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September 6, 2021

In cyberspace, no-one can hear you scream…

In cyberspace, no-one can hear you scream…

We may have stolen a sci-fi strapline, but what will cyber-criminals steal from you? Many people hide behind the fact that they’re not one of the big boys, so they’re not really targeted by hackers, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.

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September 3, 2021

Home working fire risks

Home working fire risks

Pizza ovens, fire pits and BBQs were incredibly popular purchases or projects during lockdown, as was the rise in working from home in a ‘shoffice’ – which resulted in an increased chance of fire.

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August 26, 2021

Holiday booked – what about your travel insurance?

Holiday booked – what about your travel insurance?

With so many people finally able to take a long-awaited holiday, we’ve received many enquiries about Travel Insurance in relation to Covid-19, but don’t forget to check the other areas of the policy too.

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July 28, 2021

The Green Card Free Circulation Area

The Green Card Free Circulation Area

On the 30 June 2021 the European Commission announced that the UK would be able to participate in the Green Card Free Circulation Area (GCFA), which comprises all 30 European Economic Area (EEA) countries as well as Andorra, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Serbia and Switzerland.

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June 23, 2021

Business Masters Awards – Nominations now open!

Business Masters Awards – Nominations now open!

This week The Business Desk launched their East and West Midlands Business Masters Awards. Entries are now open – and as usual there’s a Family Business category! Last year this was sponsored by Wilsons and won by Ward.

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June 17, 2021

We’re launching a new online family business community!

We’re launching a new online family business community!

A new not-for-profit online initiative which connects family businesses across the UK is launching today, providing businesses in the sector with interactive support and expert advice – and a fantastic community to be part of.

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May 20, 2021

We’re proud to support POhWER!

We’re proud to support POhWER!

Mental Health Awareness Week may be over, but it’s essential that the focus on mental health continues – problems don’t just go away when the ads stop and the email footers change.

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May 14, 2021

What’s the true value of your home and contents?

What’s the true value of your home and contents?

It’s vital that you protect what matters most to you, but when did you last review your contents, or check if the items are covered are insured for their true current value on your policy?

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May 4, 2021

New RICS Insurance Rules

New RICS Insurance Rules

Professional Indemnity cover continues to be a challenging area for many businesses, but with new rules from the RICS in respect of Professional Indemnity Insurance for surveyors, it’s even more of a headache.

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April 22, 2021

30 Days Wild!

30 Days Wild!

We’ve signed up to 30 Days Wild this year with The Wildlife Trust!

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April 12, 2021

Pandemic boom in cyber-crime

Pandemic boom in cyber-crime

We have seen an increase of over 30% in cyber-attacks during the height of the pandemic and UK businesses have lost over £6.2 million to cyber scams. Disturbingly, we haven’t seen an increase in Cyber Insurance.

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March 5, 2021

BI Claims

BI Claims

Guidance for our clients on Business Interruption Claims

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February 4, 2021

The Environmental Challenge

The Environmental Challenge

We have all seen the increase in single use plastics since the start of the pandemic; with our Covid Secure office we too are conscious of the negative impact these necessary steps are having on our environmental initiatives. Rather than simply accept this, we have been working on new measures to lessen our environmental impact […]

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January 20, 2021

Flooding – be prepared!

Flooding – be prepared!

Flooding is impossible to prevent and difficult to predict, but to try and help we’ve created a flood guide to help prepare for a flood and reduce the risk of excessive damage.

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January 6, 2021

Covid19 – Lockdown 3.0 Unoccupied Properties

Covid19 – Lockdown 3.0 Unoccupied Properties

Having entered a third national lockdown period on 6 January 2021, not all insurers have yet announced their position on businesses forced to close under the government regulations. Check our bulletin to see how this may impact you.

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January 5, 2021

Winter Business Update

Winter Business Update

Whether you remain open during the latest lockdown or you are required to close, there are some common issues that the winter weather can bring. Be prepared!

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December 22, 2020

Season’s Greetings!

Season’s Greetings!

