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Cotswold Life Family Business Awards 2017

We are delighted to announce our fifth year of the Cotswold Life Business & Professional Family Business Awards

Click here to enter a family business

Open to family firms of all sizes, sectors and ages, we are thrilled to be championing the extraordinary contribution this sector makes to the Cotswold economy.

Entry is simple. Whether you’re putting yourself forward or nominating another company by answering a few simple questions.

Our objective is to celebrate the very best family businesses across Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire and Wiltshire.

Two-thirds of all UK businesses are family owned, according to the Institute of Family Business (IFB).

That's 4.7 million in total - of which more than 17,000 are medium and large companies. Many have been operational for hundreds of years.

They generate over a quarter of the UK's GDP and employ 12.2 million people. In 2015, the IFB says, the family business sector paid £133 billion in tax.

That’s a fifth of UK Government revenue and accounts for 47% of private sector employment.

The IFB says family firms thrive because they take a long-term, sustainable outlook, while generational takeovers keep them at the forefront of modern trends.

“Strong values run through family businesses,” a spokesman for the IFB says.

“Family members take pride in upholding these family values and build them into their day-to-day work and personal activities.

“They embody and embrace responsible capitalism; avoid excessive debt; have lower staff turnover and take a sustainable approach to investment.

“They’re also committed to the local communities in which they operate, and many undertake significant philanthropic activities.

“Family business really is a great British success story.”

2017 categories

Best Start-up Family Business
We’re always on the look out for exciting new businesses. Many start-ups are family-owned, even if they go on to be the next Superdry, Renishaw or Oxford Instruments. We want to hear from you if you’ve started small - but are thinking big.

Fastest Growing Family Business
Is the latest generation driving your business forward? Or has your business found a family member who is propelling the business into the fast lane. If your turnover is soaring or your workforce has grown exponentially, this is for you.

Family Business Apprentice
With the new Apprentice Levy coming into play, it’s a great time to celebrate apprentices and the role they play in business success. Have you got a great young apprentice -family member or not - who are slowly but surely working their way up through ranks. It’s time to shout about them.

Employee of the Year
Who has gone the extra mile for you this year? Who has driven the business forward? Created great initiatives that have inspired the rest of the staff? Organised a big charity drive? Recognise your Employee of the Year by nominating them - and they don’t even have to be a family member, just someone who works for you and stands out from the crowd.

Next Generation Family Achiever
Every year, more than 100,000 family businesses transfer ownership between generations. Who’s the next generation mover and shaker in your business? Who’s taking it to the next level? This category is for them.

Food & Farming Excellence
Food and farming is a mainstay of the Cotswold economy and our rare breed meats, artisan cheeses and exceptional produce are recognised the world over. This award recognises excellence in this sector.

Retail Excellence Award
Thousands of retail businesses across the region give the Cotswolds its place in the hearts of locals and tourists alike. From corner shops to chi-chi boutiques, who’s top of the shops? We’d love to hear from you.

Family Business Exporter of the Year
Is your business making waves overseas? Are you forging into exciting new markets? We celebrate family businesses successfully doing big business abroad.

Family Business Longevity Award
We’re looking for the region’s longest established businesses, thriving in the 21st century. It’s not easy staying ahead of the competition, and some of the region’s companies have been doing it for centuries.

Outstanding Contribution to the Local or National economy
This award celebrates the family business which has made its mark locally or nationally through the delivery exceptional products or services. Or simply by dedicated company resources to great projects in the Cotswolds - or further afield.

Editor’s Choice Award
There are exceptional people working in family businesses that won’t always fit into our categories. This is an award for them.

Family Business of the Year
The cream of the crop, we’ll be celebrating the family business that continues to shine, reinventing itself to stay at the forefront of the market and driving itself to even greater heights.

Click here to enter a family business

What is a family business?

A business actively owned and/or managed or worked in full time by more than one member of the same family. Such family businesses range from huge corporations to local ‘mom and pop’ retail stores, the family farm or other commercial business. As a family business passes from one generation to the next, children will learn the job from at an early age. In any other sector this could be seen as child labour, but in a family business is more often referred to as ‘helping mum and dad’ and the children enjoy being involved and learn valuable skills directly related to the family business at a much younger age.

A message from our sponsor Hazlewoods:

Family businesses are truly unique and are the backbone of the UK’s economy. Ruth Dooley, Partner in Hazlewoods Corporate Services Team, works closely with a wide variety of businesses. Ruth and the team regularly provide advice on the many challenges that can arise from a family business and help to avoid the pitfalls. This ranges from tax advice, ownership agreements, succession planning and much more. Hazlewoods aim to help family businesses create a more successful venture, drawing upon their unique strengths.

- Ruth Dooley

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