Wilsons wins Aviva Community Support Award and £10K for Emmanuel House | Wilson Organisation


December 2, 2014

Wilsons wins Aviva Community Support Award and £10K for Emmanuel House

Wilsons wins Aviva Community Support Award and £10K for Emmanuel House

Wilsons has won the Community Support Award of the national Aviva Broker Community Fund and secured £10,000 of funding for Emmanuel House Support Centre.

Wilsons is celebrating its centenary this year, and as part of activities to mark  100 years in business has committed to do 100 things for charity.

During the summer a team of Wilsons staff dedicated their spare time to paint the entire exterior of Emmanuel House in Nottingham city centre – one of the initiatives to support the charity that secured the firm a finalist position in the 2014 Aviva Broker Community Fund.

Wilsons’ work with the charity and their ongoing project to help with the refurbishment of Emmanuel House was seen by the judges as a worthy beneficiary of the £10,000 and was voted the overall winner in the Community Support category, one of just four in the 2014 Awards.

Ped Briggs, Business Development Manager at Wilsons who spearheaded the charity initiative and collected the Award at a ceremony in London, along with representatives from Emmanuel House, said:

“The Aviva Awards received more than 200 entries this year, and to be selected as one of the 24 finalists was a huge achievement, but to go on to win one of the four categories, and the £10,000 fund for Emmanuel House, is simply incredible.

“Emmanuel House is the only full-time day centre in Nottingham and plays a vital role in the city’s aims to tackle homelessness and deliver services to its most marginalised individuals. The charity’s base is in need of refurbishment and renovation to support their service provision and create a more welcoming and homely environment for the centre’s users. We have a team of volunteers at Wilsons who are ready and willing to help, and now, thanks to Aviva, we have £10,000 of funding to make this happen.”

Alastair Paylor, Emmanuel House’s Centre Manager, added: “I know I speak for all staff at the Centre when I say we owe the Wilsons team a huge debt of gratitude – for their incredible support and this most needed funding. We have to prioritise the funding we receive to support delivering our core services to the many homeless and social excluded individuals who use our centre every day, so receiving this additional funding specifically for improving the centre and making it more homely and suitable for the services we deliver in, is a tremendous boost and will have a positive impact on the community we serve.”

Alastair Paylor and Victoria Green, Trustee of Emmanuel House, joined Wilsons’ Ped Briggs at the Aviva Awards ceremony at London’s Honourable Artillery Club on Tuesday 4th November, where the winners were announced and they collected their trophy and prize. The event was hosted by Will Greenwood, Rugby World Cup Winner and Community Fund Ambassador.

Ped added: “It’s wonderful that Aviva has created an initiative that supports brokers in their charity work, providing valuable funds for local charities that make such a positive impact in the communities where we live and work.”

For more information about the Awards, visit: www.broker.aviva.co.uk/community-fund.

Photo shows (Left to right): Phil Hayes (Aviva), Ped Briggs (Wilsons), Maurice Tulloch (CEO, Aviva), Victoria Green (Trustee, Emmanuel House), Alastair Paylor (Centre manager, Emmanuel House), Will Greenwood (Rugby World Cup Winner & Community Fund Ambassador).


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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