Our offices will close for Christmas at 5.15pm on Wednesday 23 December, opening again at 9am on Tuesday 29 December. We will then be closed for the new year at 12:30pm on Thursday 31 December and returning to business as usual at 9am on Monday 4 January 2021.

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December 3, 2020

The Importance of Claims Management

The Importance of Claims Management

The swift and efficient management of claims has never been more important, particularly for those that require professional indemnity (PI) insurance in such a tough market.

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December 1, 2020

Stay safe up there!

Stay safe up there!

The countdown to Christmas has begun! Sadly that also means thare’s a risk of people falling from ladders and stepladders as they hang decorations, lights and dress the Christmas tree.

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November 26, 2020

Winter Driving

Winter Driving

Did you know that motorists are up to 33% more likely to make a car insurance claim through the winter, from a small bump to a major incident?

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November 17, 2020

FinTech – Top 5 Insurance Risks

FinTech – Top 5 Insurance Risks

Having worked with start-ups and growing tech businesses, we understand they have a unique set of risks unlike those usually faced by traditional firms.

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November 10, 2020

I want to ride my bicycle…

I want to ride my bicycle…

The number of cyclists has risen significantly during the pandemic. Even the weather doesn’t seem to have dampened the spirit of cyclists during the second lockdown. But how many of us have checked our bike is detailed on our home insurance policy, or registered our new bike?

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November 6, 2020

Covid19 – Lockdown 2.0 Unoccupied Properties

Covid19 – Lockdown 2.0 Unoccupied Properties

If your business premises are unoccupied as a result of Covid19 please advise your usual Wilsons contact, so that we can check with your insurer the position on policy cover and any risk prevention measures required or recommended.

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November 4, 2020

Driving After Brexit – The Return of the Green Card

Driving After Brexit – The Return of the Green Card

As a consequence of leaving the European Union (EU), the UK entered a transition period which ends on 31 December 2020. In the event there is no agreement on the future relationship between the UK and EU, it is likely there will be a legal requirement to carry a physical document known as a Green Card when driving in Europe.

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October 13, 2020

Autumn Property Update

Autumn Property Update

Whilst we are still in the grip of the Coronavirus Pandemic, almost everything else in life is taking a back seat. However, with the Autumn and Winter months now upon us, property owners and occupiers face a number of increased risks that need to be addressed.

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September 29, 2020

Lockdown Home Insurance Claims

Lockdown Home Insurance Claims

From flying toys to anti-bac sprays, new data released today shows flat screen TVs and broken windows have seen a surge in claims during lockdown.

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September 3, 2020

Wellbeing & Home Working

Wellbeing & Home Working

When the lockdown was announced in Mid March, many businesses managed the impossible; they got a large percentage of there workforce working from home successfully in a matter of weeks.

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August 17, 2020

Covid19 – Insurance Update

Covid19 – Insurance Update

At the start of the lockdown, commercial insurers took a very flexible position on business premises being temporarily closed due to Covid19. The vast majority of insurers did not apply the restrictions in their policies for unoccupied properties. With a UK-wide lockdown no longer in place any buildings that remain closed will now be treated […]

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August 6, 2020

Cyber & Remote Working

Before the pandemic, the words ‘Zoom Bombing’ would make most of think of sunny poolside days with kids smiling with glee as they soak one another with maximum force. In 2020 this phrase refers to just one of the ways that cybercriminals are capitalising on our need to work remotely.

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June 29, 2020

The Professional Indemnity Market

The Professional Indemnity Market

Now the UK is starting to return to a ‘new’ normal, we’ll reflect on our experiences of the PI market to date and what we can expect for the rest of this year.

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June 12, 2020

Driving after lockdown

Driving after lockdown

Following the COVID-19 lockdown across the UK, road travel decreased significantly. Now the restrictions are lifting people are returning to the road, sso what do you need to do to ensure you can start driving again safely?

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June 9, 2020

Covid19 – Returning to Work

Covid19 – Returning to Work

As the government implements its plan to ease lockdown restrictions and rebuild the economy, businesses will be making their own individual plans for returning to work following the Covid19 pandemic. Employers must fulfil their legal obligations to protect the health, safety and wellbeing of both employees and the public.

