The Environmental Challenge | Wilson Organisation


February 4, 2021

The Environmental Challenge

The Environmental Challenge

We have all seen the increase in single use plastics since the start of the pandemic; with our Covid Secure office we too are conscious of the negative impact these necessary steps are having on our environmental initiatives.

Rather than simply accept this, we have been working on new measures to lessen our environmental impact to strike a better balance. Here are a few of the things we’re doing at Wilsons – they may be small changes but everything we do counts towards our overall goal.


We have implemented PaperCut technology on our printers and issued all team members with a personal print fob. This not only increased security as no documents are left sitting on a printer, but one of the primary aims of PaperCut is to reduce printing levels by changing a user’s printing behaviour.

Rather than having all jobs print out when the user hits the ‘print’ button, they select which of their jobs are to be printed when they swipe their fob at the printer. Anything not printed in 48 hours is deleted from the print server. We have implemented monitoring, quotas and virtual charging too, as these are a good way of drawing a user’s attention to their habits. Highlighting the environmental aspects of their activities is another good way to modify a user’s behaviour.

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With such frequent hand washing, we are using far more bottles of hand wash than usual. This is a good thing in terms of stopping the spread of the virus, but not great for single use plastic consumption. Charlotte has kindly trialled the ‘fill’ hand soap at home and it’s proven to be such a success, we’ll be moving to this in the office now too.

It’s an environmentally friendly solution, vegan and produced by a local family business – it ticks so many boxes for us!

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Hand Towels

We were really disappointed that having moved away from the use of paper towel dispensers to air hand dryers, we’ve now had to revert back to paper towels. Whilst most of the team are working from home, those in the office felt more comfortable using disposable paper towels as some reports indicated that air dryers could potentially disperse airborne droplets. We struck a happy balance by switching to a more environmentally friendly paper towel and, as only one person uses our washroom at any one time to ensure social distancing, the option of the air dryer is still available.

Hand Sanitiser Refills

Each team member is provided with hand sanitisers for their desk, as well as having these available next to each printer and dotted around Wilson House. These are all refilled using our bulk bottles, rather than each small bottle being disposed of when it’s empty.


We have removed the individual waste paper bins from each desk and now have central waste bins in each department – one for recyclables and one for general waste. The team now recycle the vast majority of waste and our cleaner is delighted with the change too, as he has far less bins to empty!

We will continue to monitor environmental impact and welcome every suggestion to keep things moving in the right direction.

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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