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Three Times A Winner - A Triumphant Night For Bagnalls!

Yorkshire based family business Bagnalls took three titles at the Family Business of the Year Awards, including the crown as Supreme Champion Family Business of the Year 2024 in a prestigious event that celebrates the significant contribution of family firms to the UK economy.

The family business community came together in London in the delightful surrounds of the beautiful medicine garden in the grounds of the Royal College of Physicians to celebrate the very best of British family firms and to crown the winners of the Family Business of the Year Awards 2024.

Bagnalls were recipients of the Yorkshire Family Business of the Year Award before taking the national Property and Construction title before winning the ultimate accolade with the Supreme Champion title at the end of the evening.

As a business, Bagnalls heritage dates back to 1875 when Alfred Bagnall, the company’s founder, was commissioned to paint a railway bridge in Charlestown, Yorkshire.  Alfred Bagnall established a business in Yorkshire, which has remained family owned and managed ever since. The company has now been passed down through five generations of the Bagnall family, with Stephen Bagnall, Alfred’s great, great grandson at the helm, all, whilst remaining a specialist in painting, decorating and industrial protective coatings.

There are numerous notable events in their history, including undertaking camouflage painting work for the War Ministry and painting hospitals in France in WW1. This work continued in WW2 with military camps and airfields also being painted as part of the war effort.

Probably the most legendary building they have ever painted was the original Wembley twin towers stadium (then called the Empire Stadium) in 1922, ready for the Empire Exhibition and the FA Cup final in 1923.

As Paul Andrews, Founder and CEO of Family Business Untied who have organised these awards since 2012 adds, "Bagnalls is a fantastic business that deserves all the accolades that come with winning this title. They are an inspirational business, founded back in 1875 and will be celebrating 150 years as a family business in 2025."

"Bagnalls is an incredible family business that have already done so much, in their sector doing what they do, for the communities in which they operate, and more broadly for the family business community as a whole."

"In the words of the judges Bagnalls are deserving winners of the Supreme Champion award as they are:

  • A family business with a rich heritage packed with incredible stories that demonstrate their success over the years

  • A family firm with strong credentials, governance and family values at their core

  • A brilliant business using their culture and scale to commit to supporting next generations

  • A business with a fantastic culture and a great example of stewardship through the generations

  • A family that cares and wants to do business the right way

  • A truly great family business that is brilliant in what it does

"They are without exception, a shining example of a great British family business with all the positive attributes in place. Proud of its heritage, committed to its values and its people with family members leading by example, not to mention the quality of their craftsmanship," continues Paul.

"With a passion for painting since 1875 and a fifth generation leader who is immensely proud to be the current custodian of this family business, committed to working hard to provide an ongoing legacy befitting of his forefathers, Bagnalls are worthy winners of this accolade," adds James Trigg of headline sponsors and presenter of the award from Brooks Macdonald.

As Stephen Bagnall, fifth generation Managing Director of Bagnalls adds:

"I am immensely proud to receive this award, which is testament to the five generations of the Bagnalls family and its employees who have contributed so much to the company's past 149 years of success."
"We continue to make great strides in becoming a company that people want to work for and customers want to do business with."
"Bagnalls celebrates 150 years as a specialist painting and decorating company in 2025 and this award will be shared by each and every one of my colleagues as a thank you for their hard work, dedication and commitment to Bagnalls."
"As we move 'together towards 150' I continue to be immensely proud to be the current custodian of this splendid family business and I will continue to work hard to provide a legacy befitting of my forefathers."

These awards were established back in 2012 to celebrate family businesses and the contribution they make. You can see the full list of winners from the 2024 Family Business of the Year Awards here)


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