As well as winning the national title, the family run business that specialises in providing technology solutions to the hospitality sector, also picked up the Scottish Family Business of the Year award.
Paul Andrews, Founder and Managing Director of Family Business United explained:
“Zonal is a fantastic family firm and is highly deserving of all the plaudits that winning this award brings.”
“What began as a simple EPoS solution to a problem of theft in a family run hotel almost 40 years ago has grown into a great business employing over 540 people, whilst managing to retain its family culture and heritage. The family is central to the way that the business operates and family values permeate the whole organisation.”
“Respect and caring as values shine through at every level, non-family have been promoted to senior management positions and there is a real culture of innovation and dynamism about the business too. Zonal is a great ambassador for the UK family business sector and a worthy winner of the Supreme Champion crown for 2018.”
There was a record number of 122 family firms from across the UK shortlisted for 33 awards and the winners were announced at a glittering ceremony at The May Fair Hotel in the heart of Mayfair, London.
Stewart Sanderson, Head of Private Clients at Seven Investment Management, sponsors of the award, added: “It is a privilege to support these awards and to find out more about the fantastic family firms that are the backbone of the UK economy. Selecting an overall winner is never an easy task and this year was no exception, but Zonal was a clear winner in the eyes of the judges.
“Zonal demonstrates clear family values and business governance, engages well with its employees and is truly innovative in the way that it approaches business. This is a remarkable family firm and a deserved winner of the title.”
Previous winners of the Supreme Champions award include HMG Paints, WTA Logistics, Potter Group and Bagnalls.
Zonal’s CEO, Stuart McLean, said of the award:
“I am so proud that we are the recipients of both awards and attribute our success to the fantastic team of people who make the wider Zonal family. My father, Ralph McLean, who founded Zonal almost 40 years would be incredibly proud of our achievements. This is for him too!”
Zonal’s head office is in Tanfield, Edinburgh and is the leading provider of integrated hospitality management solutions to over 16,000 leisure and hospitality businesses across the UK. For over 38 years, the company has been working closely with clients to enhance the customer experience through market leading technology, experienced people and a partnership approach to business.