Midlands Family Business Awards: Last call for entries | Wilson Organisation


July 9, 2014

Midlands Family Business Awards: Last call for entries

Midlands Family Business Awards: Last call for entries

There are just a few days left to submit entries for the 2014 Midlands Family Business Awards, the regions only not-for-profit, independent initiative to recognise family businesses and their advisers.

The Awards are organised by Wilsons, and entries, which are free, can be made until midnight on the 14th July, with full details of all categories and how to enter available at www.familybusinessawards.co.uk.

Family businesses of any size, sector or specialism can enter up to three of the ten categories in the 2014 Awards. Categories include the headline Midlands Family Business of the Year, and two new for this year – the Employer of the Year and Director of the Year (under 40).

Other categories for 2014 are:

Best Small Family Business

Fastest Growing Family Business

Business Innovation

Leading Adviser to Family Businesses

Manufacturing Excellence

International Development

Service Excellence

Sponsors for the 2014 Awards are Midlands’ accountants and business advisers Smith Cooper, headline sponsor for the fourth consecutive year, Barclays, Becketts Farm, Crouch Logistics, First Actuarial, PwC, Premium Credit, Shakespeares, Thomas Miller Investment, and Unum.

The panel of independent judges includes Mark Samworth of fourth generation family business Samworth Brothers, MD of 99p Stores Hussein Lalani, John Horrell, MD of Dodson & Horrell, Rebecca Manfredi, MD of Suncream Dairies and winner of the 2013 Outstanding Contribution Award, and journalist Dhiren Katwa.

Businesses shortlisted in the Awards will go through to the judging stage in September, with winners announced at the prestigious Awards Dinner in Nottingham on the 13th November 2014.

For more information, visit www.familybusinessawards.co.uk, and for help with choosing a category and entering the Awards, contact Wilsons’ Ped Briggs, Tel: 0115 942 0111, email: pbriggs@wilorg.com.

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.

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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