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Family Business of the Year 2017 shortlisting

Family Business of the Year 2017 shortlisting

Published: 12 January 2017

We are delighted to announce that we have been shortlisted for the South and South West Family Business of the Year 2017 Award.  Please cast your vote here.

Hotel shortlisted for Family Business of the Year

The New Year is off to a great start for the Moorland Garden Hotel near Yelverton in Devon, which has been shortlisted for the Family Business of the Year Awards 2017.

Owned by West Country business entrepreneurs Brian and Sonia Meaden, the hotel has been garnering awards and accolades since the couple took over the property in 2011. Keeping it in the family, the Meadens are joined on the board of directors by daughter Cass Stainton. Now in their fifth year, the Family Business of the Year awards run by Family Business United magazine recognise the diversity, strength and depth of family firms across the UK and seek to highlight the contribution that family firms make to the UK economy.

The Moorland Garden Hotel will be competing against 12 other family businesses in the South and South West. The results are to be determined through a combination of a judging panel and an online vote with all shortlisted firms in all of the regions eligible for the People’s Choice Award that is determined solely by public vote. The awards process concludes at a Gala Reception and awards ceremony that takes place in London at the prestigious May Fair Hotel on 8 June.

Responding to the news, owner Brian Meaden said: “It’s fantastic to have made the shortlist for our region.  It speaks volumes about the dedication of our large and extended family here at the Moorland Garden Hotel. Many of the staff have been here for years and we count each and every one of them as part of this success.”

The Family Business of the Year Awards are organised by Family Business United, the award-winning magazine and resource centre.  Paul Andrews, Founder and Managing Director of Family Business United, said, "We are delighted to be able to pull together such a vibrant bunch of family businesses, some that have succeeded for numerous generations and continue to thrive, and others that are relatively young but have great values at the heart of what they do."

In total, 114 family businesses across the UK are in with a chance of winning one of the awards, and one firm will take the title of Supreme Champions 2017. 

In October last year the Moorland Garden Hotel retained its four AA stars for a second year running, and was recently voted the purveyor of the Best Cream Tea in the South West by the Cream Tea Club.


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