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Vote for Arden in the Family Business of the Year Awards

Posted on: Monday, February 5th, 2024

The Arden Group is in the running for a prestigious award after being named as a finalist in the Family Business of the Year Awards.

We’ve been shortlisted in the People’s Choice category, and it’s up to the public to vote for their winner.

Organised by Family Business United (FBU), the awards celebrate the achievements of family business across the UK from all industries and sectors.

At Arden, we’re proud to be a family business – first established in 1964 by brothers Frank and Philip Poynter from the cellar of their family home in Stockport when the pair set up shop making dies with just one saw and a workbench.

This year is an extra special year for Arden as we celebrate 60 years in business, and we’re still in the same family ownership – which has now reached its third generation.

Sarah Poynter, our Operations Manager, is the granddaughter of our founder Frank Poynter. She said: “What a great start to our 60th year in business. The Arden Group is built on strong family values – and family is at the heart of how we operate. Not only is Arden a family-owned business, but we have worked with generations of other families – siblings, sons, daughters – providing not only a workplace, but an extended family, so it’s a real honour to be recognised in these awards during what is a very special anniversary year for Arden.

“From the Stockport cellar where it all began 60 years ago, to the global organisation we are today is an achievement we are rightly proud of, and be named as a finalist in these awards is testament to the hard work of every single person who has played their part in the Arden story.”

Paul Andrews, Founder and CEO of Family Business United who organise the National Family Business of the Year Awards, added: “Family firms are the backbone of the UK economy and contribute significantly in so many ways.  Family firms deserve all the recognition they can get for all the good that they do in terms of employment, income generation and wealth creation, not forgetting their continued charitable endeavours and investment in the communities in which they operate. 

“These awards are now in their twelfth year and each year they have raised the profile of the sector, crowned some incredible winners and discovered some true family business gems along the way.  Winners over the years have come from all corners of the UK, been large and small, multi-generational and starting out on their journey but above all they share their underlying values, purpose and desire to succeed as a family firm.  All of those shortlisted deserve their moment in the spotlight and we look forward to crowning the winners in the summer.”

Vote for Arden

Voting for the People’s Choice Award is open now and closes on March 31. Arden has been shortlisted in the regional North and Northern Ireland category, and you can cast your vote here.

The results will be announced at the National Family Business of the Year Awards 2024 in London in June.

You can read more about the history Arden and where it all began here.