Nottingham auctioneer and second-generation family company John Pye Auctions has taken the top prize in the region’s flagship awards for family businesses.
Founded in 1968 and with an extensive network of salesrooms, offices and auction showrooms across the UK, John Pye Auctions was announced as the Midlands Family Business of the Year on 17 November 2016 at a prestigious black tie ceremony and dinner at Birmingham’s Great Hall.
Now in their seventh year, the Midlands Family Business Awards are organised by The Wilson Organisation, a Nottingham third-generation family business. They are the only independent, not-for-profit initiative to recognise and celebrate the achievements of family businesses in the region.
This year’s ceremony was attended by 300 guests from the awards’ 51 finalists, independent judges and sponsors, including headline sponsor Bonningtons.
John Pye Auctions began life 40 years ago when John Pye began probate property clearances that no other auctioneers in Nottingham wanted. Today, the family business has more than 200 employees nationwide and operates across the Midlands in Derby, Birmingham and Nottingham, as well as in London, Sheffield, Scotland and Wales.
Highly commended by the judges in the headline Midlands Family Business of the Year are Derbyshire's Flair Rugs, and Gloucestershire-based Cotteswold Dairy.
Northampton business Bambino Mio wins the Best Small Family Business Award (annual turnover of less than £5m), while other winners included Oakland International, Owen Taylor & Sons and Ballards Removals.
Rebecca Muldoon of Nottingham-based Midland Conference Services was crowned the Director of the Year, and Dr Nik Kotecha of Loughborough's Morningside Pharmaceuticals won the Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
All 51 finalists were automatically entered in to the People’s Choice Award - brand new for 2016 and sponsored by Streets Chartered Accountants – which saw them face the public vote. The overall Winner was Lincoln’s OrderWise.
Sponsors of the 2016 awards are Bonningtons, Barclays, Bedrock Tax, Flame UK, Midland Conference Services, Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust, PwC, Royal London, and Stencil.
Wilsons’ managing director Charlotte Perkins, the third-generation of the family to lead the business alongside her sister Annabel Prow, said: "The awards are the regions only independent initiative to recognise the work and achievements of family businesses.
"This year’s entries demonstrate the exceptional pedigree of the Midlands’ family businesses, and all the winners and finalists together prove the family business sector’s vitality and significant contribution to the region’s economy."