Cotswold Life Business & Professional magazine is dedicated to celebrating family businesses and this year is no exception.
With our Family Business Awards now in their 4th year, we reveal the 2016 best family run companies across the Cotswolds.
Family businesses form the backbone of the British economy and we are lucky enough to have hundreds of them here in the heart of our region. As businesses get bigger to meet increasingly global competition, you might think family businesses are in decline, but we find no evidence of this as our list of great Cotswold family businesses continues to grow.
Regardless of industry or size of the business, these awards celebrate family companies, their enterprise, success and the people working within them. Nicky Godding, Cotswold Life Business Editor commented Family run companies are at the forefront of the local economy and we are proud to be celebrating the huge and unique contribution they make to the Cotswold economy.
For 2016 we increased the number of award categories and also launched some new ones. Entry numbers, this year, were the highest we have ever had. At the judging meeting, our expert panel debated long and hard to reach the final outcome, with one category so tough judges decided upon two winners.
We are delighted to announce our 2016 winners below who will be recognised in our September issue and we look forward to celebrating with them all at the Family Business Awards winner%u2019s presentation lunch sponsored by Hazlewoods LLP in early September.
Best Start up Family Business
Spark Brands Ltd
Fastest Growing Family Business
Oxford Products Ltd
Employee of the Year
Rich Powell - Arc Energy Resources Ltd
Family Business Apprentice
Alex Pollard - Clarkson Evans
Next Generation Family Achiever
Joseph Purcaro - Joedan Group
Family Business Long Service Award
Abid Naser - SmartSurvey Ltd
Hobbs House Bakery Ltd
Food & Farming Excellence
Family Business Exporter of the Year
Batten & Allen
Freeman Technology Ltd
Family Business Longevity Award
Poeton Industries Limited
Corporate Social Responsibility
McGurk Group Ltd
Outstanding Contribution to the local or national economy
Editor's Choice Award
Sibling Distillery Ltd
Family Business of the Year
Severn Valley Woodworks
Nicky Godding: Business Editor and Chair
Ruth Dooley: Partner and Head of Tax | Hazlewoods LLP
Elizabeth Saunders: Partner and Head of Private Client | BPE
Jayne Woodley: Chief Executive, Oxfordshire Community Foundation
Sarah Bryars: Chief Executive, Target Group
Julia Iball: Chair, IoD Oxfordshire
Graham Ripley: Chair of Governors, Gloucestershire College
For more information visit: www.cotswoldlife.co.uk/business/fba