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Fantastic Homes & Gardens Award Win For Roman Pools

Roman Pools scooped the Homes & Gardens crown at the Family Business of the Year Awards (‘FBOTY’) organised by Family Business United (‘FBU’).

FBU celebrates family owned businesses across the UK, recognising the contribution they make in terms of employment, income generation and wealth creation and the national awards are the culmination of the award journey and a chance to really put family businesses on the map.

In the ‘virtual’ awards ceremony held live online, Roman Pools took the national Homes & Gardens title and were worthy winners of the accolade.

As Paul Andrews, Founder and CEO of FBU explains, “Family firms are at the very heart of our nation and always begin with an entrepreneurial spirit, a drive and determination to succeed and plenty of hard work too.  Roman Pools is a fantastic example of a classic ‘rags to riches’ success, a business founded on the desire of one man to provide for his family and to build a business from scratch.”

“Roman Pools is a great business and really struck a chord with the judges.  Carlo Piazza came to England from Italy at the age of 21 with nothing but a suitcase and unable to speak a word of English.  It all started with one man and a shovel, built on word of mouth, succeeding and becoming a business that now employs over 40 staff where the level of respect for the Carlo is palpable.  The business is now managed by the second generation and continues to grow with the same family values and desire to succeed at their core.”

“Roman Pools is the result of a dream, a husband and wife team that have really pushed boundaries.  A family firm that are proud of their Italian roots, their heritage and values who design, construct and maintain luxury swimming pools and with the next generation now firmly involved they are planning the next stages in the evolution of the family firm.”

Upon receiving this award, Carlo Piazza added, “I am honoured and humbled to even be considered for such an amazing award, especially alongside such inspiring family businesses.  Never did I imagine that a man like myself from a small village in Sicily would end up where we are today, celebrating such a fantastic achievement.  I am delighted to accept this award on behalf of the whole team at Roman Pools.  We would not be where we are today without our incredible team who, not only are they my employees, they are my ‘family.’  We are delighted to have won this award.”

The runners up in the Homes & Gardens award for 2020 were Caribbean Blinds UK Ltd.

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