The 45 family businesses through to the final stage of the Midlands Family Business Awards 2017 have been announced
The East Midlands dominates the headline Midlands Family Business of the Year with four Lincolnshire, one Leicestershire and one Derby business named as the 2017 finalists.
Amongst the East Midlands roll call of finalists in the remaining nine categories are Derby’s NK Motors, shortlisted in three Awards, and Lincolnshire’s Orderwise, a finalist in two categories this year.
Also, through to the final stage are Leicestershire’s Dalycom and S & J European Haulage, Nottingham’s A1 Flue Systems, Ballards Removals and Wilkins Group, Derbyshire family businesses Ward Recycling, Morley Hayes and Magenta, whilst the current holder of the Best Small Family Business Award, Bambino Mio, is shortlisted in the International Trade Award.
Amongst the West Midlands family firms making the final cut are Worcester’s Airband, and Stafford-based River Canal Rescue, both shortlisted finalists in three categories.
Warwickshire HR, coaching and recruitment business Absolute Works is a finalist in the Employer of the Year category, and two family firms based on the Solihull Parkway business park, Corporate Solutions and Open Study College.
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.
The winners and final results remain a tightly kept secret until the Awards ceremony and black-tie dinner on Thursday 9th November 2017 at Derby Velodrome, which will be attended by more than 300 guests including representatives from each of this year’s forty-five finalists.
Now in their eighth year, the not-for-profit Midlands Family Business Awards are backed and run by Nottingham insurance brokers and financial advisers 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 to recognise the work and achievements of family businesses. 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.”