Now in their seventh 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.
The winner will take over the title that was awarded to Century Office in 2018. Previous winners include Warmer Homes and Heating, Aspalls and Adcock Refrigeration and Air Conditioning.
The shortlisted firms in the running for the 2019 award are:
- A.R. Adams Funeral Directors Ltd
- Breheny Civil Engineering
- Century Office
- Frederick Douglas Performing Arts
- G Webb Haulage Limited
- Gatwards of Hitchin
- Kirbys Coaches
- P&A Wood
- Phillips Brothers (Woodshavings) Ltd
- React Computer Partnership
- Right Angle Events
- Stoke-By Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa
- Ufford Park Hotel
As Paul Andrews, Founder and Managing Director of Family Business United, the award-winning magazine and resource centre for family firms in the UK, explains: "We are delighted to be able to pull together such a vibrant bunch of family businesses, 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. Not only are the shortlisted firms in with a shot at taking the East & East Anglia title, they are also in the running to be crowned the Best of British as the Supreme Champion Family Business of the Year for 2019."
Adam Jones, Partner and Head of Birketts' Family Owned Businesses Team, added: "Family firms are the backbone of the UK economy and cover all sectors of the business community too. Any one of those shortlisted would make worthy winners and ambassadors for the sector. We are looking forward to finding out more about each of them and I am sure that the decisions to determine the winner will not be easy as we seek to identify another great ambassador to fly the flag for family businesses in East Anglia."
The awards process concludes at a gala reception and awards ceremony that takes place in London at the prestigious May Fair Hotel in London on June 6 where the regional and sector winners will be crowned together with the overall Supreme Champion Family Business of the Year for 2019.
You can vote for your favourite to win the East & East Anglia People's Choice Family Business of the Year 2019 via FBU’s website.