In a stunning victory reminiscent of David and Goliath, Wilcox Limousines Ltd emerged triumphant against corporate giants Tesco, Open Reach, and Curry’s to clinch the coveted Headline Business Transformation Award at the 2023 BQF Annual Awards.
Celebrating its 75th year, Wilcox Limousines, a legacy business run by the granddaughter of its founders, has been an indomitable force in the funeral coachbuilding industry. From crafting the Queen’s hearse to facing down corporate behemoths, the company’s journey is nothing short of inspirational.
The not-for-profit BQF Annual Awards, organized by the Government-backed British Quality Foundation (BQF), reward excellence in business transformation. The BQF received a record number of applicants for the headline Transformational Award sponsored by The University of Strathclyde, who said “The nominees show how the application of learning within their organisations can have exponential impact and benefits”.
The judging processes began with a written and PowerPoint submission, then passionate employees from the Wilcox team explained the improving processes that have propelled the company from its humble beginnings to the grand milestone of celebrating its 75th anniversary.
The BQF Awards website reveals the remarkable journey, showcasing how this family-owned business disrupted the narrative. Managing Director Jade Wilcox-Webb has skilfully navigated the challenges of the modern business landscape, transforming Wilcox Limousines into a powerhouse of innovation and resilience.
Against all odds, we stood firm and prevailed
The award recognizes not only the company’s ability to adapt, but also its commitment to maintaining the highest standards of quality and service. Wilcox Limousines has proven that, even in an era dominated by corporate giants, a family-owned business can not only survive but thrive.
Jade commented: “Against all odds, we stood firm and prevailed. This victory is a testament to the unwavering dedication of our team and the enduring legacy of Wilcox Limousines. We are proud to be the torchbearers of a family tradition that spans 75 years and thrilled to be acknowledged by the BQF for our commitment to business transformation.”
Wilcox Limousines has not only weathered the storms of time but has come out stronger, proving that a small, family-run business can create waves in an industry dominated by giants. As a beacon of innovation and resilience, Wilcox Limousines continues to build on its storied legacy, setting new standards for excellence in the funeral coachbuilding sector.
MD Jade Wilcox-Webb (left) with Leila Wilcox (International Sales Director)