
  •         Owen Taylor & Sons Limited (Alfreton, Derbyshire)
  •         PAL Group (Wednesbury)

Best Small Family Business – sponsored by Bedrock Tax

  •        Bambino Mio Limited (Northampton)
  •        Butterflies Healthcare (Banbury)
  •        Chapmans Electrical (Cradley Heath)
  •        Core Clinics (Warwick)
  •        Distinction (Nottingham)
  •        Trent Oil Lubricants Limited (Nottingham)

Best Use of Digital – sponsored by Midland Conference Services

  •         Boughton Loam & Turf Management Limited (Kettering)
  •        The Workplace Depot (Nottingham)
  •        Dalycom (Mount Sorrell, Leicestershire)
  •        Ideal Manufacturing (Northamptonshire)
  •        Lane Roofing Contractors (Birmingham)
  •        MiaFleur (Leicester)

Corporate Social Responsibility – sponsored by Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust

  •        Avalon Cabins Ltd (Nottingham)
  •        Chapmans Electrical (Cradley Heath)
  •        G. Seller & Co. Ltd (Hinckley, Leicestershire)
  •        Oakland International (Redditch)
  •        Systematic Print Management (Caistor, Lincolnshire)
  •        The Elite Fish & Chip Company (Lincoln)

Director of the Year – sponsored by Flame UK

  •        Mark Esho, East Internet Services (Leicester)
  •        Elliot Sheasby, Eventmasters Limited (Birmingham)
  •        Jason Chauhan, JC Metalworks Ltd (Loughborough)
  •       Paul Williams, KFE Ltd (Peterborough)
  •       Emma Brealey, Petwood Hotel (Woodall Spa)
  •       Rebecca Muldoon, Midland Conference Services

Employer of the Year – sponsored by Royal London

  •        Hallmark Consumer Services (Melton Mowbray)
  •        Hogarths Hotels (Solihull)
  •        ISO Quality Services Ltd (Worcester)
  •        National Locums (Milton Keynes)
  •        Obam Stairlifts (Lincoln)
  •        OrderWise (Lincoln)

Entrepreneur of the Year – sponsored by Barclays

  •        Cupitt Jeweller (Bromsgrove)
  •        Mansfield Manor Hotel (Nottinghamshire)
  •        Morningside Pharmaceuticals Ltd (Loughborough)
  •        Ramsden International (Grimsby)
  •        The Wool Packaging Company Ltd (Stone, Staffordshire)

Fastest Growing Family Business – sponsored by PwC

  •         Country Court Care (Peterborough)
  •         Distinction (Nottingham)
  •         John Pye Auctions (Nottingham)
  •         Midland Conference Services (Nottingham)
  •         National Locums (Milton Keynes)
  •         OrderWise (Lincoln)

Manufacturing Excellence – sponsored by The Wilson Organisation

  •         GemPort Jewellery.co.uk (Birmingham)
  •         Glazedale Ltd (Nottingham)
  •         Moss Valley Fine Meats (Derbyshire)
  •         Owen Taylor & Sons Ltd (Derby)
  •         The Mereway Group of Companies (Birmingham)

Service Excellence – sponsored by Stencil

  •         Ballards Removals Ltd (Newark)
  •         Best Western Ullesthorpe Court Hotel & Golf Club (Leicestershire)
  •         Broad Street DIY Ltd (Bromsgrove)
  •         Corporate Solutions (Logistics) Limited (Solihull)
  •         Fairlawns Hotel & Spa (Aldridge, West Midlands)
  •         Oakland International (Redditch).

All fifty-one finalists are now automatically entered in to the People’s Choice Award – brand new for 2106 and sponsored by Streets Accountants – which will see them face the public vote to find the overall Winner and Highly Commended businesses.

Now in their seventh year, the not-for-profit Midlands Family Business Awards are backed and run by The Wilson Organisation. The firm’s MD Charlotte Perkins, the third generation of the family to lead the business alongside her sister Annabel Prow, explains: “The Awards are the regions only independent initiative to recognise the work and achievements of family businesses.

“This year’s entries demonstrate the exceptional pedigree of the Midlands’ family businesses, and the finalists together prove the family business sector’s vital contribution to the region’s economy. We wish all fifty-one finalists the very best in the final round.”

For the full list of finalists and more information about the Awards and the categories, visit: www.familybusinessawards.co.uk.


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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