Aspall Scoops Family Business Award 2015
These awards were created by Family Business United, a magazine dedicated to family businesses and to recognise the contribution they make to the economy and to bring them together to share knowledge and experience. The awards ceremony was held at the Mayfair Hotel on June 11th, and as is often the case, we didn’t quite know what to expect; but very quickly we found ourselves in the great company of businesses of all shapes and sizes.
We were absolutely thrilled – and hugely proud – to be picked by the judges as winner of the Food & Drink Business of the Year, the runners up were New Forest Ice Cream and Shepcote Limited, the Yorkshire based sugar, marzipan and confectionary manufacturers and distributers. Paul Andrews, Founder and Managing Director of the Awards says, "The quality of submissions this year was incredible and the judges faced a difficult challenge in determining the winners. All of the winning family firms are incredible businesses in their own right, irrespective of the family involvement, and are testament to the diversity and contribution that family firms make across the UK and beyond.
All of them represent excellent ambassadors for the sector and we look forward to hearing more from them for generations to come." What Paul didn’t tell us before the event was that he wanted us all to say a few words after collecting our award. Apart from the predictable feeling that I didn’t say enough of the right things, it was actually hugely humbling to hear our fellow winners tell their stories.
There is a great camaraderie amongst family businesses, and any policy maker who hasn’t taken on board the significant and positive impact family businesses have on our economy would do well to attend such an event, and meet so many inspiring people and businesses.
Our congratulations to all the winners, and to all the nominees.