The best family businesses in Devon and Cornwall


As sponsored by PKF Francis Clark, three family-oriented businesses with the best success stories are nominated for the Family Business of the Year award. The award ceremonies will take place on the 22nd of November at Crowne Plaza, where a winner will be chosen.

Here’s what you need to know about the three nominees:

Celtic & Co. Ltd

Celtic & Co. (formerly known as Celtic Sheepskin Ltd) was founded by the couple Nick and Kath Whitworth, in 1990. They bought back the firm from administration after an unsuccessful partnership with a private equity firm. It has been three years since then and they are enjoying record sales and the launch of websites for the USA, Canada, and Australia.

Devon Contract Waste

Simon Almond established the firm in 1989 with £400 capital. DCW provides environmentally sustainable commercial waste solutions that divert more than 30,000 tonnes of waste from landfill each year. It has become a leading independent provider of environmentally sustainable and cost-effective commercial waste solutions. After a fire crisis in 2017, it managed to retain all customers and provide uninterrupted service, closing with a 75% growth in net profit for the year.


Microtest has been in business for over 30 years, providing clinical systems that enable healthcare providers deliver the best services and care for patients. It is one of the top four software suppliers for GP Surgeries in the NHS. Microtest was named IT Provider of the Year in the national General Practice Awards 2017-2018. In spring 2018, Microtest became one of only two clinical IT providers appointed by NHS Wales.


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