Three Lincoln firms named as finalists in East Midlands Family Business Awards

Three Lincoln businesses have secured a place in the final stage of the East Midlands Family Business Awards.

Organised by The Wilson Organisation, the seventh annual awards are the only independent initiative to celebrate and recognise the region’s family run and owned enterprises in a range of sectors from healthcare to agriculture.

Among the finalists are The Elite Fish and Chip Company, Obam Stairlifts and Saxilby-based Orderwise, which is up for two different awards including Fastest Growing Family Business.

Elite Fish and Chips are finalists in the Corporate Social Responsibility award whilst Obam Stairlifts and Orderwise will be competing against each other for Employer of the Year.

David Hallam, Managing Director at OrderWise, said: “We’re delighted to be shortlisted, but as business is going so well it feels well deserved.

“With the company only set to expand further, we’ll have our fingers crossed for both these awards. With the Employer of the Year category in particular, we like to think that working at OrderWise makes you part of our collective family. People choose to stay with us for years and there’s a reason for that.”

This year, the 31 finalists will also be automatically entered into the People’s Choice Award, sponsored by Lincoln-based Streets Chartered Accountants, which will be put to the public vote.

Winners will be announced at a special dinner at Birmingham’s Great Hall on Thursday, November 17.

Managing Director of The Wilson Organisation Charlotte Perkins, the third generation of the family to lead the business alongside her sister Annabel Prow, said: “This year’s entries demonstrate the exceptional pedigree of the Midlands’ family businesses, and the finalists together prove the family business sector’s vital contribution to the region’s economy. We wish all fifty-one finalists the very best in the final round.”