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Family Business champions back new search for top family businesses


Posted on 29 April 2013

Past winners and finalists in the Midlands’ only independent, not-for-profit awards initiative to recognise and celebrate family businesses, joined sponsors and supporters at launch parties for the 2013 Midlands Family Business Awards across the Midlands.

This year’s Awards, created and run by The Wilson Organisation, launched on the 25th April at Opus Restaurant in Birmingham, and Waterstones Gallery in Nottingham.

Members of the winning team from the 2012 Best Small Family Business, O’Keeffe Building Services, helped launch this year’s Awards, alongside representatives from regional business advisory firm Smith Cooper, sponsor of the headline category for the third year running.

Details of a new Retail Excellence category, sponsored by independent retail display, shopfitting and commercial interiors specialist, Triplar, a family-owned business established over thirty years ago, were revealed at the events.

Also unveiled were the new-look categories for Leading Adviser to Family Businesses, sponsored by Unum, and details of the new judging process for the Outstanding Contribution for individuals in a family business category, sponsored by Thomas Miller Investment.

Additional category sponsors for 2013, many of whom are returning for a second or third year are Barclays, Crouch Logistics, PwC, and Royal Sun Alliance.

Of the Awards, Russell O’Keeffe of O’Keeffe Building Services, Nottingham said: “For O’Keeffe Building Services to win the Best Small Family Business 2012 Award was truly unbelievable and we have had lots of recognition following the win and enjoy telling everyone about our fantastic achievement.”

Speaking at the launch, Chris Taylor, Partner at Smith Cooper in Nottingham, said: “We’re thrilled to be headline sponsor of the Awards for the third year in a row. As a firm we believe that building great relationships is central to success and the bond we’ve created with the Awards means that it’s a highly anticipated event in all of our diaries! The entries we had last year were of such a high calibre and the Awards are growing year- on-year, so it’ll be great to see which businesses are entering this time round.”

Charlotte Perkins, MD of The Wilson Organisation, added: “Family businesses generate over £1 trillion each year in UK revenues and provide more than nine million jobs in the UK and the Midlands is home to an impressive and surprising number of these flourishing businesses.

“We are the UK’s only independent, not-for-profit Awards for family businesses and in 2013, we will continue to highlight and recognise the amazing work and contribution of the region’s family businesses.”

Awards’ Creative Director Hilary Campton of V Formation said: “The Awards have established themselves as a trusted brand amongst sponsors, supporters, and all the family businesses and owners involved. In 2013 the Awards will continue to spotlight and recognise the amazing contribution, innovation and commitment that family businesses and their owners make to our region, as well as see some exciting new categories and the return of some of our great independent judges and sponsors.”

It is free to enter the Awards, and submissions for 2013 can be made from the 1st May – for more information on the categories, sponsors, independent judging panel and supporters, visit:

This year the Awards are raising funds for The Outward Bound Trust, an educational charity dedicated to unlocking the potential in young people through learning and adventure in the wild.

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