Adcock takes East Anglia Family Business of the Year title

Published: 08/06/2016

Family Business United (FBU), in association with leading East of England law firm Birketts, is delighted to announce that Adcock Refrigeration and Air Conditioning is the winner of the East & East Anglia Family Business of the Year Award for 2016.

As Paul Andrews, Founder and Managing Director of Family Business United explains: "We were delighted to pull together such a vibrant bunch of family businesses for the 2016 awards, some that have succeeded for numerous generations and continue to thrive, and others that are relatively young but have great values at the heart of what they do.”

“Adcock was founded by the father-in-law of the current Chairman and the pioneering values that lead to the creation of the business have been continued through the current generation where they are innovative and forward thinking, with customer service essential to the way they operate. As a business they have continued to grow and invest in its development as they design, install, service and care for systems in commercial, industrial and individual residential premises right across the UK.”

“The judges were impressed with the long term view that the business has taken since its inception, their response to changing market conditions, strong family values and dedication to the people in the business, many with long service and others benefitting from the in-house training academy too.”

“They represent a great British family firm based that truly deserve all the plaudits that winning this award brings."

Jolyon Berry, Employment Law Partner from Birketts, who presented this award added: “We were delighted to sponsor the East and East Anglia Family Business of the Year Award and Adcock Refrigeration were worthy winners from a strong field.

“A great business that goes the extra mile for customer service, recognising the importance of exceeding expectations wherever possible. Adcock are aware of their past and where they have come from but have strong leadership to keep them on track as they move to the next stage in their journey as a family firm. Strong values, motivated people and a good heritage pave the way for the future and we look forward to hearing more from them in the generations to come.”

Phillip Prior, Chairman, Adcock Refrigeration and Air Conditioning added: “We are both delighted and proud to have won this prestigious award, especially as we were up against a number of household names in our area. Family businesses are the backbone of the UK economy and Family Business United should also be congratulated on the work they do to support this vital sector."

Runners up in the East & East Anglia Family business of the Year 2016 were Perrywood Garden Centre and Nurseries.

The Family Business of the Year Awards are organised by FBU, the award-winning magazine and resource centre that champions and celebrates the family business sector. Now in their fourth year, these awards recognise the diversity, strength and depth of family firms across the UK and seek to highlight the contribution that family firms make to the UK economy. 

Open to family firms of all generations, sizes and sectors, these awards really do recognise some outstanding family firms and really help to put family businesses on the map. Judged by a panel of experts from the world of family business advising together with a group of family business representatives, the awards are well respected and sought after accolades.

The awards process concluded at a Gala Reception and awards ceremony that took place in London at the prestigious May Fair Hotel in London on June 2 where all the winners were crowned.

Photo (left to right): Jolyon Berry (Birketts), Phillip Prior (Adcock Refrigeration and Air Conditioning), Harriet Prior (Adcock Refrigeration and Air Conditioning),  Paul Andrews (Family Business United).

Photo (left to right): Jolyon Berry (Birketts), Phillip Prior (Adcock Refrigeration and Air Conditioning), Harriet Prior (Adcock Refrigeration and Air Conditioning),  Paul Andrews (Family Business United).

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