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January 10, 2014

Wilsons launches ‘100 Things for Charity’ to mark centenary year

Wilsons launches ‘100 Things for Charity’ to mark centenary year

The Wilson Organisation has unveiled plans to mark its centenary in 2014, with the launch of a ‘100 Things for Charity’ year-long initiative. Directors and staff will support 100 community, charity and school projects in and around Nottingham throughout 2014.

From running marathons and fun runs, to working on mini garden makeover projects, the firm is keen to support initiatives that benefit the environment, young people and children, and support health and sport.

‘The ‘100 Things for Charity’ initiative was unveiled to Wilsons staff at a Victorian-themed event, in recognition of the firm being founded in 1914, to kick-start the centenary year.

Speaking at the event, Charlotte Perkins said: “The ‘100 Things for Charity’ initiative will run throughout 2014, our centenary year, with one charitable or community event or activity for each of the firm’s 100 years of business. Wilsons not only wants to highlight the longevity, innovation and achievements of the firm over the last 100 years, but also give the whole team the chance to work with the people and community in and around Nottingham, whilst having a bit of fun too.”

Following all events and activities throughout Wilsons’ centenary year will be a unique, specially designed and commissioned centenary teddy bear. Charlotte explained: “’The ‘Wilson Bear’, made by family business Merrythought, will attend all centenary events and celebrations, travel with me and Annabel to other businesses celebrating milestones in their history, and to clients’ premises for meetings. In fact the whole team will take him to all 100 Things events and projects and his year-long adventure will be documented in a commemorative book to be published once the centenary celebrations have drawn to a close.

“Wilson Bear will also be Tweeting about his activities throughout the year on @TheWilsonOrg,” adds Charlotte.

Commenting on Wilsons’ centenary milestone, Annabel Prow adds: “The firm has never stood still, and our commitment to our clients and the belief that they are the most important part of the business, is as strong today as it was when the firm began in 1914. A great number of our clients have remained with us for decades and our reputation for service excellence and innovation in the insurance services and financial advice provided by Wilsons has endured the economic challenges and social changes over its 100-year history.”

Amongst the 12-month calendar of events are a birthday party for clients, fundraising dinners, coffee mornings, and John Prow, the second generation of the family to lead the business, and his wife Olga, will host a Summer Party at their Nottinghamshire home for all staff and their families.

The not-for-profit Midlands Family Business Awards, created and organised by Wilsons, will this year raise funds for the centenary’s ‘100 things’ initiative.

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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