Midlands’ Family Business Awards’ finalists announced

Midlands’ Family Business Awards’ finalists announced

Seventeen West Midlands family firms are through to the final stage of the Midlands Family Business Awards 2018, taking 21 of the sought-after finalist places in this year’s ten award categories.

The West Midlands businesses in the running for the headline Midlands Family Business Year are Bumble Hole Foods Ltd and Travelworld Motorhomes who are also both finalists in one other category each.

Family firms from across the West Midlands are finalists in the Awards’ new categories for 2018 – Corporate Social Responsibility and Innovation.

Amongst the firms that are finalists in the CSR Award are Birmingham’s David Manners Ltd and Bromsgrove’s Bumble Hole Foods Ltd, whilst Southall Associates Ltd, from Solihull, and Telford Laundry Ltd are finalists in the Innovation Award.

Also through to the final stage across the Awards’ other categories are Walsall’s H20 Hygiene and Spice Kitchen and Coventry’s Netmetix and Tommies Childcare.

Other West Midlands firms in the final include Bennett Architectural, Pertemps, Professional Polishing Services Ltd and GemPort Jewellery Ltd, a finalist and highly commended in the Manufacturing Excellence Award last year.

31 East Midlands family businesses are also finalists across a range of categories including Best Small Family Business, Fastest Growing Family Business, Employer of the Year and Service Excellence.

All finalists now meet the Awards’ individual category independent judging panels, with each one led by a leading family business person, supported by a sponsor representative, an industry expert and representative from the Midlands Family Business Awards team.

The finalists are also automatically entered into the People’s Choice Award, sponsored by Streets Chartered Accountants, which will see them face the public vote to find the overall Winner and Highly Commended businesses.

And in a new feature for 2018, all winners will also have automatic entry into the regional finals of the Family Business of the Year Awards, run by partner of the Midlands Family Business Awards, Family Business United, along with any relevant industry and market sector categories.

Now in their ninth year, the not-for-profit Midlands Family Business Awards are backed and run by The Wilson Organisation. The firm’s MD Charlotte Perkins, the third generation of the family to lead the business alongside her sister Annabel Prow, explains: “The Awards are the region’s only independent initiative dedicated to celebrating and recognising the success, achievements and innovations of family run and owned businesses.

“The winners and final results will remain a tightly kept secret until the Awards ceremony and black-tie dinner on Thursday 22nd November 2018 at Leicester’s Athena, when we will be joined by over 300 guests including all of this year’s 48 finalists.


“Each of this year’s entrants demonstrate the exceptional pedigree of the family businesses based across the Midlands, and the finalists together prove the family business sector’s vital contribution to the region’s economy. We wish all finalists the very best when they meet the judges in the final round.”

The full line-up of finalists in the ten categories for 2018 is:

Family Business of the Year

Sponsored by OrderWise

Bumble Hole Eggs Ltd (Bromsgrove, Worcestershire)

Glossop Cartons (Glossop, Derbyshire)

J-Flex (Retford, Nottinghamshire)

Travelworld Motorhomes (Telford)

Ward Recycling (Derbyshire)

WB Power Services Ltd (Derbyshire)


Best Small Family Business

Sponsored by John Pye Auctions

Bright Side Vets (Swadlincote, Derbyshire)

Dalycom (Leicester)

H20 Hygiene (Walsall)

Nick Young Tractor Parts (Market Rasen, Lincolnshire)

Obam Stairlifts (Lincoln)

Torworth Grange Farm Shop and Lakes (Retford, Nottinghamshire)


Corporate Social Responsibility

Sponsored by V Formation

Bumble Hole Eggs (Bromsgrove, Worcestershire)

David Manners (Birmingham)

Fashion UK (Leicester)

G Wathall & Son (Derby)

Owen Taylor & Sons (Derbyshire)


Director of the Year

Sponsored by Goldfish

Andrews Building Supplies – Jason Osman (Peterborough)

Ballards Removals – Matthew Ballard (Retford, Nottinghamshire)

Oldrids & Downtown – Richard Broadhead (Boston, Lincolnshire)

Petwood Hotel – Emma Brealey (Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire)

Ramsden International – Sean Ramsden (Lincolnshire)

Wensley Group – Ian Tyrell (Redditch, Worcestershire)


Employer of the Year

Sponsored by Buckles Solicitors

David Manners (Birmingham)

Fashion UK (Leicester)

Morley Hayes Leisure (Derbyshire)

Pertemps (Warwickshire)

Swiftool Precision Engineering (Nottinghamshire)

Tommies Childcare (Coventry)


Fastest Growing Family Business

Sponsored by PricewaterhouseCoopers

Bambino Mio (Northampton)
Nick Young Tractor Parts (Market Rasen, Lincolnshire)

Oakwood Training (Market Harborough)

Travelworld Motorhomes (Telford)

VisionDrive (Lincoln)

Ward Recycling (Derbyshire)



Sponsored by Morningside Pharmaceuticals

HSG UK (Derby)
Magenta UK (Ilkeston, Derby)
Southall Associates (Solihull, Birmingham)

Streets Heaver Healthcare (Lincoln)

Telford Laundry Ltd (Telford)


Service Excellence

Sponsored by Shakespeare Martineau LLP

arrangeMY (Worcester)
Bright Side Vets (Swadlincote, Derbyshire)

Fairlawns Hotel (Walsall)

Netmetix (Coventry)
Premier Care (Mansfield)

Southall Associates (Solihull, Birmingham)


Manufacturing Excellence

Sponsored by The Wilson Organisation

A1 Flue Systems (Newark, Nottinghamshire)
Bennett Architectural (Staffordshire)
Glossop Cartons (Glossop, Derbyshire)
James T Blakeman & Co (Staffordshire)
Owen Taylor & Sons (Derbyshire)

Professional Polishing Services (Smethwick, West Midlands)


Retail Excellence

Advance Performance UK (Peterborough)

Gemport Jewellery (Birmingham)

Rutland Cycling (Rutland, East Midlands)

Spice Kitchen (Walsall)

Stuart Mobility Ltd (Derbyshire)

The Internet Gardener Ltd (Nottinghamshire)


For more information about the Midlands Family Business Awards, visit: www.familybusinessawards.co.uk.

The Awards are the only independent not-for-profit Awards for family businesses in the Midlands. Their organiser 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.

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