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Cotswold Life & Professional announce winners for the Family Business Awards 2015

PUBLISHED: 13:06 07 September 2015 | UPDATED: 13:06 07 September 2015

Family Business Awards 2015

Family Business Awards 2015


We thank all our judges, who took a significant amount of time out of their days to come along and select the winners. There probably isn’t a better-qualified and more knowledgeable team anywhere across the Cotswolds.

Family businesses form the backbone of the British economy, and there are hundreds of them across the Cotswolds, in fact many of the biggest family businesses are often not recognised as such at all. As businesses get bigger to meet increasingly global competition, you might think family businesses are in decline, but we can find no evidence of this and our list of Cotswold family businesses is getting longer.

In fact, the notion of a family business is experiencing something of a renaissance in these days of behemoth brands seeking the unique differentiator to drive us consumers to buy from them. We support big business (and there are big businesses on this list which are family businesses), but we’re flying the flag for family businesses, because sometimes they’re too busy to do it themselves. We thank all our judges, who took a significant amount of time out of their days to come along and select the winners. There probably isn’t a better-qualified and more knowledgeable team anywhere across the Cotswolds.

2015 Winners

Outstanding Contribution to the local or national economy

Oxfordshire: Blenheim Palace

Gloucestershire: Howard Tenens

Family Business of the Year

Oxfordshire: Salters & Co

Gloucestershire: Badhams Pharmacies

Next Generation Family Achiever

Oxfordshire: Carl Reeve – Data Plastics

Gloucestershire: Paul Bence – George Bence and Sons

Rural Family Business Award

Oxfordshire: Millett’s Farm Park or Caswell House – TBC

Gloucestershire: Cotswold Farm Park

Family Business Longevity Award

Oxfordshire: Symm & Co

Gloucestershire: GA Baker and Mann Jewellers

Family Business Exporter of the Year

Oxfordshire: The Tibbetts Group

Gloucestershire: Robert Welch

Corporate Social Responsibility

Oxfordshire: Aston James

Gloucestershire: Peter Hickman Hairdressers

Innovation and Enterprise

Oxfordshire: Ability Matters

Gloucestershire: Poeton Industries

2015 Judges

Nicky Gooding: Business Editor and Chair

Dani Saveker: Chief Executive | Families in Business Ltd

Ruth Dooley: Partner and Head of Tax | Hazlewoods LLP

Elizabeth Saunders: Partner and Head of Private Client | BPE

Paul Lowe: Operations Director Darby’s LLP | Chair of Oxfordshire Business Awards

Claire Willcox: Relationship Director | Santander Corporate Banking Oxfordshire

Bill Smith: Finance Director | STL Communications


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