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Leekes Wins Welsh FBOTY 2017

12th June 2017 Paul Andrews

Leekes have been crowned Welsh Family Business of the Year 2017 at prestigious national awards ceremony.

Family Business United is delighted to announce that Leekes, the family run retailer that has provided everything for the home under one roof for over 120 years is the winner of the Welsh Family Business of the Year Award for 2017.

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 2017 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.”

“Leekes are proud to be Welsh, proud to be family-owned and although a lot has changed since they started their business back in 1897 their core values remain the same and they are worthy winners of the title.”

“The judges were impressed with the long term view that the business has taken since its inception, their response to changing market conditions, strong family values and continued investment in the business too.  From humble beginnings this business has grown into a family firm supporting families with strong governance and solid financials, a family business that brings ideas to life in doing what they do.”

“They represent a great Welsh family firm that truly deserves all the plaudits that winning this award brings."

Emma Leeke, Managing Director of Leekes Retail  added, "I am delighted to receive this award on behalf of Leekes.  We’re very proud of our family owned and run company and it’s an enormous honour to have been recognised with this achievement as we celebrate our 120th anniversary.”

“We will continue to work hard to ensure that the business is in great shape to take on the challenges of the next 134 years!”

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 fifth 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.



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