Events & News News All News Entries open for annual search for the Midlands’ top family businesses Entries for the UK’s only independent, not-for-profit annual Awards showcase for family businesses in the Midlands, are now open. Organisers of the 2018 Midlands Family Business Awards hailed this year’s search officially open at their official breakfast launch last week, when past winners joined representatives from family firms from across the region, the Awards’ sponsors and supporters, and their organiser The Wilson Organisation. Now in their ninth year, the Awards are the only initiative dedicated to celebrating and recognising the success, achievements and innovations of family run and owned businesses across the Midlands. Entries for the 2018 Awards are free, open to all Midlands family businesses, and can be made via the Awards website www.familybusinessawards.co.uk, from now until midnight on the 13th July. Details of the full line-up of categories and sponsors of the 2018 Awards were revealed at the Birmingham event, which also marked the official handover of the funds raised by the Awards last year to their chosen charities - £3000 to Alzheimer’s Society, and Autism West Midlands and Autism East Midlands each received £2000. Business management software company OrderWise, the current titleholder of the flagship Midlands Family Business of the Year, was announced as this year’s headline sponsor. The individual category sponsors so far confirmed are Buckles Solicitors, Goldfish, John Pye Auctions, Morningside Pharmaceuticals, PwC, Shakespeare Martineau, and Streets Chartered Accountants. The full line-up of categories and their sponsors in 2018 is: Family Business of the Year – sponsored by OrderWise Best Small Family Business – sponsored by John Pye Auctions Director of the Year – sponsored by Goldfish Employer of the Year – sponsored by Buckles Solicitors Innovation – sponsored by Morningside Pharmaceuticals Fastest Growing Family Business – sponsored by PwC Service Excellence – sponsored by Shakespeare Martineau Manufacturing Excellence Retail Excellence Corporate Social Responsibility People’s Choice Award - sponsored by Streets Chartered Accountants and decided by public vote. Speaking at the launch, Charlotte Perkins, MD of third generation family business The Wilson Organisation, explained: “Entries are now open, and can be made free of charge, until 13th of July, and the process is really easy – just head to the Awards website www.familybusinessawards.co.uk, register, and start your online submissions in up to two categories. The entry criteria for all ten categories can also be found on the website.” She added: “The Awards are firmly established as a highlight in the Midlands calendar, and this year look set to be even bigger and more exciting than ever. “Year-on-year, the Awards grow in strength, popularity and awareness, and bring together a network of over 1,000 family businesses. “We are indebted to all our sponsors and wider Awards team for their continued support, and thrilled last year’s Awards successfully raised so much for our chosen charities.” The 2018 Midlands Family Business Awards climax with a black-tie dinner and ceremony on Thursday 22nd November 2018 at Leicester’s Athena, where the winners and highly commended in each category will be announced. For further details or help with entering the Awards, contact: Ped Briggs email: [email protected], T: 0115 942 0111. The Awards are a not-for-profit, charitable initiative created to celebrate and recognise the success, achievements and innovations of the region’s family run and owned businesses. Since their launch, they have raised £30,000 for Midlands-based charities. The Wilson Organisation provides innovative insurance and financial solutions to businesses and individuals both regionally and nationally. For more information, visit: www.wilorg.com, or Tel: 0115 942 0111.