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Cotswold Life Family Business Awards 2016 ...
Winners revealed

Cotswold Life Business & Professional magazine is dedicated to celebrating family businesses and this year is no exception. With our Family Business Awards now in their 4th year, we reveal the 2016 best family run companies across the Cotswolds…

Family businesses form the backbone of the British economy and we are lucky enough to have hundreds of them here in the heart of our region. As businesses get bigger to meet increasingly global competition, you might think family businesses are in decline, but we find no evidence of this as our list of great Cotswold family businesses continues to grow.

Regardless of industry or size of the business, these awards celebrate family companies, their enterprise, success and the people working within them. Nicky Godding, Cotswold Life Business Editor commented "Family run companies are at the forefront of the local economy and we are proud to be celebrating the huge and unique contribution they make to the Cotswold economy".

For 2016 we increased the number of award categories and also launched some new ones. Entry numbers, this year, were the highest we have ever had. At the judging meeting, our expert panel debated long and hard to reach the final outcome, with one category so tough judges decided upon two winners.

We are delighted to announce our 2016 winners below who will be recognised in our September issue and we look forward to celebrating with them all at the Family Business Awards winner's presentation lunch in early September.

2016 Winners

Best Start up Family Business
Spark Brands Ltd

Fastest Growing Family Business
Oxford Products Ltd

Employee of the Year
Rich Powell - Arc Energy Resources Ltd

Family Business Apprentice
Alex Pollard - Clarkson Evans

Next Generation Family Achiever
Joseph Purcaro - Joedan Group

Family Business Long Service Award
Abid Naser - SmartSurvey Ltd

Retail Excellence
Hobbs House Bakery Ltd

Food & Farming Excellence
Cotteswold Dairy

Family Business Exporter of the Year
Batten & Allen
Freeman Technology Ltd

Family Business Longevity Award
Poeton Industries Limited

Corporate Social Responsibility
McGurk Group Ltd

Outstanding Contribution to the local or national economy
Owen Mumford

Editor's Choice Award
Sibling Distillery Ltd

Family Business of the Year
Severn Valley Woodworks

Definition of 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 moreoften 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. David Williams leads the Hazlewoods Corporate Services Team and works closely with a wide variety of businesses. David and the team can provide advice on the many challenges that can arise from a family businesses and help avoid the pitfalls. This can range 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.

- David Williams Partner Hazlewoods LLP

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