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May 22, 2020

Covid19 – Insurance Update

We have established the position on business premises being temporarily closed due to Covid19 with the commercial insurers protecting our clients and are pleased to confirm that a flexible approach is being taken by those insurers.

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March 10, 2020

Coronavirus Statement

Coronavirus Statement

As the situation in the UK changes, I wanted to assure you that we have plans in place to mitigate any potential disruption to the service we provide to our clients.

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January 20, 2020

Business Masters Shortlist Announced!

Business Masters Shortlist Announced!

The judging panel have revealed the shortlist for the 2020 East Midlands Business Masters Awards

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December 13, 2019

East Midlands Business Masters Awards

East Midlands Business Masters Awards

For the second year, we will sponsor the Family Business category of the Business Masters Awards

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November 18, 2019

Winter update for home owners

Winter update for home owners

Cold weather, snow and storms during the winter months is likely to bring the usual problems for you and your home. Take a look at our practical advice in our Winter Update.

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Winter update for businesses

Winter update for businesses

Although we are only just starting to see the really cold weather and snow storms across some parts of the UK, there are some common issues that can affect many businesses at this time of year and these are covered in our Winter Update.

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November 8, 2019

2019 Winners & Highly Commended!

2019 Winners & Highly Commended!

The Wilkins Group scoops prestigious Midlands family business of the year award

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June 19, 2019

Conference Line-up Announced!

Conference Line-up Announced!

An exciting and varied line-up of guest speakers are set to take centre stage at the inaugural Lincolnshire Family Business Conference on Thursday 4th July.

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May 22, 2019

Wilsons supporting the Family Business Network conference

Wilsons supporting the Family Business Network conference

The inaugural Lincolnshire Family Business Conference is to take place on Thursday 4th July at The International Bomber Command Centre in Lincoln.

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May 6, 2019

It’s a family affair!

Entries are now open for the 2019 Midlands Family Business Awards, with three new categories added to mark the 10th anniversary.

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February 8, 2019

The 10th Anniversary of the Midlands Family Business Awards

The 10th Anniversary of the Midlands Family Business Awards

Entries for the UK’s only independent, not-for-profit annual Awards for family businesses in the Midlands, open on Friday 3 May 2019.

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July 11, 2018

Family Business Awards’ deadline extended

Family Business Awards’ deadline extended

The deadline for entries to the 2018 Midlands Family Business Awards has been extended by two weeks to midnight on Friday 27 July. Entries to the Awards – the Midlands only initiative dedicated to showcasing the work and success of the region’s family businesses – are free of charge and can be made via the […]

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June 12, 2018

Family Business Masterclass to lift the lid on what makes a winning Award entry

Businesses considering entering the Midlands’ flagship awards for family businesses are to be given exclusive access to the team behind them along with advice on what makes a winning entry, at a free event this month. Organisers of the Midlands Family Business Awards, the only initiative dedicated to celebrating and recognising the achievements and innovations […]

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May 10, 2018

Entries open for annual search for the Midlands’ top family businesses

Entries open for annual search for the Midlands’ top family businesses

Entries for the UK’s only independent, not-for-profit annual Awards showcase for family businesses in the Midlands, are now open. Organisers of the 2018 Midlands Family Business Awards hailed this year’s search officially open at their official breakfast launch this week, when past winners joined representatives from family firms from across the region, the Awards’ sponsors […]

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April 10, 2018

2018 Awards showcase for family firms set for Birmingham launch

2018 Awards showcase for family firms set for Birmingham launch

The Midlands Family Business Awards – the only showcase for the family business sector in the region – will mark their 2018 launch with a breakfast event at Birmingham’s Opus Restaurant on the 9th May. “By joining us for the launch, family firms will be amongst the first to learn all about the line-up of […]

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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 […]

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January 3, 2018

Storms – it’s all in the name…

Storms – it’s all in the name…

Last year the Met Office announced the storm names for the 2017-18 season. The start of 2018 has seen us introduced to Storm Eleanor, but who’s next – and why name them?

