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Wilsons supporting the Family Business Network conference

Wilsons supporting the Family Business Network conference

The inaugural Lincolnshire Family Business Conference is to take place on Thursday 4th July at The International Bomber Command Centre in Lincoln.

We are delighted to be supporting this new conference for family businesses in Lincolnshire. Following in the wake of the established and highly successful Cumbria Family Business Conference also run by The Family Business Network, founder Sue Howorth is launching the conference in Lincolnshire for the first time, in partnership with Langleys Solicitors & Streets Accountants – sponsor of our People’s Choice Award.

With an inspirational line-up of speakers, interactive topical discussions and live interviews, the conference is designed to highlight the strengths of family businesses, look at challenges facing this important sector and to offer valuable family business insights through peer to peer learning. The conference is aimed at family business owners and leaders and those associated with the sector, that supports 12 million jobs in the UK.

Sue Howorth explained: “I’m incredibly excited about bringing the conference to Lincolnshire for the first time. I’ve been thrilled with the level of support and interest that we’ve received from both family businesses and supporting partners, which will in turn help us to continue to build the profile of The Family Business Network in the county and surrounding areas.

“The family business sector is such a vital part of the UK economy and whilst the economic and political climate present challenges ahead, the role of our Network and events like the Family Business Conference is to offer a unique environment for family businesses to hear other family business stories that we hope will inspire current and future generations, as well as the opportunity for peer to peer learning through our interactive discussions and interviews on the day.” 

James Pinchbeck of Streets Accountants added, “The vibrant, diverse and highly experienced line up has been chosen for the first Lincolnshire conference to help generate fresh thinking and includes Guy Schanschieff MBE, founder and Managing Director of Bambino Mio, one of the worlds most widely used reusable nappy brands, Cal Bailey of NG Bailey, the UK’s leading independent engineering and services business, Phoebe Bagnall, a next generation successor of 140 year old family business Bagnalls, and Melanie Tillet, Director of Tillets, the independent family owned ladies clothing business.

Guest speaker, Cal Bailey was the group sustainability director of engineering firm NG Bailey until choosing to take early retirement to concentrate on academic and philanthropic interests. He said, “My great desire is to see business re-infected with purpose. As a custodian of a multi-generational family business, I’m very much looking forward to being a part of The Family Business Conference and offering my perspective as part of an interactive discussion.”

Guest presenters will also join the line up of speakers on the day, including local business women Emma Brealey of the family owned Petwood Hotel – Highly Commended in our Director of the Year category in 2018, who will be putting another family business in the spotlight in a frank and honest interview.

The conference is being run in partnership with Streets Accountants and Langleys Solicitors and is supported by The Wilson Organisation (founders of the Midlands Family Business Awards) Western Pensions Solutions (part of the family owned Vestey Group), Wrapped Agency and Camilla Carlbom of Immingham based Carlbom Shipping Ltd.

 Tickets for the Lincolnshire Family Business Conference on Thursday 4th July 2019 9:30am – 4pm taking place at the International Bomber Command Centre, Canwick Avenue, Lincoln LN4, 2HQ can now be booked online 

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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