Stephen Walters & Sons Limited has been crowned overall winner of the East & East Anglia Family Business of the Year, with Caribbean Blinds being voted as the East & East Anglia People’s Choice. Our region also produced this year’s national winner for Hotel & Leisure Family Business of the Year, with Ufford Park taking the top spot.
The awards, which were launched in 2012 by Family Business United, are a celebration of the family business sector and have become a real highlight in the family business calendar, seeking to celebrate the strengths and depth of expertise of family firms across the UK.
As Paul Andrews, Founder and Managing Director of Family Business United explains: "We were delighted to pull together such a vibrant selection of family businesses for the 2020 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.”
“The expert panel of judges were impressed with the long term view that our category winners have taken since their inception, their response to changing market conditions, strong family values and dedication to the people in the businesses.”
Alexandra Nelson, Partner and Head of Family Business Services at Birketts, added: “The awards serve as a fantastic reminder of the quality of family businesses in the East and East Anglia region. The calibre of entrants was extremely strong but the region’s overall winner, Stephen Walters & Sons, represents a great British family firm that truly deserve all the plaudits that winning this award brings."