The culmination of the Family Business of the Year Awards 2023 saw Spenbeck take home the national title as the Professional Services Family Business of the Year at a gala awards evening held at The Royal College of Physicians in Regent’s Park in London.
Organised by Family Business United, these prestigious awards are now a firm fixture in the family business calendar and celebrate the very best of British family firms from all corners of the UK. Awards are given by region, sector and nationally in recognition of qualities such as entrepreneurship, innovation and sustainability, community engagement and ultimately one family business is crowned the Supreme Champions.
As Paul Andrews, Founder and CEO of Family Business United explains, “As an organisation we champion and celebrate family-owned businesses across the UK, recognising the contribution they make in terms of employment, income generation and wealth creation as well as the impact they have on the communities in which they operate.”
“Since 2012 these awards have grown to become something really special, recognising family firms from all sectors, young and multi-generational family firms alike, large and small but all sharing the same underlying values, pride and passion for what they do and a strong desire to do business the right way. Each of the winners is a great business with a strong narrative and is a great ambassador for the broader family business community too.”
Spenbeck is underpinned by family values, values that were defined by their founder Mich Stevenson OBE DL and immortalised by his daughters and current owners Becky Valentine and Victoria Green, who sit at the heart of how they work with their clients.
They fuel the close partnerships they have with them and allow them to foster ongoing relationships built upon trust. With a heritage firmly rooted in Nottingham’s historic Lace Market, they’ve earned an enviable reputation as a multi-award-winning first mover specialising in bespoke, sustainable and beautifully designed offices in Nottingham’s Creative Quarter. Now they’re using their expertise to support clients with their sustainability, building health and interior design needs.
Spenbeck is a business that is always looking ahead – keeping up to date with best practice to ensure that clients are fully informed about how best to meet the needs of the Gen Z workforce. This includes maximising work environments for hybrid working to attract the very best talent and offering bespoke advisory services around interior design, building health and sustainability.
As Paul continues, “Spenbeck may be a smaller business compared to some of the other contenders but they make a big impact through their work and family is at the heart of what they do. Their family name is part of the brand and being a family business underlines everything they do, adding true authenticity to the business and their reputation.”
“Place is important too and akin to the family values, the business has been built on a desire to preserve their local heritage for future generations and to use the business to benefit the broader local community."
"Drive and passion have made things happen and they are worthy winners of the 2023 Professional Services Family Business of the Year title.”
Becky and Victoria comment, “Like almost everyone, lockdown afforded us time to reflect on how we wanted to move forward, both personally and professionally. A complex decision at the best of times, made harder for those in family businesses who have legacies and tradition to throw into the mix."
"It means everything to us that we have our parents’ full support in evolving Spenbeck, combining our passions and expertise with their legacy. To receive national recognition for this is the icing on the cake!”
As Paul adds, “Family businesses are the engine room of the UK economy and these awards celebrate their contribution. It was great to bring the family business community back together in person to recognise the incredible family firms that operate throughout the UK and to crown some fantastic winners.”
“Congratulations to Spenbeck on winning this award. It is fantastic recognition of what they do as a business and it was a pleasure to present them with the award during a tremendous evening that once more put the family business sector on the map.”