Smith of Derby Ltd, scooped three awards at the national Family Business United – Family
Business of the Year Awards 2020, including the top award.

Family Business United celebrates family owned businesses across the UK, recognising the
contribution they make to the economy as well as the thousands of jobs they support.
In the ‘virtual’ awards ceremony held live across the internet, Smith of Derby were awarded Manufacturer of the Year, Regional Winners for the Midlands, and Supreme Champion – Family Business of the Year 2020.

For this Derby based company, in family ownership since its beginning in 1856, and now under the leadership of the 5th and 6th generation of the family, the evening was filled with
emotion.

A short film ‘Who We Are’, made by one of the 6th generation, can be found here.

It celebrates the life and times of this family company. It is a fitting tribute to its past leader for many decades, Mr Nicholas Smith. He was fondly known at the works as ‘Mr Nick’, following the Midlands manufacturing tradition. Nick died just over two years ago, having served the family company since childhood, and the awards are a fitting recognition of all of his hard work in bringing the company safely into the twenty first century.

In July of this year, one of the company clockmakers, Jon Lee, celebrates 50 years of
continuous service with the company, from school leaver to now. He is one of our most
experienced clockmakers. In addition to keeping hundreds of public clocks to time he helps
to coach an enthusiastic and growing band of talented young clockmakers as part of our
award winning apprentice programme.

Standing proud and together on the podium, alongside many incredible family businesses,
Smith of Derby is pleased to congratulate all the worthy winners and runners-up.
On winning this treble, Heather Whitworth, Mr Nick’s daughter, and a Director of the
company, said:

”This is such a special moment for the company. It is a fitting tribute to the whole team who have worked incredibly hard not just in 2020 but over the decades.

The team have worked tirelessly to maintain and develop the company, and to continue to cherish our customers and win new friends across the world. These awards are accepted on behalf of the whole team who deserve all the recognition and our thanks”