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November 10, 2017

Software firm OrderWise is the Midlands’ top family business

Software firm OrderWise is the Midlands’ top family business

Lincolnshire-based business management software company OrderWise has been crowned the Midlands Family Business of the Year 2017, in the region’s biggest and only awards showcase for family owned and run firms. Founded in 1991 by MD David Hallam, OrderWise is one of the UK and Ireland’s leading suppliers of dedicated stock management software for business. […]

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October 12, 2017

Vote to find Midlands’ favourite family business is open

Vote to find Midlands’ favourite family business is open

There are just two weeks left for the public to vote for their favourite of the forty-five businesses that are finalists in the 2017 Midlands Family Business Awards. The People’s Choice category is decided purely by public vote and the rare opportunity for customers, clients, employees, business contacts and followers to make their views count […]

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September 6, 2017

Family Business Awards’ finalists unveiled

Family Business Awards’ finalists unveiled

The forty-five family businesses through to the final stage of the Midlands Family Business Awards 2017 have been announced, with thirty-six from the East Midlands and nine from the West Midlands. The East Midlands dominates the headline Midlands Family Business of the Year with four Lincolnshire, one Leicestershire and one Derby business named as the […]

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July 27, 2017

Family Business Awards’ deadline extended

Family Business Awards’ deadline extended

The deadline for entries for the 2017 Midlands Family Business Awards has been extended by almost two weeks to midnight on Friday 11 August. Entries are free of charge and can be made via the Awards website www.familybusinessawards.co.uk, with ten categories to choose from, including the headline Family Business of the Year Award. “We have […]

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July 19, 2017

Deadline approaching for Family Business Awards

Deadline approaching for Family Business Awards

Family-owned business from across the Midlands have less than two weeks left to enter the region’s flagship Midlands Family Business Awards, organised by The Wilson Organisation. Entries for the UK’s only independent, not-for-profit annual Awards for family businesses in the Midlands, are free and can be made up until midnight on the 31st July via […]

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May 18, 2017

Midlands Family Business Awards 2017 to launch in Nottingham

Midlands Family Business Awards 2017 to launch in Nottingham

The Midlands Family Business Awards team at The Wilson Organisation have announced plans for the launch of the 2017 Awards. The independent Midlands Family Business Awards 2017 will launch with a tapas and drinks celebration at Nottingham’s award-winning destination, Baresca, on Wednesday 7th June, from 5.00pm to 7.30pm. “Members of family run and owned businesses […]

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May 15, 2017

Take control of your Cyber risk

Take control of your Cyber risk

With the recent cyber attack on the NHS bringing cyber security to the forefront of people’s minds, now is the perfect time to review where you stand in terms of cyber security.

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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 show your support for the family business sector is up for grabs as plans for the UK’s only not-for-profit Awards for Midlands’ family businesses 2017 get underway.

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February 22, 2017

490% rise in the value of classic cars over the last 10 years

490% rise in the value of classic cars over the last 10 years

Many of us would love to own a classic car and for many, their passion for classic vehicles has fortunately turned out to be an extremely worthwhile investment.

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December 20, 2016

Winter Driving Tips

Winter Driving Tips

Did you know that motorists are up to 33% more likely to make a car insurance claim through the winter, from a small bump to a major incident?

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Flooding – be prepared

Flooding – be prepared

Flooding is impossible to prevent and difficult to predict, but to try and help we’ve created a flood guide to help prepare for a flood and reduce the risk of excessive damage.

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December 5, 2016

The Benefits of Relevant Life Plans

The Benefits of Relevant Life Plans

Relevant Life Plans (RLP’s) are a way of providing death-in-service benefits on an individual basis no matter how small your business is.

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November 21, 2016

Nottingham’s John Pye Auctions is crowned the Midlands’ Family Business of the Year

Nottingham’s John Pye Auctions is crowned the Midlands’ Family Business of the Year

Nottingham auctioneer and second generation family firm John Pye Auctions has taken the top prize in the region’s flagship Awards for family businesses, to be crowned the Midlands Family Business of 2016.

