According to the IFB, family businesses are the embodiment of being responsible. Often cited as the ?bedrock of communities, these companies are said to generate over a quarter of UK GDP. A mish-mash of strong values, sustainable outlook and commitment traits the IFB strongly associates with family companies has ensured longevity even in harsh economic times, and it has been reflected in our 2018 Amazon Growing Business Awards. From food to manufacturing, the eight companies in the running for Family-Owned Business of the Year show that you can persevere in any sector with the right attitude.
2018 Family-owned Business of the Year finalists
“Biscuiteers introduced a unique new concept to the gifting market and has been instrumental in positioning iced biscuits as an alternative to flowers and building a hugely successful corporate business producing branded biscuits for product launches and corporate gifting.”
“By creating and instilling company values, having directors who lead by example, excellent career opportunities, a fun atmosphere and staff who are passionate and committed, Bonacia has increased its turnover by almost £2m in a year. The family vibe is apparent, we don’t go to work, we go to our second home the kettle’s always on, friendly faces and fantastic staff driving the business forward.”
“We pride ourselves on being fun and quirky and if you are looking for something a little bit different then we have got it. We not only have an amazing range of self-created products, but also amazing new and existing products. We are a fun, family-orientated business who pride ourselves on innovation and ensuring our team are happy and inspired.”
“Although I am the face of the business, Food Attraction could not have achieved what it has without the family working closely together. The family culture created by Mum initially has been passed on and is certainly felt throughout the business, with the business run by understanding and involvement and never fear. We have faced some very tough issues but have gotten through on the strength of our internal relationships, trust and respect.” Jake Karia
“H2O has just been accredited with ISO14001 Environmental Management System demonstrating our commitment to protecting the environment. We also proudly sponsor ‘Little Explorers’, a local charity run Preschool and we have supported charitable events such as Freddie’s Fight, White Collar boxing, the Shenstone Fun-Run and a sponsored bike ride, demonstrating how we value community spirit.”
“Since trading began in 1994, we have had a positive impact on the markets both in the UK and abroad. We have a strong and loyal customer base, with a strong range of distributors in many countries globally. We ensure that we go through a strategic process to choose new distributors and ensure that we choose a business with good standing and good relations within the local business community.”
Founders: Adam and Chloe Pollard Growth story:Launched from a kitchen table in 2012, The Willoughby Book Club is a growing team of 10 permanent employees based from its Leicester office. The business has partnered with over 20 stockists across the world and major high street retailers. The founders haveAchieved 180% revenue growth in the last three years.View this post on Instagram
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?We ve successfully entered the market by creating an innovative and unique proposition, shifting the focus from ‘self purchasing to a ?gift” oriented service. Since our arrival, the book subscription market has continued to gain momentum, with Willoughby at the forefront.
2017 Family-owned Business of the Year finalistsowns and runs the company along with my mum, a software engineer. My sister (ten) has her own office. My brother and I (19And 21) work for the company while at university we did the same when we were at school. This year we travelled around the world’selling equipment often worth more than £100,000 to globally leading institutes. We create equipment at the very frontier of what’s technically?” or physically?” possible, and a ten-year-old helps make it, and NASA buys it.
Uuni (Tapaninaho)Uuni is truly unique. Our rate of growth is huge and whilst profitability is very important to us, so is being a company “for good”. We are a values-orientated organisation and have designed our core values withthe team. We have a professional development budget?” also a personal development budget for each team member to ensure we invest in the people in our team. We care about sustainability and plant a tree for every single Uuni oven and every 10kg bag of pellets we sell. We are known for exceptional customer experience. We have a large and passionate online community.
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