Adcock win Family Business of the Year award!

Adcock Refrigeration and Air Conditioning are thrilled to announce that we have won the prestigious title of East & East Anglia Family Business of the Year Award for 2016.

Adcock was founded by John Adcock, the father-in-law of the current Chairman, Phillip Prior who accepted the award at a Gala Reception and awards ceremony that took place in London at the prestigious May Fair Hotel in London on 2nd June.


The judges were impressed with the long term view that the business has taken since its inception, the company's response to changing market conditions, strong family values and dedication to the people in the business, many with long service and others benefitting from the in-house training academy.  Pioneering values led to the creation of the business in 1964 and they have continued through to the present day. Our innovative, forward thinking and customer service has always been essential to the way we operate and as a business we have continued to grow and invest in our development.


As Paul Andrews, Founder and Managing Director of Family Business United (‘FBU’) explains, "We were delighted to pull together such a vibrant group 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.  Adcock represent a great British family firm  that truly deserve all the plaudits that winning this award brings."


Jolyon Berry, Employment Law Partner from Birketts, who presented this award added “We were delighted to sponsor the East and East Anglia Family Business of the Year Award and Adcock Refrigeration were worthy winners from a strong field.  It is a great business that goes the extra mile for customer service, recognising the importance of exceeding expectations wherever possible.  Adcock are aware of their past and where they have come from but have strong leadership to keep them on track as they move to the next stage in their journey as a family firm.  Strong values, motivated people and a good heritage pave the way for the future and we look forward to hearing more from them in the generations to come”


Phillip Prior, Chairman, Adcock Refrigeration and Air Conditioning added, “We are both delighted and proud to have won this prestigious award, especially as we were up against a number of household names in our area. Family businesses are the backbone of the UK economy and Family Business United should also be congratulated on the work they do to support this vital sector".


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. 


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.