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September 29, 2016

Bonningtons sponsors Midlands Family Business Awards

Bonningtons sponsors Midlands Family Business Awards

Nottingham family firm Bonningtons has announced it is the lead sponsor of the 2016 Midlands Family Business Awards. The businesses’ Managing Director, Ian Fisher is the Awards’ current Director of the Year title-holder.

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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.

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August 17, 2016

Wilsons take part in inaugural charity Zip Wire Challenge!

Wilsons take part in inaugural charity Zip Wire Challenge!

On 4 September 2016 Wilsons ‘ Ped Briggs will fly over Trent Bridge Cricket Ground on a zip wire to raise funds for Trent Bridge Community Trust.

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July 26, 2016

The Insurance Act 2015

The Insurance Act 2015

The Insurance Act 2015 comes into force in August 2016 and is the most significant statutory change to commercial insurance in over 100 years. Its intention is to create a fairer position for all parties involved in commercial insurance. The new Act applies to all commercial insurance that is subject to UK law and affects you and your business.

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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 […]

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July 12, 2016

Thinking about booking a holiday?

Thinking about booking a holiday?

Summer holidays are now upon us, so we are likely to be more exposed to travel booking frauds when seeking last minute holiday bookings or cheap flights.

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July 8, 2016

Family businesses urged not to miss chance to shine in flagship awards

Family businesses urged not to miss chance to shine in flagship awards

Midlands’ family businesses and their leaders have less than two weeks before entries close for the sector’s annual flagship awards, The Midlands Family Business Awards.  Entries must be made before midnight on Monday 18th July 2016, with ten categories to choose from, including the all-new ‘Best use of Digital’ and ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ awards, and […]

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June 23, 2016

Cyber Crime – Staying Safe Online

Cyber Crime – Staying Safe Online

Cyber risk isn’t just an issue for businesses. Over two-thirds of us now have a smartphone, and on average we spend two hours a day online, browsing the internet, accessing social media, banking and shopping – so staying safe online should be a priority.

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May 23, 2016

Annual search for 2016’s best family businesses gets underway

Annual search for 2016’s best family businesses gets underway

This year’s search to find the Midlands’ best family businesses and their leaders has begun, as entries for the seventh Midlands Family Business Awards opened in style this week.

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May 6, 2016

Awards showcase for Midlands family businesses to launch in Derbyshire

Awards showcase for Midlands family businesses to launch in Derbyshire

The Midlands only Awards initiative dedicated to celebrating and recognising the region’s family run and owned enterprises will launch on the 18th May 2016 at Derbyshire’s spectacular Donington Hall. Full details of the sponsors and categories for the seventh annual Midlands Family Business Awards, will be unveiled at the event, but Awards’ organisers The Wilson […]

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April 1, 2016

The Threat of Terrorism – Minimising your personal risk

The Threat of Terrorism – Minimising your personal risk

The chances of being caught up in a terrorist attack are thankfully remote – but there are many common risks that are far more likely to impact on our health, wealth and happiness and whether at home or abroad.

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March 17, 2016

RepKiller Team – The latest cyber extortion threat

RepKiller Team – The latest cyber extortion threat

The City of London Police’s National Fraud Intelligence Bureau has issued an urgent alert to make businesses aware of a cyber-threat.

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February 1, 2016

Nottingham’s Bedrock boosts its support of 2016 Midlands Awards

Planning for this year’s Midlands Family Business Awards has got off to a flying start with Bedrock, Nottingham’s specialist tax advisory firm, boosting its involvement by becoming a category sponsor for 2016.

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January 15, 2016

Goldfish bowls cause fires!

Goldfish bowls cause fires!

Homeowners are aware of winter issues that lead to home insurance claims, such as burst pipes and flooding. Did you know the sun can cause problems too?

