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Family Business Of The Year 2020

28th August 2019 Paul Andrews

Family Business United is delighted to announce that the 2020 Family Business of the Year Awards is now open for nominations.

Now in their eighth year, The Family Business of the Year Awards highlight the vital contribution family firms make to the UK economy and celebrate the best family firms across the nation.  Nominations are now open for family firms to enter to be in the running to take home a prestigious title at the May Fair Hotel in June 2020.

Paul Andrews, Founder of the awards added, “These awards are a true celebration of the family business sector and over the years have crowned some great family firms, some young and some old, from tradition to more technological sectors and from all corners of the UK.  Age is not a pre-requisite either as these awards celebrate the values that underpin the business, the way they operate and the contribution made to the broader community.

“Each year we continue to be amazed  at the diversity of the sector and we are looking forward to the entries for 2020.  The awards evening is a real celebration of the sector, focusing the spotlight on the family businesses and it was great to hear a comment from one of the 2019 sponsors who said that it was ‘The best awards evening they had ever attended!'”

Awards are presented across eight regions of the UK, as well as crowning national champions across a range of sectors from manufacturing and food & drink to health & welfare and homes & gardens.  There are also national awards for small family business of the year, lifetime achievement, innovation and entrepreneurship, a people’s choice that is always hotly contested and overall title of Supreme Champions.

2019 saw St Austell Brewery crowned as the Supreme Champions with other awards going to firms including St Bridget Nurseries, James Donaldson & Sons. Thomas Graham, Kirbys Coaches and Ward.  

As James Staughton, CEO of St Austell Brewery adds, “Being crowned Supreme Champions for 2019 was fantastic and I was incredibly honoured to accept the award on behalf of everybody at St Austell Brewery.  We are a proud, independent, family-run business that’s been around for over 165 years but without the support of everyone involved in our constantly expanding and complex operations, we wouldn’t be the success that we are today.”

“Our heritage is extremely important to us and the Hicks family crest, originating in the 17th century, still forms a central part of our corporate branding.  Tribute, our flagship ale, was named in tribute to the family and those who built the business. To win this great accolade against such worthy competition makes us very proud and we are glad to be contributors to the strong and vibrant family business community across the UK.”

As in 2019, the Family Business of the Year Awards are delighted to continue to collaborate with the team from the Family Business Network who run the North West Family Business of the Year Awards, and the Wilson Organisation who are behind the Midlands Family Business Awards, with the winners in each of these awards automatically qualifying as finalists in the national awards organised by Family Business United.

As Sue Howorth from the Family Business Network explains, “It is a real added value benefit of entering the regional awards to gain access to the national finals and in the past we have seen a number of our regional winners go on to take a national title in London.  The gala evening at the May Fair Hotel is an important date in the family business calendar and we are delighted to be supporting the national awards again this year.”

As Paul concludes, “The awards are now open and the entry form is simple and easy to complete, the first stage in the process to take home an award and we look forward to receiving lots of entries before ultimately crowning the winners of the 2020 Family Business of the Year Awards.”

Nominations are open until the end of November with finalists being announced in January 2020.

Find out more and enter, or nominate a worthy family business here



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