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Best in Class Family Business Place is proud to present the Red Ribbon Awards 2012

23 November, The Pullman Hotel, London, St Pancras Behind some of the UK’s most successful businesses are passionate, ambitious families. All with one thing in common; to create a sustainable business for future generations.

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The prestigious Red Ribbon Awards are the ONLY awards to recognise the achievements of family businesses of all shapes and sizes. From small manufacturing companies, to luxury brands and high street names; all those shortlisted for the Red Ribbon Awards have demonstrated outstanding achievements and are flying the flag for the UK’s family business sector.

Corporate Environmental Responsibility Recognising the family business that takes great steps to ensuring a safer, cleaner and more sustainable environment for their business.

Innovation Demonstrating that family businesses aren’t always old fashioned – this award celebrates a family business that has proven to be innovative either in product, marketing or growth.

• Bastows • Howard Nurseries • Commercial Group • Matthews the Printers • Yeo Valley • Ecosan Services

• Bastows • Winterhalter • AW Hainsworth & Sons • Ashbourne Insurance • Romney Marsh Wools

Community Involvement

Customer First

An award for the family business that demonstrates commercial success whilst achieving excellence in its commitment to the community with schemes and initiatives.

Recognising the family business that puts customer service at the heart of everything they do with clear objectives and methods of monitoring customer satisfaction.

• CUB • Howard Nurseries • Timpson • Lord Harris, Carpetright • Shepherd Neame • William Jackson Food Group

• Ashbourne Insurance • Triplar • The Goring Hotel • Timpson • Stevenson Brothers • Travel Counsellors

New Frontiers


Celebrating the family business that has embarked on new projects overseas and can demonstrate how export strategies have been developed to grow their business outside of the UK.

Recognising the family business that has remained in family hands for more than three generations.

• Triplar • Travel Counsellors • Westons Cider • Morgan Motor Company • Walter Wright • Clive Christian Perfume

• S.Taylor & Sons (Stockport) Ltd • Merrythought • Walter Wright • Henleys Medical Supplies • Langtry Manor Hotel • Shepherd Neame


Best Small Family Business

This award seeks to recognise those who have demonstrated entrepreneurship whilst at the helm of their family business.

Identifying a small family business (up to 20 employees) that has demonstrated outstanding performance in a number of aspects including commercial success, local community, innovation and strong leadership.

• Kuldip Singh, Mr Singh’s Sauces • John Harrison Banfield, Dauphin Restoration • Kristina Boulden, Romney Marsh Wools • Gary Martin, Martin Construction • Miranda Ballard, Muddy Boots • Sarah Copas, Copas Partnership

Family Business of the Year Celebrating an outstanding family business that has led the way, with family values at the forefront of their brand. • Toye, Kenning & Spencer • Henleys Medical Supplies • Youngs Healthcare • Commercial Utility Brokers • Turtons of Devon • Langtry Manor Hotel

Young Gun

• Walter Wright • Abbey Antiques • Newhay Feeds • Romney Marsh Wools • Rosedale Funeral Home • Ashbourne Insurance

Family Business Ambassador This award seeks to recognise the professional adviser who has best supported the sector and helped family businesses to flourish. • Joachim Vandaele, TrustedFamily • Peter Smits, Ashbourne Insurance • Sarah Smits, Ashbourne Insurance • Sandy Loder, AH Loder Advisors • Ken McCracken, Family Business Solutions • Paul Andrews, Family Business United

Fastest Growing Business

A talented next generation member (under 30) who has celebrated incredible achievements beyond their peers.

Identifying a family business that has seen unparalleled growth compared to non-family business competitors in the same market.

• Charlie Beldham, Cotswold Gold • Gemma Firth, Matthews the Printers • Gary Martin, Martin Construction • Sanjay Arora, Arora Hotels • Jennifer Kerfoot, Kerfoot Group • Silja Nyboe Andersen

• Triplar • Thames Executive Charters • Travel Counsellors • Gibbs S3 • 99p Stores • COOK Foods

Lifetime Achievement Judged by the team at Family Business Place. An award dedicated to a personality who has made a major impact on the world of family business during their career. • Judy Bell MBE, Shepherds Purse Cheese • Lord Harris of Peckham, Carpetright • Pratibha Sachdev, Life Style Care • Bryn and Emma Parry OBE, Help for Heroes • Charlie Mullins, Pimlico Plumbers • John Jones MBE, John Jones

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Founded by Molly Bedingfield in 2004, The Global Angels Foundation is an international charity, empowering disadvantaged children and communities around the world. Through The 100% Promise, every penny Global Angels receives from public donations goes directly to tangible on-the-ground resources such as safe drinking water, water food, education, homes, rehabilitation, medical care and disaster relief.

Make-A-Wish Foundation® UK has a very simple objective – to grant magical wishes to children and young people fighting life-threatening conditions. The charity was founded in the UK in 1986 and since then has granted over 7,700 wishes.

Charity Auction Part of what makes the UK’s family business sector so special is the reputation it has for giving back. For many family-run companies, charitable giving and philanthropy are a core part of their business. As well as the awards ceremony itself, this year’s Red Ribbon Awards will also play host to a Charity Auction with prizes donated by family businesses from around the UK. From luxury products to money-can’t-buy experiences and everything in between; the charity auction will be a fantastic chance to get your hands on some incredible prizes whilst at the same time making a hugely valuable contribution to our two charities Global Angels and Make-A-Wish Foundation.

This year, around 1,400 children will turn to Make-A-Wish to have their special wish granted – they need to raise over £6.8 million per year to continue granting these magical wishes.

For your entertainment - the amazing Rock Choir! Founded by Caroline Redman Lusher in 2005, Rock Choir offers children, teenagers and adults the opportunity to sing pop, Motown, gospel and chart songs, without the need to audition, read music, or have any previous singing experience – it’s the contemporary choir for people who just love to sing. Rock Choir is a family-run business with over 16,000 members in 200 locations across the UK and is the largest amateur choir in the world.

The Judging Panel

Anita Brightley-Hodges Family Business Place Founder of Family Business Place - the UK's leading network of family businesses and their professional advisers.

Amalia Brightley-Hodges Family Business Place Editor-in-Chief of Generation magazine - raising the prestige and profile of UK family businesses.

Deri Llewellyn-Davies Business Growth International Growing businesses through personal innovation, leadership and personal evolution.

Paul Andrews Family Business United Paul is a true champion of the UK's family business sector, working with their owners to help them succeed.

Lucy Marsh Floris Lucy is the 9th generation of her family business which proudly boasts two Royal Warrants.

George Goring The Goring George has welcomed many prestigious guests to his 5* London hotel which has been in the family for over 100 years.

Helen Thomas Westons Cider Helen is the first woman at the helm of her family business which exports to over forty countries around the world.

Hannah Holmes Merrythought 4th generation of this quintessentially British company and manufacturers of the official 2012 Olympic teddybear.

Bryan & Emma Parry OBE Help for Heroes A husband and wife team who have seen their charity's turnover soar to over ÂŁ100million in just five years.

Jerry Sandys SalesSkills Ltd Jerry works with business owners helping them to achieve their goals and aspirations.

Red Ribbon Awards 2012  

Red Ribbon Awards and Charity Dinner celebrating the best Family Businesses in th UK.

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