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NWFBA2020 Highlights Video

Take a look at a few highlights from the spectacular inaugural North West Family Business Awards. The sparkling ceremony was held on March 6th 2020 at the Concorde Hangar at Manchester Airport, and was hosted by Nigel Barden. Over 400 family business guests, colleagues and friends attended to celebrate the finest family businesses across the North West.

Organised by the Family Business Network.

Film by Sheenah Alcock.

Double award win for Partington’s Holiday Parks

Double award win for Partington’s Holiday Parks at The North West Family Business Awards 2020

Family businesses from The North West of England came together on Friday 6th March for the North West Family Business Awards event, held under the wings of The Concorde, in the purpose-built hangar at Manchester Airport.


The awards ceremony was dedicated to celebrating family businesses and the great work they do in the region, the categories had a whopping 192 entries across Lancashire, Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside and Cumbria.


Entering these prestigious awards was a first for Partington’s Holiday Parks, based in Thornton-cleveleys near Blackpool, Lancashire.


Owning and working in a family business is nothing new for the current CEO’s of Partington’s Holiday Parks, in fact it’s all they’ve really known. Apart from the short spells working in the ‘wider world’ to gain external experience Andrea Challis and Robert Kearsley are brother and sister and joint CEO’s of their 76 year old family Holiday Park business.


We love recognition and were thrilled to be winners in the Large Leisure and Tourism category at The North West Family Business Awards and then North West Family Business of the Year!! It was a huge honour for our family and dedicated employees.

Andrea Challis joint CEO of the Partington Group says ‘it’s been a fabulous evening with so many worthy winners. Family businesses are unique and we are truly overwhelmed to be recognised as the ‘’Best of the best!’’


Now the winners of each category will go forward to the Family Business United National Family Business, which will be held in London on 4th June.

#NWFBA2020 #familybusinessdoublewinners

An evening of celebration for family businesses from across the North West

Representatives of family businesses from the North West of England came together last Friday, 6th March for the inaugural North West Family Business Awards event in association with Enterprise Answers, dedicated to celebrating the sector in the region.

Now the winners will go forward to the National Family Business Awards held in London on June 4.

The North West Family Business Awards were hosted by food writer and presenter Nigel Barden and took place under the wings of Concorde, in the purpose-built hangar and events centre at Manchester Airport.

Sue Howorth, Founder and co-director of The Family Business Network and The North West Family Business Awards said: “This has been a fantastic event, which really has celebrated the great work that family businesses do, enriching their local communities and the country’s economy.

“The response from the business sector and the public has been fantastic for this inaugural event. We had 192 entries across the 11 categories from across the region including Lancashire, Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside and Cumbria.

“It was a tough job for the judges as the standard of entries was so high. The support from the public who helped select the winners of the People’s Choice and Employee of the Year was outstanding. We had over 4,530 votes for the People’s Choice and over 3,350 for the Employee of the Year! Thank you to each person who took the time to cast their vote.”

Co-director, Dave Clarkson added: “We would like to thank all our sponsors, judges and the events team for their incredible support that made this fantastic event possible – and also a big thank you to all those who entered the awards this year.”

Jacqui Jackson from Thomas Jardine & Co and 2020 North West Awards Chair of Judges said: “The number and quality of applications from across the North West have been outstanding. The businesses are clearly proud to be family businesses, and the detail in many of the entries has demonstrated that they are very progressive and innovative.”

Sue added: “We look forward to sharing more details of our 2021 awards being held on March 5.”


Winners of The North West Family Business Awards 2020 are:


Winners of The North West Family Business Awards 2020 are:

Business & Community:  Stan Sherlock Associates Ltd

Property & Construction: Story Decorating Group Ltd

Emerging Family Business: The Milking Parlour

Food and Drink Establishments: Atkinsons Coffee Roasters – J Atkinson & Co

Food and Drink Producers: Butlers Farmhouse Cheeses

Wholesalers: Dunsters Farm Ltd

Retailers: Bluebell Fitted Furniture

Large Manufacturing & Engineering: George Cox & Sons Ltd

Small Manufacturing & Engineering: First Trace Heating Direct Ltd

Transport & Logistics: Spencer Graham Coaches Ltd

Large Leisure & Tourism: Partington’s Holiday Centres

Small  leisure & Tourism: Upfront Arts Venue

Science & Technology: Kendal Nutricare


People’s Choice:

