UK Private Business Awards 2017: Family Business of the Year shortlist, sponsored by Family Business United

31 July 2017

The UK Private Business Awards 2017: Family Business of the Year shortlist are:

  • Castell Howell Foods
  • The Entertainer
  • Firmdale Hotels
  • James Johnston & Co of Elgin
  • JW Lees & Co (Brewers)
  • Mash Direct

The shortlist for the seventh annual Private Business Awards, sponsored by PwC, demonstrates the private business sector’s strength across UK regions and industries. Finalists include fashion, food, financial services and healthcare companies amongst many others, selected from hundreds of nominees.

We were looking for an established family business that balanced the needs and relationships of its owners with a desire to become more successful. The winner of the award should be more likely to include at least two generations of the family; however, emerging family businesses were still eligible as long as they demonstrated the right trajectory and ethos of this very important part of the Private Business community. Whether one family was in charge or several families worked together, the business needs to have the potential to continue to grow and thrive within its current ownership structure.

The awards were set up in 2011 to celebrate the best in the private business sector and to underline its importance to the UK economy. The 6 companies shortlisted in this category employ more than 6,000 people and have a combined turnover of £510 million. 

Paul Andrews, Founder and CEO of Family Business United (‘FBU’) said:

“FBU is all about family businesses and there is a clear synergy between this category and what we do.  Family firms are the engine room of the UK economy and provide millions of job across the country, generate significant turnover and support the communities in which they operate across the length and breadth of the UK.  We are delighted to be sponsoring this award and with the quality of the submissions received.  Each and every firm was a contender and reading the submissions was a privilege, although determining the winner was not easy given the calibre of businesses involved.”

“Family firms deserve recognition in awards such as these and we are delighted to be involved as a sponsor.  We look forward to presenting the award to the worthy family business winners in September.”

The winners of this year’s awards will be announced on 14 September 2017 at the gala awards at The Brewery, London. Best of luck to all of the shortlist.

Follow the countdown and the awards by visiting or following #UKPBA17 on Twitter. 

Brian Henderson | Fast Growth Companies Leader
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