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November 23, 2015

Chinese Steel – an insurance perspective

Chinese Steel – an insurance perspective

The Engineering Employers Federation recently issued a press statement and safety warning about the use of Chinese steel. There are two key areas as we see it at Wilsons that will affect a number of our construction and engineering clients.

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November 13, 2015

Lincolnshire egg producer crowned Midlands Family Business of 2015

Lincolnshire egg producer crowned Midlands Family Business of 2015

Lincolnshire egg producer and packer LJ Fairburn & Son has been awarded the highest accolade for family firms in the region by being crowned The Midlands Family Business of the Year. Alford-based Fairburn was announced winner of the headline Award last night (Thursday 12th November 2015) at the prestigious black tie Midlands Family Business Awards […]

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October 19, 2015

Nottingham’s Bedrock joins Awards’ sponsors

Nottingham’s Bedrock joins Awards’ sponsors

Bedrock, a specialist tax advisory firm in Nottingham, is to take a leading role in the Midlands Family Business Awards’ dinner, as it joins the roll-call of sponsors in 2015. Bedrock has confirmed it will sponsor the prestigious black tie dinner’s drinks reception which will kick-off the climax to this year’s Awards at Athena in […]

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September 9, 2015

Midlands Family Business Awards finalists announced

Midlands Family Business Awards finalists announced

  A manufacturer founded in 1875, a £50m annual turnover construction and civil engineering business, a children’s nursery with over 500 staff and led by its founding family’s third generation, a fifth generation farming family’s ice-cream business, a builders merchant, property management company, haulage firm, marketing business, and waste management company, are all amongst the […]

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September 1, 2015

Unveiled: judges for the 2015 Midlands Family Business Awards

Unveiled: judges for the 2015 Midlands Family Business Awards

The line-up of leading business men and women from across the Midlands who are tasked with finding the very best family run and owned businesses and their leaders in the region’s flagship awards have been revealed. The independent judging panel for the 2015 Midlands Family Business Awards comprises individuals from manufacturing and industry, as well […]

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July 20, 2015

Family firms given extra time to enter region’s flagship Awards

Family firms given extra time to enter region’s flagship Awards

Family run and owned businesses and their leaders have an extra two weeks to enter the region’s flagship awards for their sector. Organisers of the 2015 Midlands Family Business Awards have extended the entry deadline by two weeks, so submissions in up to three of this year’s ten categories can now be made up until […]

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July 6, 2015

Midlands Family Business Awards: Two weeks until entries close!

Midlands Family Business Awards: Two weeks until entries close!

There are just two weeks left to submit entries for the 2015 Midlands Family Business Awards, the regions only not-for-profit, independent initiative to recognise family businesses and their leaders – organised by Wilsons.

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June 29, 2015

Specialist Auto Enrolment advice – free!

Specialist Auto Enrolment advice – free!

To support local SMEs and help them plan their way through the Auto Enrolment minefield, we are offering free advice sessions with our specialist financial advisers – book your free 20 minute call now!

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June 5, 2015

2015 Midlands Family Business Awards launch

2015 Midlands Family Business Awards launch

The search to find the Midlands best family businesses and their leaders has begun as nominations for the sixth Midlands Family Business Awards opened in style this week. The regions only independent not-for-profit Awards for family businesses, The Midlands Family Business Awards, are organised by their founder and lead sponsor The Wilson Organisation, a Nottingham-based […]

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June 1, 2015

Wilsons’ General Insurance makes four senior hires

Insurance and financial solutions firm The Wilson Organisation has made four senior appointments in its General Insurance Division. Neil Tennant and John Procter both join as Account Directors, Fiona Mitchell as Major Client Broker, and Susan Blackley as Major & Commercial Insurance Manager. The Wilson Organisation is a UK top 100 financial adviser and insurance […]

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March 12, 2015

Taking Family Business Futures to New Heights!

Taking Family Business Futures to New Heights!

English mountaineer and alpinist, Kenton Cool, is the latest speaker to be confirmed for the inaugural Family Business Futures conference at The City Rooms, Leicester, on 28 April.

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February 20, 2015

Are you exposing yourself?

