Taking Family Business Futures to New Heights! | Wilson Organisation


March 12, 2015

Taking Family Business Futures to New Heights!

Taking Family Business Futures to New Heights!

English mountaineer and alpinist, Kenton Cool, is the latest person to be confirmed as a speaker at the inaugural Family Business Futures conference at The City Rooms, Leicester, on 28 April.

Kenton, who has successfully climbed Mount Everest 11 times, became the first person to successfully send a Tweet from the Everest summit in 2011. He is one of the world’s leading high-altitude climbers and will be discussing his life, aspirations and how the support from his family has helped him to achieve some of his goals.

Having suffered setbacks, including shattering both heel bones in 1996, Kenton has gone on to become one of the world’s most sought after guides, even guiding Sir Ranulph Fiennes up the North Face of the Eiger before leading him to a successful Everest summit in 2009. He has been nominated for the prestigious Piolet d’Or and is a regular face in the media.

Annabel Prow, CEO of Wilsons and co-founder of Family Business Futures, added “We’re delighted to have Kenton with us and speaking at our first Family Business Futures conference. He attributes much of his success to the support of his family and it’ll be fascinating to hear about his various achievements and overcoming adversity.

The Family Business Futures conference will take place at The City Rooms, Leicester on 28 April 2015. The event focuses on families in business and offers an opportunity to gain insight on growth, profitability, managing talent and brand development.

Delegate places at Family Business Futures Conference cost £95 + VAT and can be booked online at www.familybusinessfutures.co.uk



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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