Family Business Awards FAQs

Find answers to the questions we are regularly asked about the Awards. Over the last nine 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 with Ped.

What are the key dates for 2019?

The Awards Launch on Thursday 2 May, this will be a lunchtime event in Nottingham. Entries will open on Friday 3 May and will close on Friday 12 July. The Finalists are announced on Monday 19 August and we will host the Finalists Celebration on Wednesday 4 September. Judging takes place between Monday 16 September and Thursday 10 October, each category has it's ow judging day when the six finalists in aech category will be interviewed by their independent judging panel. The decisions on the Winner and two Highly Commended are made at the end of each judging day and kept secret until the Awards Ceremony. The People’s Choice voting will open on Tuesday 1 October and close on Thursday 31 October. The Awards Ceremony & Dinner will take place on Thursday 7 November at the King Power Stadium in Leicester.

When do entries open?

Entries for the 2019 Awards open on Friday 4 May 2019, following the Nottingham launch event on Thursday 2 May. We will be celebrating our 10th Anniversary, so we'd love as many of our family business friends, judges and supporters to join us at the event. join the mailing list to keep updated on all our Awards news and key dates - od to receive your invitation to the launch!

How much does it cost to enter?

Entries into the Family Business Awards are completely free - no registration fees, no admin fees, no entry fees. Each family business can enter up to two categories for which they are eligible. Our finalists all have the opportunity to purchase tickets to the Awards Ceremony in November, to include a drinks reception, three course menu and table wine. Tickets have never been placed on general sale.

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.

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, in 2019 these will take place between Monday 16 September and Thursday 10 October. 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, 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 their informal interview in September/October 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 and the winner and highly commended in each of our 10 categories are decided at the end of each judging day. The People's Choice category is decided purely by public vote and all our finalists are entered, voting is open during October. The results of all 11 categories are kept confidential and will be announced at the Ceremony & Dinner in November.

When will you announce the winners?

The winners and highly commended in each of our 10 judges categories, and the People's Choice Award decided purely by public vote, will be announced at the Awards Ceremony & Dinner on Thursday 7 November 2019 at the King Power Stadium in Leicester.

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 General Data Protection Regulation. 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.

Who organises the awards?

The Midlands Family Business Awards were created by The Wilson Organisation, a third generation family business founded in 1914, providing insurance and financial solutions to businesses across the Midlands and UK. 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 2019 Awards open for entries on 3 May!

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