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.

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 totwo categories for which you are eligible. All finalists receive a free entry into the online Awards Directory. Our finalists all have the opportunity to purchase discounted tickets to the Awards Ceremony in November, to include a drinks reception, three course menu and table wine.

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.

When do entries open?

Entries opened on 9 May and the submission deadline was extended to midnight on Friday 27 July 2018. Shortlisting took place during August and we announced the six finalists in each category on 3 September. Finalists will meet with the Judging Panels during September and October, with the results kept secret until the Awards Ceremony & Dinner on 22 November 2018. Entries for the 2019 Awards will open in May 2019, join the mailing list to keep updated on all our Awards news and key dates.

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/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 22 November 2018 at Athena in Leicester. Athena is a stunning, award-winning venue in the heart of Leicester and also family owned!

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 People's Choice 2018 is open for votes!

You are now able to place your vote for your favourite family business of the 2018 Midlands Family Business Awards!