L J Fairburn crowned Family Business of the Year

Lincolnshire egg producer and packer LJ Fairburn & Son has been awarded the highest accolade for family firms in the region by being crowned The Midlands Family Business of the Year.

Alford-based Fairburn was announced winner of the headline Award last night (Thursday 12th November 2015) at the prestigious black tie Midlands Family Business Awards Ceremony and Dinner at Leicester’s Athena. Today led by the third generation of the Fairburn family, the business started producing eggs in 1951. It is now one of the largest independent egg producers and packers in the UK, delivering more than 13 million British lion approved eggs every week, with over 180 employees and an annual turnover in excess of £50 million.

The full line-up of Winners and Highly Commended are:

Family Business of the Year

  • Winner - LJ Fairburn & Son (Alford, Lincolnshire)
  • Highly Commended - Children 1st Day Nurseries (Nottingham)
  • Highly Commended - Glossop Cartons (Glossop, Derbyshire)

Best Small Family Business

  • Winner - Rock Fall UK (Alfreton, Derbyshire)
  • Highly Commended – Brockleby’s (Melton Mowbray)
  • Highly Commended - Churchfields Farmhouse Ice Cream (Droitwich, Worcestershire)

International Development

  • Winner - Crofts & Assinder (Birmingham)
  • Highly Commended - A.R.T Foods (Shrewsbury, Shropshire)
  • Highly Commended - R H Smith & Sons (Smiffys) (Gainsborough, Lincolnshire)

Retail Excellence

  • Winner - Rutland Cycling (Manton, Rutland)
  • Highly Commended - Broad Street DIY (Bromsgrove)
  • Highly Commended - Carvers (Wolverhampton)

Employer of the Year

  • Winner - ISO Quality Services (Worcester)
  • Highly Commended – Hogarths Hotel (Solihull)
  • Highly Commended - Inside Out Group (Nottingham)

Fastest Growing Family Business

  • Winner - Country Court Care (Werrington, Peterborough)
  • Highly Commended - Chasetown Civil Engineering (Burntwood, Staffordshire)
  • Highly Commended - LJ Fairburn & Son (Alford, Lincolnshire)

Manufacturing Excellence

  • Winner - Glossop Cartons (Glossop, Derbyshire)
  • Highly Commended - A1 Flue Systems (Nottingham)
  • Highly Commended - Penny Hydraulics (Clowne, Derbyshire)

Director of the Year (under 40)

  • Winner - Ian Fisher, Bonnington Plastics (Nottingham)
  • Highly Commended - Phillip Kalli, Ideal Manufacturing (Finedon, Northamptonshire)
  • Highly Commended - Sally Middlemiss, Rutland Cycling (Manton, Rutland)

Service Excellence

  • Winner - Chapmans Electrical (Cradley Heath)
  • Highly Commended - Midland Conference Services (Nottingham)
  • Highly Commended - Carvers (Wolverhampton)

Enter Midlands Family Business Awards

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