Press Release: Bonningtons Sponsor the Family Business of the Year Award 2016, won by Nottingham's John Pye Auctions

Nottingham auctioneer and second generation family firm John Pye Auctions has taken the top prize in the region’s flagship Awards for family businesses, to be crowned the Midlands Family Business of 2016.

Founded in 1968 and with an extensive network of salesrooms, offices and auction showrooms across the UK, John Pye Auctions was announced as the Midlands Family Business of the Year last night (Thursday 17th November 2016) at a prestigious black tie Ceremony and Dinner at Birmingham’s Great Hall.

John Pye Auctions began life forty-years ago when John Pye began probate property clearances that no other auctioneers in Nottingham wanted. Today, the family business has over 200 employees nationwide and operates across the Midlands in Derby, Birmingham and Nottingham, as well as in London, Sheffield, Scotland and Wales.

The family business is no stranger to success in the Midlands Family Business Awards, having won the ‘Fastest Growing Family Business’ award two years ago, and has also picked-up a coveted Highly Commended award in the same category this year.

Now in their seventh year, The Midlands Family Business Awards are organised by Nottingham third generation family business, The Wilson Organisation. They are the only independent, not-for-profit initiative to recognise and celebrate the achievements of family businesses in the region.

This year’s ceremony was attended by 300 guests from the Awards’ fifty-one finalists, independent judges and sponsors, including headline sponsor Bonningtons, whose Managing Director, Ian Fisher, won Director of the Year at last year's ceremony.

For Ian, the decision for Bonningtons to sponsor the awards was an easy one to make. "Bonningons has and will always remain a family business and as such those family values are at the core of what we do.  We are committed to boosting the local economy and giving back to the community in which we operate, and through sponsoring the Midland Family Business Awards we can help recognise the great business talent operating across the Midlands".

The full line-up of Winners and Highly Commended in the eleven categories for 2016 can be found at

Wilsons’ MD Charlotte Perkins, the third generation of the family to lead the business alongside her sister Annabel Prow, said: “The Awards are the region's only independent initiative to recognise the work and achievements of family businesses.  This year’s entries demonstrate the exceptional pedigree of the Midlands’ family businesses, and all the winners and finalists together prove the family business sector’s vitality and significant contribution to the region’s economy.”

The Awards are the only independent not-for-profit Awards for family businesses in the Midlands. Their organiser The Wilson Organisation provides innovative insurance and financial solutions to businesses and individuals both regionally and nationally. For more information, visit:, or Tel: 0115 942 0111.

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