9th June 2016

Delighted to be Runners Up in two categories …

We are delighted to announce that we were runners up in the Family Business of the Year Award for 2016 in both the London & South East region and the Food & Drink category.

As Paul Andrews, Founder and Managing Director of Family Business United (‘FBU’) explains, “We were delighted to pull together such a vibrant bunch of family businesses for the 2016 awards, 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.”

“Tims Dairy are a great family business, currently in the hands of four brothers who are both sons and nephews of the respective founders of the business.  Strong Greek Cypriot roots and a proud heritage are at the heart of this family firm who clearly have a passion for their products and are constantly looking to develop new products and opportunities whilst maintaining taste, quality and provenance of their ingredients and products.”

“The judges were impressed with the long term view that the business has taken since its inception with their father and uncle creating the business in the aftermath of World War II when they arrived in the UK.  Family has helped the business grow with family members in key positions driving the business forward and the family aspect of this business is clear for all to see, on the website, on the packaging and throughout their communications. Tims Dairy were up against some great family firms and thoroughly deserved the runners-up spot in both categories.  A great business that deserves their moment in the spotlight and we are sure we are going to hear more from them in the years to come.”

Chris Timotheou, our Managing Director of Tims Dairy added “our family and heritage have always been important to us.  We love the fact that these awards honour the role of family in business and were delighted to be recognised too.  All four brothers are in the office early every day and are very much hands-on in the running of the business, supported by a great team of loyal staff too.  This award is recognition of who we are and what we do and we are delighted to have been involved with awards that resonate with the fact that we are a family firm, with family values at the heart of all that we do.”

The Family Business of the Year Awards are organised by FBU, the award-winning magazine and resource centre the champions and celebrates the family business sector.  Now in their fourth year, these awards 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.  Both the London & South East and Food & Drink awards were won by Sussex based family firm, Ridgeview.

Open to family firms of all generations, sizes and sectors, these awards really do recognise some outstanding family firms and really help to put family businesses on the map. Judged by a panel of experts from the world of family business advising together with a group of family business representatives, the awards are well respected and sought after accolades.


The awards process concluded at a Gala Reception and awards ceremony that took place in London at the prestigious May Fair Hotel in London on June 2 where all the winners were crowned.

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