Vote to find Midlands’ favourite family business is open | Wilson Organisation


October 12, 2017

Vote to find Midlands’ favourite family business is open

Vote to find Midlands’ favourite family business is open

There are just two weeks left for the public to vote for their favourite of the forty-five businesses that are finalists in the 2017 Midlands Family Business Awards.

The People’s Choice category is decided purely by public vote and the rare opportunity for customers, clients, employees, business contacts and followers to make their views count by voting for their personal favourite family business.

All finalists in each of the ten award categories for 2017 are eligible for and automatically entered into the People’s Choice category.

Voting is completely free of charge and can be made online via the Awards website

Amongst the 2017 Awards finalists entered into the People’s Choice category are Micronclean, Bambino Mio, and Lincoln-based Orderwise, which won the category in 2016.

The roll call of finalists also includes Derbyshire’s NK Motors, shortlisted in three Awards, Ward Recycling, Morley Hayes and Magenta, Leicestershire’s Dalycom and S & J European Haulage, Nottingham’s A1 Flue Systems, Ballards Removals and Wilkins Group.

From the West Midlands are Worcester’s Airband and Stafford-based River Canal Rescue, both finalists in three categories, Corporate Solutions, Open Study College, and Warwickshire HR, coaching and recruitment business Absolute Works.

Once voting has closed at midnight on the 31st October, all votes will be counted to identify the overall Winner and Highly Commended in the category. All Award and category winners will be revealed at the Midlands Family Business Awards’ ceremony and black-tie dinner on Thursday 9th November 2017 at Derby Velodrome.

“All our fantastic finalists are entered into our People’s Choice category, which is sponsored by Streets Chartered Accountants,” explains Charlotte Perkins, MD of The Wilson Organisation, which organises the Awards. “This is the only category decided purely by public vote.

“Our online voting system is now open but closes on the 31st October, and in contrast to the other award categories, this People’s Choice gives the public the opportunity to vote for their favourite family business, but time is running out!”

Now in their eighth year, the Midlands Family Business Awards are backed and run by The Wilson Organisation, and are the UK’s only independent, not for profit awards for family businesses.

For more information about the Awards, and to vote in the People’s Choice category, visit:

The Awards are the only independent not-for-profit Awards for family businesses in the Midlands. This year they are sponsored by Bonningtons, Barclays, Distinction, John Pye Auctions, Midlands Conference Services, Morningside Pharmaceuticals, PwC, Royal London, Shakespeare Martineau LLP, and Streets Chartered Accountants.

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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