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


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.

Founded in 1968 and with an extensive network of salesrooms, offices and auction showrooms across the UK, John Pye Auctions was announced as the Midlands Family Business of the Year at a prestigious black tie Ceremony and Dinner at Birmingham’s Great Hall.

Now in their seventh year, The Midlands Family Business Awards are organised by Wilsons. They are the only independent, not-for-profit initiative to recognise and celebrate the achievements of family businesses in the region.

This year’s ceremony was attended by 300 guests from the Awards’ fifty-one finalists, independent judges and sponsors, including headline sponsor Bonningtons.

John Pye Auctions began life forty-years ago when John Pye began probate property clearances that no other auctioneers in Nottingham wanted. Today, the family business has over 200 employees nationwide and operates across the Midlands in Derby, Birmingham and Nottingham, as well as in London, Sheffield, Scotland and Wales.

The family business is no stranger to success in the Midlands Family Business Awards, having won the ‘Fastest Growing Family Business’ award two years ago, and has also picked-up a coveted Highly Commended award in the same category this year.

Highly Commended by the judges in the headline Midlands Family Business of the Year are Derbyshire family business Flair Rugs, and Gloucestershire-based Cotteswold Dairy.

Northampton business Bambino Mio wins the Best Small Family Business Award (annual turnover of less than £5m), sponsored by Bedrock Tax. The company was created and is run by husband and wife team Guy and Jo Schanschieff, and is the largest reusable nappy brand in the world. Nottingham business Distinction and Warwick-based Core Clinics are both Highly Commended in the category.

Other Award winners in 2016 are Redditch family owned distribution company Oakland International (Corporate Social Responsibility), Derby’s Owen Taylor & Sons (Manufacturing Excellence), and Newark-based Ballards Removals (Service Excellence).

National Locums (Milton Keynes) picked up two Awards – Employer of the Year and Fastest Growing Family Business – whilst Nottingham’s The Workplace Depot and Leicester’s MiaFleur are joint winners of the new Best Use of Digital Award.

Rebecca Muldoon of Nottingham family business Midland Conference Services was crowned the Director of the Year, and Dr Nik Kotecha of Loughborough-based Morningside Pharmaceuticals won the Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

All fifty-one finalists were automatically entered in to the People’s Choice Award – brand new for 2016 and sponsored by Streets Chartered Accountants – which saw them face the public vote. The overall Winner is Lincoln’s OrderWise; Fairlawns Hotel & Spa and Glazedale are Highly Commended.

Wilsons’ MD Charlotte Perkins, the third generation of the family to lead the business alongside her sister Annabel Prow, said: “The Awards are the regions only independent initiative to recognise the work and achievements of family businesses.

“This year’s entries demonstrate the exceptional pedigree of the Midlands’ family businesses, and all the winners and finalists together prove the family business sector’s vitality and significant contribution to the region’s economy.”

For the full list of winners, visit: Midlands Family Business Awards 2016 The Results and The Winners – Midlands Family Business Awards 2016.

Sponsors of the 2016 Awards are Bonningtons, Barclays, Bedrock Tax, Flame UK, Midland Conference Services, Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust, PwC, Royal London, and STENCIL.

Photo shows: Nottingham auctioneer and second generation family business John Pye Auctions is the Midlands Family Business of the Year 2016 (left to right): John Pye’s Giorgio Vitale, Adam Pye, Sheldon Miller and Ian Fisher (of sponsor Bonningtons).

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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