Search is on for best family businesses 2013 | Wilson Organisation


May 1, 2013

Search is on for best family businesses 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.

Entries can be made free of charge from today, 1st May, until the end of June 2013, by visiting the Awards’ website

The Midlands Family Business Awards are the region’s only independent, not-for-profit initiative, and are underwritten and organised by insurance and financial advisory firm The Wilson Organisation, itself a third generation family business. The Awards’ chosen charity for 2013 is The Outward Bound Trust.

Supporters for 2013 include headline sponsor Smith Cooper, the accounting and business advisory firm.

The Awards ten categories for 2013 include the headline Midlands Family Business of the Year Award and the new Retail Excellence category, sponsored by Triplar.

Other categories are Best Small Family Business (turnover less than £5m for 2011/12), Fastest Growing Family Business, Service Excellence, Business Innovation, Commitment to the Community, Leading Adviser to Family Businesses, Manufacturing Excellence, and Outstanding Contribution.

As well as Smith Cooper and Triplar, Awards’ category sponsors for 2013 are Barclays, Crouch Logistics, PwC, Royal Sun Alliance, Thomas Miller Investment, and Unum.

Each of the ten judging panels is led by a key figure from the family business community, who recognise and understand the unique issues of running a family business. The Awards independent panel of judges will review all entries to create a shortlist of five businesses across each of the ten categories who each then make it through to the final stage when they will meet the judges in September.

All 2013 winners will be announced at a prestigious Awards Dinner in Birmingham on Thursday 14th November.

For more information about the Awards, the ten categories, judges and supporters, visit:

Since their launch in 2010, the Awards have raised more than £15,000 for Midlands-based charities supporting young enterprise and young people.

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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