Family-run Midlands business General Building Plastics has been crowned ‘Britain’s Best Small Business’ in the Red Ribbon Awards.

The supplier of PVC building products to the trade and DIY sectors was founded in 1990 by Janet Sutherland, who continues to work in the business alongside her son Alan and eldest daughter Wendy Hill - both company directors - and youngest daughter Clare Falls.

The Red Ribbon Awards gala dinner and awards ceremony was hosted at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London on Friday 10 July. 

The Awards celebrate, recognise and honour the achievements of British family-run and -owned firms. GB Plastics was one of 11 family firms crowned outright award winners.

Wendy Hill said: “We are all thrilled to have won, an achievement and accolade that feels so significant in the year we are celebrating our silver anniversary and 25 years of business. Being amongst such esteemed and successful family firms tonight is a privilege.

“In very many ways the Award feels like a massive recognition of all the hard work over the years, for my family and each and every one of our incredible team.”

Family Business Place hosts the awards, and its director, Amalia Brightley-Gillott, said: “Family businesses are the lifeblood of the British economy and the beating heart of our local communities, employing one in three people. Despite their impressive contribution they are often modest and shy about publicising their achievements.”

Award judges said the company “completely symbolises what a small family business should be”.

”They struck the judges as a stable company; one that knows where it is going and which has a solid and well thought-out business plan for guidance.

“This structured approach alongside a hunger for growth and passion to see the business succeed has resulted in a true gem of a family business which is admired by its customers, its community and its employees alike.”

GB Plastics has its head office in Rugeley, Staffordshire, and trade counters across the Midlands.

Image (l-r): Matthew Wedderkopp, Clare Falls, Wendy Hill, Alan Sutherland, Janet Sutherland