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North & NI FBOTY 2017 Shortlist

11th January 2017 Paul Andrews

Family Business United is delighted to announce the family firms that are in contention for the North & Northern Ireland Family Business of the Year Award 2017.

The Family Business of the Year Awards are organised by Family Business United, 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.

The deliberations are over and the team at Family Business United are delighted to announce the family firms shortlisted for the North Family Business Of The Year 2017 Award which is being sponsored by Coulson Associates.

The shortlisted firms are:

  • Peter Hall & Son Ltd
  • Grasmere Gingerbread
  • PHX Training
  • Reays Coaches
  • Bespoke Windows
  • Wm Armstrong (Longtown) Ltd
  • Bells of Lazonby
  • Sally's Cottages
  • Home & Beauty Frodsham
  • Randox
  • The Churchmouse at Barbon
  • HMG Paints
  • The Glen House Country Accommodation & Rose Tearoom
  • Broxap
  • ESF
  • Graham & Brown
  • Hawkshead Relish
  • Land of Beds
  • Beaverbrooks
  • Julian Charles
  • Driver Hire Belfast

The results are to be determined through a combination of a judging panel and an online vote with all shortlisted firms eligible for the People’s Choice Award that is determined solely by public vote.  

Each of the shortlisted firms are in the running for the overall Family Business of the Year 2017 and finalists in the sector categories will be announced in the Spring.

As Paul Andrews, Founder and Managing Director of Family Business United, the leading online magazine and resource centre for family firms in the UK, explains, "We are delighted to be able to pull together such a vibrant bunch of family businesses, 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."

Sue Coulson, Director of Coulson Associates and sponsors of the award added "Any one of those shortlisted would make worthy winners and ambassadors for the sector. We are looking forward to finding out more about each of them and I am sure that the decisions to determine the winner will not be easy.  Previous winners of the award include NBT Group, Potter Logistics and JW Lees Brewery so they are following in the footsteps of some incredible family firms."

Vote for your favourite to win the People's Choice Award here

The awards process concludes at a Gala Reception and awards ceremony that takes place in London at the prestigious May Fair Hotel in London on June 8 where the winners will be crowned.  



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