Speedo President to judge Retail Award | Wilson Organisation


June 18, 2013

Speedo President to judge Retail Award

Speedo President to judge Retail Award

David Robinson, the President of Speedo International, is to head the independent judging panel of the Retail Excellence category in this year’s Midlands Family Business Awards.

The category, new for 2013, is one of ten in the not-for-profit Midlands Family Business Awards, an independent initiative which is unique in the region.

The Retail Excellence category has been created to recognise the innovation and successes of family businesses and leaders operating in the retail arena, and is sponsored by the retail display, shopfitting and commercial interiors specialists, Triplar, a family owned and run business.

Open to family businesses and their advisers, entries to the ten categories can be made free-of-charge until the end of June, with submission forms available online at www.familybusinessawards.co.uk.

David Robinson has been President of Speedo International, which has its headquarters in Nottingham, since 2008, following a successful career spanning thirteen years in the organisation.

He will be joined on the Retail Excellence judging panel by Tim Rodwell, MD of Triplar, who said: “As a well-established family business in the industry, we fully appreciate the dedication, hard work and passion required to be successful in retail. Triplar is excited to sponsor the Awards’ Retail Excellence category as it gives us an opportunity to meet and exchange experiences with other companies who share our family values and spirit.”

Each of the Awards’ ten categories has a panel of independent judges led by a senior family business figure. Joining David Robinson for this year are Jason Wouhra of East End Foods, John Horrell MD of Dodson & Horrell Limited, Parveen Kumar Mehta of Minor Weir & Willis Limited, Mark Samworth of Samworth Brothers, 99p Stores’ MD Hussein Lalani, and Justin Hall of H J Sock Limited.

Kate Manners, MD of David Manners, winner of the Awards’ Service Excellence category in 2012, joins the panel for the first time, together with Sarah Holmes of Merrythought Limited, manufacturer of hand-made teddy bears, David Evans of Manor Pharmacy, and Jonathan Burch, director and investor in Weldon, a hardwood flooring family business.

On the panel for the third consecutive year is Dhiren Katwa of Asian Voice magazine, and Dr Gwenllian Willliams, a specialist in development, training and organisational change in family businesses.

“Through the awards we aim to create an ethical, friendly and supportive community for our region’s family businesses,” comments MD of third generation family business The Wilson Organisation, which underwrites and organises the Awards.

“We are exceptionally grateful to all our judges, who provide so freely of their time, wisdom and insights throughout the judging process, and who make an invaluable contribution to the Awards experience for all the shortlisted businesses and individuals. We are also indebted to our sponsors, led by Smith Cooper, for their support.”

“The individual judging panel for each of the ten categories is tasked with assessing the entries for their category and creating a shortlist of five finalists,” explains Awards’ Creative Director, Hilary Campton, “who attend an informal interview during September. The panel includes a business advisory judge and a family business judge, who holds the casting vote. After the interview sessions, the judging panel will decide on a winner and two runners-up, which will all be announced at the awards ceremony in November.”


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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