The Family Business of the Year Awards, organised by Family Business United, celebrate the vital contribution that family businesses of all sizes play in the UK economy. Innovation, investment, passion and pride are evident in family businesses across the UK confirming that the family business has much to celebrate. With around 5 million family firms in the UK providing around 12 million jobs and generating a significant contribution to GDP, these national awards certainly help to put the family business sector on the map and give them the recognition they deserve.
Since they were created back in 2012 there have been some incredible winners that truly demonstrate that family firms are a force for good, be it through the provision of jobs, income generation or wealth creation and not forgetting their significant involvement with charities and the local communities in which they operate.
Previous Supreme Champions include St Austell Brewery, HMG Paints, Potter Group and Zonal UK.
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As Paul Andrews, founder of FBU and creator of these awards explains, “These awards are a fantastic way to celebrate the very best of British family businesses and to shine a light on a sector that does so much. Each year we are amazed at the depth and diversity of submissions and each year uncover some truly fantastic family businesses.”
Winners are announced regionally and by sector with a public vote determining the People’s Choice winners by region and then there are the national awards which culminate in the crowing of the Supreme Champion Family Business of the Year.
As Paul concludes, “These awards are a brilliant celebration of the businesses that are the heart and soul of the nation, businesses that grace High Streets up and down the UK, some on the start of their journey and others that have been around for generations. 2020 has not been an easy year and the format has had to adapt and evolve, entries and acceptance speeches recorded under lockdown and in accordance with social distancing rules so we have had to be flexible and create a virtual ceremony! Having said that, going online does not diminish the contribution of family firms in any way and we are looking forward to a vibrant ceremony and crowing some great winners too.”