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Family Business of the Year Awards

Celebrating the very best of British family firms.


The National Family Business Of The Year Awards are a celebration of the family business sector across the whole of the UK. Recognising the achievements of great family firms, large and small, old and new, from all sectors of the economy. Organised by Family Business United, THE family business champions, these awards were introduced in 2012 and have become a key fixture in the family business calendar with some amazing family businesses over the years taking home one of the prestigious awards.


The awards are presented with regional, sector and national titles are up for grabs, as well as regional People’s Choice awards and special recognition for family firms doing great things in terms of sustainability, innovation, entrepreneurship and community involvement.  Winners over the years have come from all corners of the UK, young family firms and long-standing, multi-generational family businesses, small and large, and collectively represent great role models for the sector.


We pride ourselves on the process involved which from nomination through to the gala awards evening engages with a fantastic panel of experts to deliberate and determine the winners.  Our judges represent a real family business panel of experts, representing the worlds of business with a number of previous winners represented together with some of the UK’s leading academics and family business consultants.


Each year the awards culminate in an evening where there is plenty of time to enjoy the awards evening with fellow finalists, networking over good food and wine in a relaxed environment in before the focus turns to the auditorium and presentation of the awards to the winners.  After the presentations we get to celebrate with the winners too.


As Paul Andrews, Founder and CEO of Family Business United explains, “This is always a fantastic evening where the family business community comes together to celebrate the very best of British family firms.  Family firms are the engine room of the national economy and these awards celebrate all of their achievements.  All of our winners are fantastic examples of great British family firms and it is a real honour to host these awards and celebrate with them.”


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