The 2016 Awards are open for entries!

This year’s search to find the Midlands’ best family businesses and their leaders has begun, as entries for the seventh Midlands Family Business Awards opened in style this week.

The Awards are the Midlands’ only initiative dedicated to celebrating and recognising the region’s family run and owned enterprises, and launched with a drinks reception at Derbyshire’s spectacular Donington Hall on Wednesday 18th May.

The full line-up of categories and their sponsors and supporters were unveiled by the Awards’ organisers’ The Wilson Organisation at the event.

Entries for the 2016 Awards are free, can be made by registering here and completing the online entry form. Entries can be made from Monday 23rd May 2016 until the 18th July.

Family business Bonnington Plastics is headline sponsor of the 2016 Awards and its flagship Midlands Family Business of the Year award.

The ten categories for 2016 are:

  • Family Business of the Year – sponsored by Bonnington Plastics
  • Best Small Family Business – sponsored by Bedrock Tax
  • Director of the Year – sponsored by RSA
  • Employer of the Year – sponsored by Royal London
  • Fastest Growing Family Business – sponsored by PwC
  • Manufacturing Excellence
  • Service Excellence

Including three all-new categories added for 2016:

  • Entrepreneur of the Year – sponsored by Barclays
  • Best Use of Digital
  • Corporate Social Responsibility - sponsored by Family Business Futures

Brand new for 2106 is the People’s Choice Award sponsored by Streets LLP. The new Award will see all finalists that are shortlisted in the Awards ten judged categories automatically entered into the People’s Choice Award, with the overall Winner and Highly Commended businesses decided purely by public vote.

Speaking at the launch event, Charlotte Perkins, MD of The Wilson Organisation, said:

“The Awards are now very well established on the Midlands’ awards calendar, and last year attracted entries from an impressive and diverse range of family run and owned businesses.

“The Midlands Family Business Awards are a truly unique, independent, not-for-profit initiative in the region that recognise and celebrate the work and achievements of family owned businesses and their leaders. Year-on-year, the Awards grow in strength, popularity and awareness – they bring together a network of 1,000 family businesses that is also an incredible community of individuals and businesses all with one common goal: to raise awareness of the contribution the family business sector makes both in the Midlands and nationally, and to reward and acknowledge their work, successes and sustainability.


Enter Midlands Family Business Awards

Time to shine a light on your family business? We think so! Entries for the Midlands Family Business Awards are now open. Hit the ‘enter awards’ button to go to the awards entry platform - entries are free and you can select from 10 different award categories. Good luck!