Nottingham’s Bedrock joins Awards’ sponsors | Wilson Organisation


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 Leicester on the 12th November.

Some 300 guests will be at the dinner, including all of the finalists in the 2015 Awards’ ten categories, and the Awards’ sponsors, supporters and independent judges.

Other sponsors of the Awards this year are Barclays, Family Business Futures, PCMS Group, PwC, RSA, Royal London, and Yu Energy.

Bedrock is already established as one of the UK’s leading tax advisory companies to accountants, and works with a national client base of businesses in a range of industry and market sectors, as its managing director, Phill Dann, explains:

“Bedrock specialises in working with business owners to help them navigate the complexities of tax regulations to ensure they can focus on the success of their business. We don’t offer accountancy audit or tax return compliance services, our speciality is tax advice pure and simple. Our team will work alongside a business’ existing accountant to ensure the best possible advice to ensure a long-term future and that aspirations are achieved.

“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. By sponsoring the Award’s drinks reception, 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.”

Charlotte Perkins, MD of The Wilson Organisation, the third generation family business that created and organises the Awards, says: “We are indebted to each and every one of the Awards’ sponsors, and are thrilled that Nottingham’s newest advisory business is also supporting them.”

This year’s finalists include 18 family businesses from the West Midlands and 26 from the East Midlands. “All entries this year demonstrate the exceptional pedigree of the Midlands’ family businesses, and the shortlist includes businesses with five to over 500 employees, and annual turnover ranging from £0.5m to more than £50m,” says Charlotte.

The independent judging panel met all finalists over the last few weeks. The 2015 judges include Stuart Garner of Norton Motorcycles, Parveen Kumar Mehta of Minor Weir & Willis, David Robinson, the President of Speedo International, Benjamin Fletcher, MD of Boots Opticians, Mark Samworth of Samworth Brothers, Rob Fitzsimons, CEO of Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust, John Horrell of Dodson & Horrell, David Evans of Manor Pharmacy, Tim Storer of Pukka Pies, Jason Wouhra of East End Foods, Rebecca Manfredi of Suncream Dairies, and Peter Westerman of Westerman International.

The Awards are now in their sixth year and the Midlands’ only independent, not-for-profit initiative to recognise the work and achievements of family businesses. For the full shortlist and profiles of the judges for 2015 and more information about the Awards, visit: or contact Wilsons’ Ped Briggs, Tel: 0115 942 0111, email:

The Awards are organised by their founder and lead sponsor The Wilson Organisation. For more information about Bedrock, visit:

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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