The day-to-day challenges that family businesses tend to face are diverse. Balancing the need to achieve commercial goals with the different viewpoints and sometimes complicated dynamics within families is no simple task, but when things go right, the results can be inspirational and highly rewarding.
Gloucestershire’s vibrant business community is built on success stories like these, and great family businesses within the county deserve to be recognised.
This is a view shared by ‘Family Business of the Year’ category sponsors Willans LLP solicitors, a law firm which has counted well-known family businesses among its clients for over seven decades. Advising generations upon generations of business owners, the firm provides them with commercially-minded legal support through every step of their individual journeys.
Head of Willans’ corporate & commercial team, Paul Symes-Thompson, commented: “Our lawyers help many Gloucestershire businesses large and small achieve their objectives through commercially-sound, tailored legal advice, and we take account of their individual journeys and unique hurdles. Family businesses never cease to inspire us; they not only propel the UK economy, they are also a vital ingredient in every thriving local business community.
“We are pleased to be supporting an award that recognises the talent, innovation and hard work behind the success of county family businesses. We look forward to presenting the award to the deserving winner this October”.
The ‘Family Business of the Year’ award is open to companies large and small across the county, in which founding families are still significantly involved. The judges will be considering factors such as the development of future leaders and how the business has managed to transition between generations.
Willans has called Gloucestershire its home since 1947 and has long enjoyed a solid reputation for its legal expertise, high-calibre yet approachable lawyers, and exceptional client care. The firm acts for commercial businesses, private individuals, charities and not-for-profit organisations based locally, nationally and internationally, from its offices on Imperial Square in Cheltenham. It is one of few firms in the county to be Lexcel-accredited, a Law Society national standard that is awarded only to solicitors who meet the highest levels of management and customer care. Willans is also consistently rated year-on-year by national legal guides which draw on client feedback.
Willans’ multi-disciplinary team spends all day, every day helping companies large and small with complex commercial, employment and property business decisions. For clear guidance and support, call 01242 514000 or visit www.willans.co.uk.