Cumbria: – Penningtons Tea & Coffee and Choose Occupational Health were joint winners, as there was a tie breaker in the scores

Lancashire: Pendle Doors Ltd

Cheshire: Compassionate Care

Merseyside: JJ Smith & Co (woodworking machinery) Ltd

Greater Manchester: Direct 2 Florist


Non-Family Leader:  Marnie Millard OBE of Nichols PLC

Judges Award:  JJ Smith & Co Woodworking Machinery Ltd

Employee of the Year: Mark Porter of Higginsons of Grange

North West Family Business of the Year: Partington’s Holiday Centres

North West Family Business Awards – bringing communities together with the regions Community Foundations

Across the North West of England, Community Foundations are working to improve the lives of people in their communities – and the inaugural North West Family Business Awards will be bringing together for the first time these organisations tomorrow (Friday 6 March) to celebrate and raise awareness of their work.

Representatives of Cumbria, Cheshire, Merseyside and Lancashire’s Community Foundations will be attending the Family Business Awards ceremony which will highlight how companies and individuals can get involved to support their communities.


Community Foundations are shaped by a strong belief that it is only by local people working together, making the most of their skills and assets and encouraging local philanthropy that help communities thrive. Philanthropy supports community foundations to deliver hundreds of projects that bring people from all backgrounds together in communities to find ways to make life better.


The first community foundation was established in Cleveland, America in 1914 by a banker and lawyer, Frederick H. Goff, who aimed to pool charitable resources in his county for the: “mental, moral, and physical improvement of the inhabitants of Cleveland.”


And this philosophy is at the heart of the Community Foundations in the North West – bringing together those who want to improve the lives of people living in their county.


Chief Executive of Cheshire Community Foundation, Zoe Sheppard said: “Giving back to our local communities brings both joy and reward.


“It is our mission to ensure that the money we receive from our donors is directed towards making the biggest difference to people’s lives.


“We aim to make the people of Cheshire and Warrington sit up and take notice of what is happening right on their doorstep. We connect the people who want to give back with the most effective grassroots charities and not-for-profit organisations, directly helping those most in need, whilst enabling our donors to feel proud that they’ve made a real difference.”


The work of the foundations is helping to grow stronger communities together.


Chief Executive of Lancashire and Merseyside Community Foundations, Rae Brooke said: “We help individuals, families, companies, charitable trusts, public sector bodies and organisations such as Comic Relief, and the Big Lottery Fund. We enable them to connect, support and invest in our communities, through charitable giving.


“We provide sound management, due diligence and administrative support services to make charitable giving easy, tax-efficient and robust.


“Our ultimate vision is to drive as much investment as we can into the voluntary and community sector to enrich the lives of people and grow stronger communities together.”


Community Foundations provide the structure and support to help businesses make a real difference in their communities.


Cumbria Community Foundation celebrated its 20th anniversary last year, connecting people who care with causes that matter in the county. Chief Executive Andy Beeforth said: “We offer a practical alternative, making charitable giving to local causes stress-free, easy and enjoyable for clients, whether the amounts they set aside are large or relatively modest.


“Your values are at the core of your business and you look after your employees and customers well, but there are other ways in which you can improve your corporate social responsibility to benefit the whole community.”


Founder and Co-Director of the North West Family Business Award, Sue Howorth and also a Trustee of  Cumbria Community Foundation said: “We feel it is important to give back to our communities. “With so many family businesses coming together for our inaugural North West Awards, we felt it was the perfect opportunity to celebrate and raise awareness of how your family business can get involved with their local community foundation.


“We are delighted to be able to bring together the Community Foundations from across the North West for this special evening.”


Co-Director of the North West Family Business Awards, Dave Clarkson added: “Family businesses, by their nature, have strong roots in their communities. Community Foundations offer an opportunity for owners to use their skills and connections to help change the lives of local people for the better.”


The North West Family Business Awards take place tomorrow (Friday, March 6), at the Concorde Hangar at Manchester Airport’s Runway Visitor Centre, with host, food writer and presenter Nigel Barden. Tickets for event which includes a three-course dinner and entertainment are available via this link: 


You can follow the awards on social media with the hashtags #NWFBA2020 and #WeAreNorthWest.

A special thanks to Sheenah Alcock for her hard work on the putting the video together.


For more information about the North West Family Business Awards and 2020 finalists visit:

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