The family-owned and managed retailer was recognised at The National Family Business Awards 2018, held at London’s Wembley Stadium last Saturday (July 14), with family member and shareholder Rebecca Leeke representing the company.
Organised and hosted by Family Business Place, the Awards are dedicated to recognising the most outstanding family businesses across the UK and Ireland, from small local retailers to large manufacturing firms
Leekes Retail managing director Emma Leeke said: “We were totally delighted to have been announced as the regional winner for Wales at the National Family Business Awards. We were then absolutely thrilled when we discovered that we had been selected as the best of all the regional winners – and were then unveiled as the overall national award winner.
“It’s a great honour to have been recognised on a national level in our 120th year of trading against such strong competition, and we dedicate our award to the wider team at Leekes who we work alongside and who help make our business so special.”
Headquartered in South Wales, Leekes operates four home department stores in Bilston (West Midlands), Llantrisant (near Cardiff), Cross Hands (Carmarthenshire) and Melksham (Wiltshire)and has a builder’s merchant at Tonypandy in the Rhondda Valley.
Leekes also operates three concessions selling conservatories, orangeries, windows and doors at Wyevale Garden Centre outlets in Thornbury, Swindon and Hereford. In addition, the business acquired Bristol-based independent furniture specialist Park Furnishers, in 2016. The company also operates a fully transactional website at leekes.co.uk, a conservatory site at conservatories.leekes.co.uk and a kitchen site at kitchens.leekes.co.uk.
Family Business Place was founded in 2009 and bills itself as ‘Britain’s biggest, most vibrant community for family-owned businesses’. It is itself a family business, which aims to offer advice, support and guidance to other family businesses. As well as The National Family Business Awards , it hosts conferences, private lunches, growth clubs and forum events; publishes a magazine; and is active on social media.
Leekes family member and shareholder Rebecca Leeke receives The National Family Business Award