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.


Meet the team…



Our Partners 


We get you seen and heard in a crowded online world. We make beautiful branded content and put it in front of the people you want to reach. Our content is designed for long-term marketing strategies and includes regularly updated content. Our outputs are produced to achieve pre-defined goals across multiple channels. We don’t leave anything to chance!


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.



Established in 1995, Sun Mark provide and distribute famous supermarket products all over the world. As well as representing top British and international companies including Unilever, Nestle, Heinz, Premier, Fox’s, Burton, PepsiCo and Kraft and many others in certain markets, they also produce their own range of quality products, which are competitively priced and similar to the market leaders in terms of quality and taste.



Funky Voices are the largest multi-award winning modern community choir based in Essex and Suffolk founded and launched in 2007 by Sandra Colston (the most unique, insanely infectious approach to vocal ensemble/choir teaching you will ever experience…). Funky Voices perform at over 100 events, tour and compete in music festivals locally and worldwide, record multiple albums for iTunes, appearances on TV and radio and perform alongside hugely established music artists. Funky Voices aim to meet the community and their needs and also raise money for charities in the area and beyond and will continue to do so, with over 800 singers!

Choir Team Building
Our ‘choir team building’ sessions allow us to work with all kinds of groups, culminating in a full ‘choir of harmony’ singing together to your own audience. Various packages are available ranging from hourly, half/full days to weekly sessions.

• Excellent team bonding.
• Improved communication skills.
• Increased confidence in your team.
• Improved concentration and memory.
• Greater co-operation within the team, building ‘true harmony’.

Funky Voices was established in 2007 and has grown from strength to strength gaining many accolades, awards and praise within communities as well as the media and music world. We are extremely professional, yet still enormous fun to work with. We’re very confident and bring success to every group we work with, so try us out.