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March 7, 2017

Midlands’ top family firms on the look-out for businesses’ support

Midlands’ top family firms on the look-out for businesses’ support

The chance to connect with thousands of thriving businesses is up for grabs as plans for the UK’s only not-for-profit Awards for Midlands’ family businesses 2017 get underway.

The independent Midlands Family Business Awards is a charitable initiative created to celebrate and recognise the success of the region’s family run and owned businesses, and their organisers have issued a call for businesses to lend their support and get involved in 2017, the eighth year of the Awards.

The Wilson Organisation created and organises the Awards, and its team says that by getting involved at this early stage, businesses can play a big part in shaping the 2017 Awards and align themselves with one of this year’s ten categories that best fits their business model and objectives:

“The Awards are firmly established as a highlight in the Midlands calendar,” says Charlotte Perkins, Wilsons’ MD.

“By taking part and supporting the Awards as a sponsor, businesses can put their brand in front of an audience of family business leaders and decision makers, as well as take advantage of a variety of opportunities throughout the year.

“The Awards calendar includes events when sponsors can meet Awards’ entrants, fellow sponsors and supporters, past winners and representatives of our independent judging panel from some of the region’s top family and private businesses. It includes the launch events across the Midlands in May, the category judging days in September, and the exclusive Awards Dinner in November. At all of these, our Award sponsors take a central role, and get to meet some amazing people too.”

She adds: “Aligning their business with the Midlands’ family business sector illustrates support and understanding of one of the UK’s strongest sectors. The region is home to more than half-a-million family run and owned firms, and nationally family businesses account for two in every three UK private enterprises and employ over 9 million people.”

The final list of awards and categories for 2017 is still under development, but so far includes the coveted headline Midlands Family Business of the Year award, Fastest Growing Family Business, and Best Use of Digital and Entrepreneur of the Year.

As a charitable initiative, the Awards are indebted to its sponsors and supporters, says Charlotte: “All our supporters are firmly committed to the family business sector, and also bring expertise and understanding to help family businesses and their leaders achieve their objectives.

“We are very lucky to have had support from a number of businesses and organisations for many years, including PwC in the Midlands.”

Chris Romans, partner at PwC, explains: “We were so impressed after attending the very first Awards dinner that our Private Business team jumped at the chance of increasing our involvement by becoming a category sponsor.

“We were impressed by the number and quality of entries, the great organisation, high quality event and strong media coverage of the Awards. The judging and Awards have enabled us to meet and build relationships with a wide range of great Midlands family businesses and our dedicated team of family and private business specialists have been honoured to assist many of these with their success stories along the way.”

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 in Derby, Birmingham and Nottingham.

To find out more about how to get involved in the Midlands Family Business Awards 2017, contact Ped Briggs email: pbriggs@wilorg.com, T: 0115 942 0111.

For the full list of 2016 winners, visit: www.familybusinessawards.co.uk.

The Awards are the only independent not-for-profit Awards for family businesses in the Midlands.

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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