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February 14, 2019
Driving After Brexit – The Return of the Green Card
As with all things Brexit, there is uncertainty about the future of the motor insurance arrangements for cross border travel. If the Brexit deadline of 29 March is reached with no deal in place, you’ll have to have a ‘Green Card’ if you want to use your vehicle in the EEA including Andorra, Serbia and Switzerland, or cross the Irish border by road.
February 8, 2019
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.
July 11, 2018
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 […]
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 […]
May 10, 2018
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 […]
April 10, 2018
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 […]
April 5, 2018
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 […]
January 3, 2018
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?
November 10, 2017
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. […]
October 12, 2017
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 […]
September 6, 2017
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 […]
July 27, 2017
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 […]
July 19, 2017
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 […]
May 18, 2017
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 […]
May 15, 2017
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.
March 7, 2017
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.
February 22, 2017
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.
January 11, 2017
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.
January 10, 2017
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.
December 20, 2016
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?
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.
December 5, 2016
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.
November 21, 2016
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.
September 29, 2016
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.
September 8, 2016
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.
August 17, 2016
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.
July 26, 2016
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.
July 18, 2016
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 […]
July 12, 2016
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.
July 8, 2016
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 […]
June 23, 2016
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.
May 23, 2016
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.
May 6, 2016
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 […]
April 1, 2016
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.
March 17, 2016
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.
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.
January 15, 2016
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?
November 23, 2015
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.
November 13, 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 […]
October 19, 2015
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 […]
September 9, 2015
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 […]
September 1, 2015
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 […]
July 20, 2015
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 […]
July 6, 2015
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.
June 29, 2015
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!
June 5, 2015
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 […]
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 […]
March 12, 2015
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.
February 20, 2015
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.
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.
December 2, 2014
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
November 14, 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
October 10, 2014
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.
September 22, 2014
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.
September 1, 2014
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 […]
July 9, 2014
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.
June 27, 2014
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
June 20, 2014
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 […]
June 11, 2014
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.
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.
May 20, 2014
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.
May 1, 2014
Entries for Family Business Awards open in style
The Midlands Family Business Awards 2014 opened in style today the 1st May, with events in both the East and West Midlands. The region’s only independent not-for-profit Awards for family businesses, their leaders and advisers launched at a lunchtime event at the Library of Birmingham and ‘teatime tapas’ at Iberico Derby, officially marking the opening […]
April 24, 2014
Shakespeares backs growing family businesses
Shakespeares, the second largest law firm in the Midlands, is backing the regions only not-for-profit independent Awards for family businesses and their owners. The firm is sponsor of the Fastest Growing Family Business category in the Midlands Family Business Awards that is organised by third generation family business The Wilson Organisation. “In the last five […]
April 17, 2014
Raise your profile through Awards sponsorship
Sponsorship of the 2014 not-for-profit, independent Midlands Family Business Awards is gathering pace, and organisations keen to take advantage of the profile and networking opportunities of being involved are being urged to act quickly and contact the organisers.
April 9, 2014
Award-winning BM Catalysts to speak at unique event for family businesses
The Chairman of the Midlands Family Business of the Year BM Catalysts is guest speaker at a free speed dating style event for family businesses and advisers in Nottingham next month.
April 8, 2014
Fifth Awards set for May Day launch
The full line-up of categories, judges and sponsors of the fifth annual Midlands Family Business Awards will be unveiled at launch events across the region on the 1st May.
March 31, 2014
2014 Launch – Midlands Family Business Awards
The 2014 Midlands Family Business Awards will launch on 1st May, the day that entries open, with events in Birmingham and Derby.
March 2, 2014
Smith Cooper pledge support for 2014 Awards
Midlands accountants and business advisers Smith Cooper LLP have pledged their support for the fourth year running, sponsoring the headline Midlands Family Business of the Year award.
January 10, 2014
Wilsons launches ‘100 Things for Charity’ to mark centenary year
The Wilson Organisation has unveiled plans to mark its centenary in 2014, with the launch of a ‘100 Things for Charity’ year-long initiative. Directors and staff will support 100 community, charity and school projects in and around Nottingham throughout 2014.