Are you exposing yourself?

“There are only two types of companies: those that have been hacked, and those that will be” Robert Mueller, FBI Director, 2012

Cyber threats increase as technology develops and more business is done online. As threats grow, so does your need to reduce your exposure to cyber crime.

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December 12, 2014

New MD for Wilsons’ General Insurance

Wilsons has appointed Mark Minton to the new role of Managing Director of the General Insurance division. Working alongside CEO Annabel Prow and Group MD Charlotte Perkins, Mark brings thirty years insurance and financial services senior and Board level experience to the firm.

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December 2, 2014

Wilsons wins Aviva Community Support Award and £10K for Emmanuel House

Wilsons wins Aviva Community Support Award and £10K for Emmanuel House

The Wilson Organisation has won the Community Support Award of the national Aviva Broker Community Fund and secured £10,000 of funding for Nottingham charity Emmanuel House

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November 14, 2014

Lincs costume manufacturer Smiffys crowned Midlands Family Business 2014

Lincs costume manufacturer Smiffys crowned Midlands Family Business 2014

A Lincolnshire family business founded in 1894 and the UK’s leading manufacturer of fancy dress costumes has won the 2014 Midlands Family Business Awards

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October 10, 2014

Recruitment drive at Wilsons

Recruitment drive at Wilsons

Wilsons is creating a number of new roles as part of its latest recruitment drive. Wilsons is expanding the insurance and financial services teams to support its expanding portfolio, particularly with a surge in Auto Enrolment clients.

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September 22, 2014

Painting and Mont Blanc the latest milestones in Wilsons’ 100 Things

Painting and Mont Blanc the latest milestones in Wilsons’ 100 Things

Taking on the Tour du Mont Blanc, and re-painting a Nottingham centre for the homeless, are amongst the latest challenges completed by Wilsons’ staff in their quest to do 100 things for charity this year.

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September 1, 2014

Midlands Family Business Awards 2014 shortlist unveiled

Midlands Family Business Awards 2014 shortlist unveiled

A business founded more than 150 years ago, a nursery led by its founding family’s fourth generation, and specialists in construction and residential interior design are amongst the 45 family businesses and advisers making the shortlists of the ten categories in the 2014 Midlands Family Business Awards. The 28 family businesses from the East Midlands […]

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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.

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June 27, 2014

Becketts Farm backs Awards’ new Employer category

Becketts Farm backs Awards’ new Employer category

Becketts Farm is sponsor of the Employer of the Year category, continuing its relationship with the Awards which began in 2012, when Becketts was crowned the Midlands Family Business of the Year

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June 20, 2014

More time to enter Family Business Awards

More time to enter Family Business Awards

The deadline for entries for the 2014 Midlands Family Business Awards has been extended to ensure family run and owned businesses don’t miss the chance to showcase their work and achievements in the region’s flagship, independent, not-for-profit Awards for the sector. Entries are free and can be made via the Awards’ website www.familybusinessawards.co.uk  until the […]

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June 11, 2014

Innovative family businesses given chance to shine

Innovative family businesses given chance to shine

Midlands’ family businesses with an innovative flair when it comes to developing a new product or service are being urged to showcase their achievements in the regions only independent Awards for family firms.

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June 3, 2014

Midlands family businesses urged to enter flagship awards

Belton Massey is Europe’s largest independent manufacturer of high quality, non-original catalytic converters. Established in 1966, it operates from two manufacturing bases in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire and supplies distributors and garages in more than thirty countries worldwide.

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May 20, 2014

Fastest growing family businesses

Fastest growing family businesses

Midlands-based family run or owned business that have experienced strong, sustained growth can turn the spotlight on their success in the regions only Awards dedicated to family businesses.

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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.

Registered Office:
Wilson House, 1/3 Waverley Street, Nottingham, NG7 4HG

Registered in England Number 862690 - Members of British Insurance Brokers Association

Harold Wilson (Insurances) Ltd. and Harold Wilson Financial Services Ltd. are authorised and regulated by the FCA (Financial Conduct Authority)