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Bagnalls Triumphant At #FBOTY2016

3rd June 2016 Paul Andrews

Bagnalls ‘painting the town’ after national triumph as Supreme Champions at the Family Business of the Year Awards 2016.

Family Business United is delighted to announce that Bagnalls, the nationwide painting and decorating business from Shipley in Yorkshire have taken the top prize at the prestigious Family Business of the Year Awards 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.”

“Bagnalls  are a fantastic family firm dating back to 1875 that ticked all the right boxes for the judges.   Their core values permeate the entire operation and they have continually invested in all aspects of the business to create the family firm that it is today , a market leader in their field, respectful of their heritage and building solid foundations for the future.”

“ They represent a truly great British family firm and truly deserve all the plaudits that winning this award brings.  Not only did they win the overall title, but were crowned Yorkshire Family Business of the Year 2016 too."

Penny Lovell, Head of Private Clients at Close Brothers Asset Management, one of the judges and the sponsor of the award added, "It is a privilege to support these awards and to find out more about the fantastic family firms that are the backbone of the UK economy.  Selecting an overall winner is never an easy task and this year was no exception, but with Bagnalls there is a clear essence of being a family business at their core which really makes them stand out.”

“Their values are embraced by every employee, they are mindful of the past but prepared for the future, actively seek and encourage family involvement in the business, demonstrate strong leadership and are proud of their roots but looking to the future as custodians of the business for future generations.”

“This is a remarkable family firm and a deserved winner of the title, and clearly a great ambassador for the family business sector in the UK too.”

Stephen Bagnall, Managing Director of Bagnalls added “It is an honour to be the head of a family firm that employs so many great people across all roles, divisions and areas of the UK.  These awards are a fitting accolade which recognise the dedication, commitment and loyalty of our people.  We are all very proud of our heritage and delighted to have been voted the Supreme Champions in the 2016 Family Business of the Year Awards.”

Previous winners of the award include Potter Logistics, WTA Group and JW Lees Brewery so Bagnalls are following in the footsteps of some incredible family firms.

The Family Business of the Year Awards are organised by FBU, the award-winning magazine and resource centre that 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.

Full List of Winners – Family Business of the Year 2016

Supreme Champions – Bagnalls

Overall People’s Choice – Brend Hotels

Winners - Sectors

Runners Up

Food & Drink – Ridgeview Winery Estate

Tim’s Dairy, Macsween

Hotel & Leisure – English Lakes Hotels

Duvalay, Brend Hotel Group

Manufacturing – Playdale Playgrounds

Penny Hydraulics, John White & Sons

Health & Welfare – Anderson Maguire

G. Seller & Co, Dean Brothers Funerals

Retail – Dege & Skinner

Fred Aldous, Cooper & Barr

Transport & Logistics – Foster & Sons Removals

RH Amar, Neill & Brown Global Logistics

Property & Construction – Mactaggart & Mickel Group

George Bence & Sons, CG Comley & Sons

Agriculture Forestry & Food – Donaldson Group

Muntons, The Copas Partnership

Luxury Goods – Marton Mills

Hypnos, Abraham Moon & Sons

Homes & Gardens – Perrywood Garden Centre

Mrs Stone Store, Green-Tech


Winners – Regions

Runners Up

People’s Choice*

Wales – SA Brain & Co

Seventh Heaven Antiques

Seventh Heaven Antiques

North & NI – Bradleys Bakery

Foster & Sons

Heart of the Lakes

Yorkshire – Bagnalls

Marton Mills

Study Links

Midlands – Penny Hydraulics

Charles Bentley & Sons

G. Seller & Co

East & East Anglia – Adcock

Perrywood Garden Centre

Perrywood Garden Centre

South & SW – Hypnos

Brend Hotel Group

Brend Hotel Group

Thames Valley – RH Amar

The Copas Partnership

The Copas Partnership

London & SE – Ridgeview

Tim’s Dairy

Plan Insurance

Scotland – Macsween

Mactaggart & Mickel

Zonal Retail Data Systems

 *The People’s Choice Awards were voted for by the public online to determine the regional and overall winners whereas the other winners were determined by the judging panel.


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