Awesome achievements & accolades



Only a week into 2018, and with 12 family business leaders listed in Her Majesty’s New Year Honours, it looks like the year is already off to a great start for our community!

The Queen’s Honours give national and global recognition to extraordinary people- and with two CBEs and ten OBEs (as well as a knighthood for Sir John Timpson late last year), we are absolutely delighted to see so many family businesses receiving the ultimate commendation for their contributions. Be they in service to the economy, best in class, innovation, philanthropy, community service; it proves just how hugely diverse the potential of family businesses can be- and how ‘the backbone of the UK economy’ is a title well-earned!

These achievements are the highest accolades in the land. You can nominate anyone but yourself, if you feel that they have made a difference to their community for the better, achieved something great, innovated within their field, improved quality of life for those less able, and more. The nominations must pass through a committee and the Prime Minister before submission to the Queen. To be mentioned is no mean feat, and I raise a glass to all who have excelled and rewarded publicly for their efforts.

What I think is lovely about the Queen’s Honours Lists is that they favour good values- and these extraordinary people are bound by the common values that can be found in the DNA of any family business. Honest-to-goodness people contributing to their communities, providing quality products and services, giving back, innovating in their industries- these values are what make a family business; and for that reason it is my sincere hope to see even more family business stars listed next year!

1. Timothy Rix of J.R. Rix & Sons
Awarded CBE for services to the economy and regeneration in the Humber region.

2. Rick Stein of The Seafood Restaurant
Awarded CBE for services to the economy.

3. Jarnail Singh Athwal of Premier Decorations
Awarded OBE for services to business and charity.

4. Robert Dobson of Dunbia
Awarded OBE for services to economic development in Northern Ireland.

5. John McGregor of Contamac
Awarded OBE for services to international trade and innovation in polymer technology.

6. Victoria Miro of Miro Gallery
Awarded OBE for services to art.

7. Alison Sellar of activpayroll
Awarded OBE for services to business in Scotland and abroad.

8. Colin Squire of Squire’s Garden Centres
Awarded OBE for services to the horticultural industry and to charity.

9. Jill Dudley-Tool of Frank Dudley Ltd
Awarded MBE for services to business and the community in Birmingham.

10. Susan Hallam of Hallam Internet
Awarded MBE for services to entrepreneurship and innovation.

11. Deborah Heald of Heald Ltd
Awarded MBE for services to exports and promotion of STEM careers for women.

12. Ronald Knight of Knights Farm Machinery
Awarded MBE for services to agricultural engineer entrepreneurship and charitable fundraising.