Matthew Lymn, managing director of A. W. Lymn The Family Funeral Service, has been named as a finalist in the Next Generation Family Business Leader of the Midlands Family Business Awards.
The awards are the UK’s only independent, not-for-profit annual awards showcase for family businesses in the Midlands.
The fifth generation funeral director will now meet with the Awards’ independent judging panel, which is led by a leading family business individual, supported by a sponsor representative, an industry expert, and representative from the Midlands Family Business Awards team.
The company is also automatically entered into the People’s Choice Award, sponsored by Streets Chartered Accountants. The Winner and Highly Commended of this award are decided solely by the number of votes from the public, and votes can be made online at www.familybusinessawards.co.uk from 1 to 31 October 2019.
Commenting on being named a finalist in the Awards, Lymn said: “It came as a bit of a shock to be nominated and short listed, but it is a real honour. I have, what I believe is the most rewarding job in the world and it is not simply running the business but helping the 3,500 families that are served annually by A. W. Lymn The Family Funeral Service”.
Now in its 10th anniversary year, the not-for-profit Midlands Family Business Awards are backed and run by The Wilson Organisation.
The firm’s MD, Charlotte Perkins, said: “The Awards are the Midlands’ only independent initiative to recognise the work, success, innovations and achievements of family businesses. Family businesses are the backbone of the British economy, with two in every three of UK businesses being family owned. They generate over a quarter of UK GDP and employ around 12.2 million.
“Having launched the awards back in 2010, our aim has always been to shine a light on the region’s talented and successful family businesses and to play our part in creating a community of like-minded and supportive individuals.”
She added: “The awards have grown year on year and I think that is testament to the volume and calibre of brilliant firms in our region, and the fact that family businesses embrace celebrating their own success and that of others.
“Each of this year’s entrants demonstrate the exceptional pedigree of the family businesses in the Midlands and the sector’s vital contribution to the region’s economy. We wish Matthew and all this year’s finalists the very best when they meet the judges in the final round.”