Family Business Awards FAQs

Find answers to the questions we are regularly asked about the Awards. Over the last eight years we've been asked many questions, from 'what constitutes the Midlands'through to 'how do you define a family business'. If the answer to your question isn't covered, please just get in touch.

How do you define a family business?

We define a family business as being influenced by a family or by a family relationship and that perceives itself to be a family business. For example, the family as a body may effectively control business operations because it owns more than 50% of the voting shares or because family members fill a significant number of the top management positions. Since 2010 we've had finalists running family businesses that are in their 14th generation, through to husband and wife teams with newly established family businesses - and everything in between. If you are not sure if your family business will qualify please get in touch.

What constitutes the Midlands?

For the purposes of the Midlands Family Business Awards, we define the Midlands as including Leicestershire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Rutland, Lincolnshire, Birmingham, West Midlands, Warwickshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Northamptonshire. We also accept entries from the informal region known as the South Midlands which includes areas of Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire. We review our counties list each year.

How much does it cost to enter?

Entries into the Family Business Awards are completely free and you can enter up to three categories for which you are eligible. All finalists receive a free entry into the online Awards Directory and two discounted tickets to the Awards Ceremony in November.

Will you protect the details I provide on my registration?

The Midlands Family Business Awards team is committed to protecting your privacy. We understand that the information you provide to us is your information, and we intend to keep it that way. We don't share data, sell data or mail you on behalf of others and we comply with the Data Protection Act 1998. We will use the details you provide to keep you up-to-date with Awards information, news and family business events, and will always provide you with a way to unsubscribe. If you have any queries in relation to your data please contact Ped Briggs on 0115 942 0111.

When do entries open?

Entries open on Wednesday 7 June and close on Wednesday 26 July. We will announce the six finalists in each category at the end of August.

What's the judging process?

Our Awards are completely independent and each of our 10 categories has its own judging panel and its own judging day. Each judging panel will be led by a leading family business person, supported by a sponsor representative, an industry expert or representative from a professional body such as the CBI or IoD, and a representative from the Awards team to facilitate the judging day. The family business representative leads the panel and has the casting vote. A shortlist of six businesses will be decided for each award category and will be announced in August. The six shortlisted businesses in each category will then go forward to an informal interview in September with our judging panel, who will no doubt want to find out more about the business and its road to success. The interviews will help our judges to select the winner and two highly commended businesses in each category. The winner and highly commended in each of our 10 categories are decided at the end of each judging day, the results are kept confidential and will be announced at the Ceremony & Dinner in November.

When will you announce the winners?

The winners and highly commended will be announced at the Awards Ceremony & Dinner on Thursday 9 November 2017 at an exciting new venue - the Velodrome, Derby Arena.

Who organises the awards?

The Midlands Family Business Awards were created by The Wilson Organisation, a third generation family business, providing insurance and financial solutions to businesses across the Midlands and UK. The business celebrated its centenary in 2014. Wilsons is run by Charlotte Perkins (MD) and Annabel Prow (CEO), who are the driving forces behind the Midlands Family Business Awards. Charlotte and Annabel are supported at Wilsons by their father John Prow (Chairman) and mother Olga.

The waiting is over!

The Winner and Highly Commended in each of our Award categories were announced at our glittering black-tie ceremony at The Velodrome, Derby Arena on Thursday 9 November.