January 2, 2014
Pension auto enrolment – top tips
A panel of pension, legal and payroll specialists updated businesses from around the Midlands on the need to prepare for pension auto-enrolment. The event, held at Nottingham’s BioCity on 26 November, was chaired by Gary Cormack and the panel consisted of Ian Baguley of Wilsons, Ginny Hallam of Halborns, Chloe Hughes and Doug Perry of Clayton & Brewill
November 16, 2013
2013 Awards – Shortlist announced
Forty-two Midlands’ family businesses, their leaders and advisers have made the shortlist in this year’s Family Business Awards.
Belton Massey Midlands Family Business 2013
Mansfield-based manufacturer Belton Massey has been crowned the Midlands Family Business of the Year in the region’s only independent Awards initiative for family businesses.
October 8, 2013
Free, expert help on pension auto-enrolment for family businesses
Awards founders and pension specialists Wilsons, have teamed up with Clayton & Brewill and Halborns to run a free breakfast event on 26 November to help family businesses find out all they need to know to get ready for pension auto-enrolment.
September 4, 2013
2013 Awards – Shortlist announced
Forty-two Midlands’ family businesses, their leaders and advisers have made the shortlist in this year’s Family Business Awards.
July 19, 2013
Alex Polizzi to head Awards judging panel
TV presenter and passionate supporter of family businesses Alex Polizzi is to lead the search to find the Midlands Family Business of 2013.
June 27, 2013
Family Business Awards: Deadline extended
The deadline for entries for the ten categories in the 2013 Midlands Family Business Awards has been extended until midnight on Tuesday 16th July 2013.
June 18, 2013
Speedo President to judge Retail Award
David Robinson, the President of Speedo International, is to head the independent judging panel of the Retail Excellence category in this year’s Midlands Family Business Awards.
June 15, 2013
Rory Underwood at Leicester Tigers
Former England rugby international Rory Underwood is heading to Leicester Tigers this week, for a fundraising event in aid of the educational charity for young people, The Outward Bound Trust.
June 4, 2013
Awards set to showcase family businesses
Family businesses large, small and from any sector or industry are being encouraged to shout about their work and achievements and enter the Midlands only independent Awards initiative for family businesses, their leaders and advisers.
May 1, 2013
Search is on for best family businesses 2013
The search to find 2013’s best family businesses, their leaders and advisers, has begun, as nominations open for this year’s Midlands Family Business Awards.
April 29, 2013
Family business champions back 2013 Awards
Past winners and finalists in the Midlands’ only independent, not-for-profit awards initiative to recognise and celebrate family businesses, joined sponsors and supporters at launch parties for the 2013 Midlands Family Business Awards across the Midlands.
April 8, 2013
Insider confirms media partnership of Awards
Demonstrating its support of the region’s family business sector and its contribution to the Midlands’ economy, Insider has confirmed its continued media partnership of The Midlands Family Business Awards for 2013.
March 21, 2013
Launch of the 2013 Midlands Family Business Awards
Join us for the launch of the 2013 Midlands Family Business Awards, the UK’s only independent, not-for-profit Awards for family businesses
February 22, 2013
Insurance specialist back at Wilsons
Experienced commercial and corporate insurance specialist Mark Wilson is back at The Wilson Organisation in Nottingham just a few weeks after leaving the firm to join a national competitor.
February 1, 2013
New hires and promotions herald expansion
The general insurance team of insurance broker and financial advisory firm The Wilson Organisation has made two senior hires and promoted three experienced professionals in the first stage of its expansion plans for 2013.
January 30, 2013
Event to explore family business’ next steps
Leading advisers to Midlands’ family businesses are joining forces at a unique, interactive and free training event on 26 February to explore and define the steps family business leaders can take to achieve overall business and personal objectives.
January 29, 2013
Awards raise £4,000 for The Prince’s Trust
The not-for-profit Midlands Family Business Awards that are unique in the Midlands have raised £4,000 for The Prince’s Trust.
December 11, 2012
Auto-enrolment: what does it mean for you?
Unless you’ve been hiding in a news-free zone for the past few weeks you will know Monday 1st October marked the start of ‘auto-enrolment’ for company pension schemes. But what does this mean for you as an employer, and you as an employee?