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


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.

We are marking our centenary in 2014 with a ‘100 Things for Charity’ year-long initiative, by supporting 100 community, charity and school projects.

Last month, our CEO Annabel Prow (pictured) took on the world-renowned Tour du Mont Blanc challenge, representing the firm’s 58th ‘thing’ for charity this year.

In just seven days, Annabel completed the solo mountain trek in aid of Riding for the Disabled, tackling the 100-miles of trails across France, Italy and Switzerland, around Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in the Alps, including 10km of ascent/descent, equivalent to the height of Mount Everest – smashing the usual 12 day target.

Closer to home, a team of Wilsons’ staff spent evenings and weekends painting the entire outside of Emmanuel House Homeless Centre in Nottingham city centre. The project and Wilsons team have been recognised in the coveted Aviva Community Project Awards 2014, being shortlisted in the Community Support category. All prize fund winners will be announced at a finale dinner for the finalists in London in November.

Amongst other challenges completed so far this year are a shoe collection and various cake sales and coffee mornings in aid of Cancer Research, Age UK, Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust and Macmillan Cancer Support, the donation of garden and outdoor games to a local inner city school, and running a quiz for the breast cancer support group, Southwell Pink Ladies.

The not-for-profit Midlands Family Business Awards, created and organised by Wilsons, is this year also committing all funds raised to the centenary’s ‘100 things’ initiative.

“Our ‘100 Things for Charity’ is supporting 100 community, charity and school projects in and around Nottingham throughout 2014,” explained Annabel Prow.  “It is our way of marking the firm’s milestone of 100-years and also gives us a great opportunity to work with the people and community in and around Nottingham. So many of the team at Wilsons have challenged themselves to help or raise funds for a charity close to their hearts, and all whilst having a bit of fun.”

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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