OrderWise named Midlands’ top family business

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Lincoln-based business management software company OrderWise has been crowned the Midlands Family Business of the Year 2017.

Founded in 1991 by MD David Hallam, Orderwise is one of the UK and Ireland’s leading suppliers of dedicated stock management software for business.

The company was named the winner of the Midlands Family Business Awards’ headline award on the evening of Thursday, November 9 at a glittering black-tie ceremony at The Velodrome, Derby Arena.

Of other Lincolnshire success stories was wholesale coffee roasting company RW Stokes & Sons, which was awarded Highly Commended for Family Business of the Year.

Lincolnshire firm Quadzilla Quads also scooped the Best Small Family Business Award, for businesses with an annual turnover of up to £5 million.

All 43 finalists were automatically entered in to the People’s Choice Award, sponsored by Lincoln-based Streets Chartered Accountants – which saw them face the public vote.

The overall winner was River Canal Rescue.

The awards are the only independent not-for-profit Awards for family businesses in the Midlands, and raise funds for charities supporting families and young people.

This year’s awards were sponsored by Bonningtons, Barclays, Distinction, John Pye Auctions, MCS Event Pro, Morningside Pharmaceuticals, PwC, Royal London, RSA, Shakespeare Martineau LLP, and Streets Chartered Accountants.

The full line-up of Winners and Highly Commended in the 2017 Awards, are:

Family Business of the Year – sponsored by Bonningtons

Winner – OrderWise (Lincoln)
Highly Commended – RW Stokes & Sons (Lincoln)
Highly Commended – Micronclean (Skegness, Lincolnshire)

Fastest Growing Family Business – sponsored by PwC

Winner – Airband Community Internet
Highly Commended – NK Motors
Highly Commended – Rilmac Scaffolding

Best Small Family Business – sponsored by John Pye Auctions

Winner – Quadzilla Quads (Lincolnshire)
Highly Commended – River Canal Rescue (Stafford)
Highly Commended – Rydale Roofing Ltd (Newcastle, Staffordshire)

International Trade – sponsored by Barclays

Winner – The Wilkins Group (Nottingham)
Highly Commended – Bambino Mio (Northampton)
Highly Commended – WARD (Derbyshire)

Employer of the Year – sponsored by Royal London

Winner – Ballards Removals (Newark, Nottinghamshire)
Highly Commended – Morley Hayes (Derbyshire)
Highly Commended – River Canal Rescue (Stafford)

Director of the Year – sponsored by MCS Event Pro

Winner – Steve Lloyd, Magenta (UK) Ltd (Ilkeston, Derbyshire)
Highly Commended – Sanj Kumar, NK Motors (Derby)
Highly Commended – Des Ponsonby Corporate Solutions Logistics (Birmingham)

Best Use of Digital – sponsored by Distinction

Winner – Ideal Manufacturing (Northamptonshire)
Highly Commended – Dalycom (Leicestershire)
Highly Commended – Micronclean (Skegness, Lincolnshire)

Entrepreneur of the Year – sponsored by Morningside Pharmaceuticals

Winner – Nick Maltby, Mtag Composites (Lincolnshire)
Highly Commended – Redmond Peel, Airband Community Internet (Worcester)
Highly Commended – Sean Ramsden, Ramsden International (Grimsby, Lincolnshire)

Service Excellence – sponsored by Shakespeare Martineau LLP

Winner – River Canal Rescue (Stafford)
Highly Commended – Advance Performance UK (Peterborough)
Highly Commended – Systematic Print Management (Lincolnshire)

Manufacturing Excellence – sponsored by RSA

Winner – Ideal Manufacturing (Northamptonshire)
Highly Commended – A1 Flue Systems (Nottingham)
Highly Commended – GemPort Jewellery (Birmingham)

People’s Choice – sponsored by Streets Chartered Accountants

Winner – River Canal Rescue
Highly Commended – Open Study College
Highly Commended – OrderWise

Third generation family business The Wilson Organisation, runs the awards. Its MD Charlotte Perkins said: “This is the eighth year for the awards and once again, the Awards team, our panel of judges and each of our sponsors has been bowled over by the exceptional quality, pedigree, innovation and performance of each and every one of the finalists.

“As the regions only independent initiative to recognise and showcase the work and achievements of family businesses, yet again all the winners and finalists prove the vitality of the Midlands’ family business sector and its significant contribution to the region’s economy.”