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Donaldson Timber Triumph At #FBOTY2016

8th June 2016 Paul Andrews

Family Business United is delighted to announce that The Donaldson Group is the winner of the Agriculture, Forestry & Farming Family Business of the Year Awards for 2016.

As Paul Andrews, Founder and Managing Director of Family Business United (‘FBU’) explains, "We were delighted to pull together such a vibrant bunch of family businesses for the 2016 awards, some that have succeeded for numerous generations and continue to thrive, and others that are relatively young but have great values at the heart of what they do.”

“The Donaldson Group is a worthy winner of this award with a long heritage to the business that is now in the hands of the fifth and sixth generations.” 

“The judges were impressed with the longevity of the family firm and the innovation and evolution of the business since it was founded.  As a leading, independent processor, manufacturer and distributor of timber and timber products, Donaldsons have strong family values at the heart of the firm and the business has good governance in place to help the current generations continue as custodians of the business for future generations.”

As Paul concludes, “This family firm truly deserves all the plaudits that winning this award brings."

Michael Donaldson who received the award added: "We were delighted to be shortlisted for one of the Family Business of the Year categories but over to moon when we won! Our's is a genuine family business and we wouldn't be where we are without the fantastic team of people who we are genuinely proud of. They make the business work and hopefully the friendly environment we try to provide encourages this, and will continue to do so for the next 150 years."

Clifford  Halvorsen  from Opus Corporate Finance who sponsored this award added: “James Donaldson and Sons Limited is a worthy winner of this award.  The company is an inspiration to all family businesses, given that, over 150 years after it was founded, it continues to go from strength to strength, while preserving all the best values of a family business.”

The Family Business of the Year Awards are organised by FBU, the award-winning magazine and resource centre the champions and celebrates the family business sector.  Now in their fourth year, these awards recognise the diversity, strength and depth of family firms across the UK and seek to highlight the contribution that family firms make to the UK economy.  

Open to family firms of all generations, sizes and sectors, these awards really do recognise some outstanding family firms and really help to put family businesses on the map. Judged by a panel of experts from the world of family business advising together with a group of family business representatives, the awards are well respected and sought after accolades.

The awards process concluded at a Gala Reception and awards ceremony that took place in London at the prestigious May Fair Hotel in London on June 2 where all the winners were crowned.



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