Nominations are OPEN for the Cotswold Life Family Business Awards 2019
PUBLISHED: 16:15 16 April 2019 | UPDATED: 16:15 16 April 2019
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We're once again championing the extraordinary contribution family firms make to the Cotswolds economy with the 2019 Cotswold Life Family Business Awards. And nominations are open now...
CLICK HERE to submit your nomination.
We're delighted to launch our 2019 Cotswold Life Family Business Awards, sponsored by Hazlewoods - the awards that champion family-run firms right across the region.
Open to businesses of all sizes and across all sectors, we're once again thrilled be championing the significant contribution they make to the economy, not only in the Cotswolds but of the UK as a whole.
To enter is simple: head to fba.cotswoldlife.co.uk and answer a few simple questions.
You can nominate your own family company - or tell us about one you know that's doing amazing things.
Our aim with these awards is to celebrate the very best family-run operations across Gloucestershire, Worcestershire, Warwickshire, Oxfordshire and Wiltshire.
According to the Institute for Family Business (IFB), two thirds of UK businesses are family-owned - 4.8m in total.
They are the beating heart of the UK economy, generating more than a quarter of GDP and paying more than £149 billion in tax each year. That's more than the annual NHS budget.
Employing around 12.2m people, family businesses account for 47% of private sector employment.
And although family-owned giants like Dyson and JCB sit firmly in the top 20 for turnover in the latest Sunday Times HSBC Top Track 100, many businesses are much smaller operations, and their contribution is no less critical.
So why are they so important?
“Strong values run through family businesses,” the IFB says. “Owners have the opportunity to teach and pass along their business and personal values to the next generation and they embody and embrace responsible capitalism.
“They avoid excessive debt, have lower staff turnover and take a long-term and sustainable approach to investment. When tough times arrive, family firms are less likely to go under and are better placed to lead the recovery.”
It's this sense of loyalty, responsibility and community that we want to celebrate in the 2019 Cotswold Life Business & Professional Family Business Awards.
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.
Family Business Apprentice
With the Apprentice Levy in operation, 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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
A message from our sponsor, Hazlewoods:
Family businesses are the backbone of the UK economy; from the small high street retailer to the likes of JCB and Dyson, the culture and values of family businesses are truly unique. Ruth Dooley, Partner in Hazlewoods Corporate Services team, works closely with a wide variety of businesses and regularly provides advice on the range of challenges that can arise from being a family business. From tax advice and ownership agreements to succession planning and much more, Hazlewoods appreciate the unique strengths of family businesses and tailor their advice to support their growth.
So please take a moment to head to our web page and nominate the family-owned companies you know are the very best in the business.
Click here to see last year's winners at the Cotswold Life Family Business Awards.