Search for the Midlands’ top family businesses gets underway | Wilson Organisation


June 8, 2017

Search for the Midlands’ top family businesses gets underway

Search for the Midlands’ top family businesses gets underway

Entries for the UK’s only independent, not-for-profit annual Awards for family businesses in the Midlands, are now open.

The 2017 Midlands Family Business Awards had their official launch last night (7th June) when past winners joined representatives of other family firms from across the region, sponsors and supporters of the Awards, and their organiser The Wilson Organisation at a party in Nottingham.

Now in their eighth year, the Awards are the Midlands’ only initiative dedicated to celebrating and recognising the success, achievements and innovations of the region’s family run and owned businesses.

Entries for the 2017 Awards are free, open to all Midlands family businesses, and can be made via the Awards website, until midnight on the 31st July.

Returning as the Awards’ headline sponsor of the flagship Midlands Family Business of the Year award for the second consecutive year, is family business Bonningtons.

The full line-up of categories and their sponsors in 2017 is:

·         Family Business of the Year – sponsored by Bonningtons

·         Best Small Family Business – sponsored by John Pye Auctions

·         Best Use of Digital – sponsored by Distinction

·         Director of the Year – sponsored by Midland Conference Services

·         Employer of the Year – sponsored by Royal London

·         Entrepreneur of the Year – sponsored by Morningside Pharmaceuticals

·         Fastest Growing Family Business – sponsored by PwC

·         International Trade – sponsored by Barclays

·         Manufacturing Excellence

·         Service Excellence.

·         People’s Choice Award – sponsored by Streets Chartered Accountants and decided by public vote.

Commenting on this year’s Awards, Charlotte Perkins, MD of third generation family business The Wilson Organisation, insurance and financial advisers, said: “Now in their eighth year, the Awards are firmly established as a highlight in the Midlands calendar, and this year look set to be even bigger and more exciting than ever.

“Year-on-year, the Awards grow in strength, popularity and awareness, and bring together a network of over 1,000 family businesses.

“We are indebted to all our sponsors and wider Awards team for their continued support.

“Entries are open until the 31st July, and the process is really easy – just head to the Awards website at, register and start your online nominations in up to three categories. The entry criteria for all ten categories can also be found on the website.”

The 2017 Midlands Family Business Awards ceremony and black-tie dinner takes place on Thursday 9th November 2017 at Derby Velodrome, where the winners and highly commend in each category will be revealed.

For further details or help with entering the Awards, contact: Ped Briggs email:, T: 0115 942 0111.

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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