Nottingham’s Bedrock boosts its support of 2016 Midlands Awards | Wilson Organisation


February 1, 2016

Nottingham’s Bedrock boosts its support of 2016 Midlands Awards

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 organisers announcing that Bedrock, Nottingham’s specialist tax advisory firm, has boosted its involvement by becoming a category sponsor for 2016.

Bedrock, which specialises in helping accountants’ business clients – including family firms -to navigate the complexities of tax regulations, will sponsor the Best Small Family Business category, which is open to family firms with an annual turnover of up to £5m, in the 2016 Awards.

Based on its initial and first-hand experience of the Midlands Family Business Awards in 2015, when the firm sponsored the drinks reception that kick-started celebrations at the Awards’ black tie dinner in Leicester, Bedrock wished to extend its role and support in 2016 so has ‘upgraded’ its involvement to category sponsor.

Bedrock’s managing director, Phill Dann (pictured), explains: “Our team was very impressed with the high standard of the Awards – the Awards dinner, the range and standard of entries, but also the behind-the-scenes organisation. The Awards are now very well established on the Midlands’ awards calendar, and last year attracted entries from an impressive range of family run and owned businesses. Bedrock is very taken with the Awards, so much so that the team was keen to extend its involvement and support in 2016. We are delighted to sponsor the Best Small Family Business category, and to join the ‘sponsors family’ this year.

“The Midlands Family Business Awards are a unique, independent, not-for-profit initiative in the region,” he adds, “that recognise the work and achievements of family owned businesses and their leaders. As a category sponsor of the 2016 Awards, we have the opportunity to lend our support, connect with new and established business contacts, and join Wilsons in celebrating the region’s family firms.”

Bedrock specialises in helping accountants’ business clients to navigate the complexities of tax regulations. Phill explains:” Our highly experienced team focuses on tax issues. We don’t offer accountancy audit or tax return compliance services, our speciality is tax advice, pure and simple.”

Wilsons’ MD Charlotte Perkins adds: “The 2016 Awards have been given a brilliant start with Bedrock confirming its category sponsorship so early in our planning process. We are also working with other sector-leading organisations and Awards’ supporters and sponsors, old and new, and feel that 2016 is set to be even better than in previous years. We are indebted to all our sponsors, and are thrilled at the warmth and support the Awards continue to experience from the Midlands’ business community.”

The Best Small Family Business category is one of ten planned for the 2016 Awards, which are the region’s only independent, not-for-profit initiative to recognise and celebrate the work and achievements of family firms.

The 2016 Awards will have their official launch at a number of events across the region during May. For updates, follow @FamilyBizAwards on Twitter and visit:

The Awards, founded and organised by Wilsons, have raised in the region of £20,000 for charities supporting young people and enterprise since 2010.

Launched last year, Bedrock is already established as one of the UK’s leading tax advisory companies to accountants, and works with businesses in a range of industry and market sectors. For more information about Bedrock, visit:

For more information contact Ped Briggs on 0115 942 0111 or email


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  • 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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