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15 July 2015

Family firms crowned winners

On Friday 10 July 2015, over 300 family business guests descended upon Shakespeare’s Globe in London for the sixth annual Red Ribbon Awards, which celebrate the achievements of Britain’s finest family-run businesses.

After months of searching, interviewing and filming, 11 family firms were crowned the winners of the UK’s most prestigious family business accolade. With over 3 million family firms in the UK as well as hundreds of entries for the Awards, the winners had to be exceptional.

Family firm, Riccall Care were crowned winner of the Charles Russell Speechlys ‘Family Factor’ award. Charles Russell Speechlys Partner Sally Ashford, who was one of the judges, commented: “The sector that they compete within is a challenging one and has received such bad press over the last few years. "It is great to see that such high standards of care do exist and are thriving and that they can also be profitable businesses providing employment and investment in the local community. "Secondly, the family dynamics and strengths in supporting one another in the business really come across in everything they do. In the eyes of the judges, they definitely have the ‘family factor’!”

Hosted by Family Business Place, the awards seek to recognise and honour some of the most exciting, innovative and longstanding family businesses around the UK. From 200 year old cheese makers in Yorkshire to second generation perfumers in London and sibling start-ups in Devon, the awards have become one of the most sough-after accolades in business.

Amalia Brightley-Gillott, Director of Family Business Place said: “Family businesses are the lifeblood of the British economy and the beating heart of our local communities, employing 1 in 3 people. "Despite their impressive contribution they are often modest and shy about publicising their achievements, and so we founded the Red Ribbon Awards. "This year’s winners are a treasure trove of incredible companies who all excel in their field and are true beacons of British commerce. ”

To find out more about the Red Ribbon Awards and see a full list of winners visit the Family Business Place website.