Shakespeares backs growing family businesses | Wilson Organisation


April 24, 2014

Shakespeares backs growing family businesses

Shakespeares backs growing family businesses

Shakespeares, the second largest law firm in the Midlands, is backing the regions only not-for-profit independent Awards for family businesses and their owners.

The firm is sponsor of the Fastest Growing Family Business category in the Midlands Family Business Awards that is organised by third generation family business The Wilson Organisation.

“In the last five years, Shakespeares has successfully grown to become one of the Midlands leading and largest law firms,” comments Charlotte Perkins, MD of The Wilson Organisation.

“The firm’s first hand experience of undertaking a successful fast growth, expansion strategy, combined with its Midlands wide presence, will bring a fresh, new and highly relevant dimension to the Fastest Growing Family Business category and the Awards as a whole.”

She adds: “As a charitable initiative, we are indebted to the generosity of our sponsors and supporters, and we are delighted that Shakespeares is involved in the Awards this year.”

David Stevenson, partner and head of the commercial services division at Shakespeares, said: “Family businesses are one of the most powerful segments of the Midlands economy.  Our business has been built on the foundation of long-term expertise in advising family and owner-managed entrepreneurial businesses from our offices throughout the Midlands.”

Duncan James, partner and head of the corporate team at Shakespeares, added: “We are delighted to be associated with the Family Business Awards and as a rapidly growing business ourselves, to be sponsoring the Fastest Growing Family Business Award.  Helping fast growing businesses achieve their ambitions is at the heart of the advice we deliver.  When they succeed, we succeed.”

2014 is the fifth year for the not-for-profit, independent Awards. Family businesses can enter free of charge and submissions can be made from the 1st May when the Awards have their official launches at a lunchtime event at the Library of Birmingham and a ‘teatime tapas’ event at Iberico Derby.

To book a place at the events, visit: or contact Wilsons’ Ped Briggs:

Since their launch, the not-for-profit Awards have raised in the region of £20,000 for charities supporting young people and enterprise. For the fourth consecutive year, they have Midlands’ accountants and business advisors Smith Cooper as headline sponsor.

The reigning Midlands Family Business of the Year is manufacturer Belton Massey, Europe’s largest independent manufacturer of high quality, non-original catalytic converters.

The Wilson Organisation, based in Nottingham, provides innovative insurance and financial solutions to businesses and individuals both regionally and nationally. For more information, visit:, or Tel: 0115 942 0111.

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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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