National IoD Award for Steve Parfett

Steve Parfett, chairman of Parfetts Cash amp; Carry, has won the Family Business Director of the Year Award from the Institute of Directors (IoD).

The awards, which are open to both members and non-members, celebrate directors at the forefront of leadership excellence across the best British businesses.
Steve was invited to enter the national event following his IoD North West award in autumn 2013. The winners were announced at a lunch at the Lancaster London Hotel on Friday 24th October attended by some 400 directors and presided over by Michael Portillo.
Founded in 1980, Parfetts is an employee-owned wholesaler with Steve successfully building up the family company over 28 years. Today, it has six sites, 541 employees and £309m turnover. In 2008, as part of a succession and sustainability plan, he oversaw the transition from family to employee ownership. He is currently a director of the Employee Ownership Association and sits on the Federation of Wholesale Distributors Council.
Steve told Wholesale News this week: “It’s great to see that the adoption of employee ownership is being increasingly recognised and encouraged as a viable alternative to traditional business models.  It was a privilege to attend the awards event and to hear so many interesting and positive stories from such an array of businesses.
“I was thrilled to get an IoD North West award and to win the Family Business Director of the Year award is testimony to all the hard work of friends and colleagues at Parfetts which will ensure that the business continues to be successful.”
56-year-old Steve is married with four children. He graduated in mathematics from the University of York and started his career as a graduate trainee with Waitrose before founding A G Parfett amp; Sons Ltd with his father, Alan, in 1980.

Pictured are: Ross Dingwall (managing director, Hiscox), Steve Parfett amp; Michael Portillo


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