The National Family Business Awards, organised and hosted by Family Business Place, were previously known as the Red Ribbon Awards. But in 2017 they have been rebranded to reflect their growing reputation for discovering and recognising the most outstanding family businesses throughout all four corners of the UK. 

From cider makers in Cardiff and bespoke tailors in London to manufacturers in Glasgow and food producers in Birmingham. The country is rich and varied in enterprising families leading and growing some of Britain’s most successful independent companies.

The National Family Business Awards were founded in 2009 by Anita Brightley-Hodges who herself heads up a family business, working alongside her husband, two daughters and her son-in-law as well as an exceptional team. Anita realised the UK was very poor in recognising the incredible contribution that family-owned companies make to Britain’s economy. Not only do they generate billions in taxes and employ over 9 million people, they are also some of the most innovative and exciting business around. What’s more, they are businesses of integrity and family values with a long term view for generations to come.

With so much economic uncertainty looming and in a country where large corporates have such power, it’s crucial that we support and protect our independent businesses – the backbone of Britain’s economy.


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For more than a century, RBC Wealth Management has provided trusted advice and financial solutions to individuals, families and institutions. Working with business owners and their families to build, preserve and pass on their hard-earned wealth, RBC are committed to understanding each of our clients’ unique goals and circumstances in order to shape our wealth management solutions to match their specific needs.



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Veale Wasbrough Vizards are a full-service law firm with offices in London, Watford, Birmingham and Bristol. We work with Family Business clients to help create frameworks to cope with and manage change that aligns the family with their business.


Founded by Charlie Mullins OBE in 1979, Pimlico Plumbers is now the largest independent plumbing and home services company in the UK. Starting as an apprentice himself, Charlie is an advocate of apprenticeships employing over 40 young people into the trade.


J. Preedy & Sons have provided a comprehensive range of constantly developing glass and glazing products and services since 1913. Now run by the fourth generation of the family, Preedy Glass have embraced new technologies and carefully integrated them with traditional craft based skills.


Established in 1984, Matthews has evolved into a family business and has always stayed true to the values on which it was founded. Their customer led approach and family culture has ensured long-standing customers and an enviable reputation for quality and service.


Chalkwell have been a family run business for over eighty years and to this day our philosophy remains the same as it did at the beginning: To provide a professional service with a personal touch. If you are looking for a highly experienced and professional coach operator for a work, school or personal excursion you need look no further than Chalkwell.