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Somerset Family Business of the Year

Somerset Family Business of the Year AwardWe’re delighted to be shortlisted for Best Family Business of the Year in the Western Gazette Business Awards.

Helliar and Son has been family owned and run for over 80 years. It was founded by Harry Helliar (grandfather of the current Managing Director, Garry) in 1932.

Garry Helliar is the third generation of the Helliar family to run the company, and it is still very much a family concern, with Garry’s wife, son and daughter all employed by us. Garry’s father Tony Helliar still has an involvement, despite retiring in 1990. Here he is, aged 83, trying out some of our new equipment 33 years after he cleaned the same property with wooden ladders!

We now employ over 100 people, and treat every member of staff as family, whether they are related to the Helliar family or not. This is reflected in our policy of promoting from within the company wherever possible, developing young staff, and taking staff out for meals to celebrate Christmas and other special occasions.

Here’s Garry presenting long-standing staff member Mark Evans with a bike for 25 years of service!

We’ve also been nominated for Best Business Website for our sister company, Helliar Pest Control. All the family is looking forward to finding out if we’ve won at the awards dinner on 15th June. Wish us luck!

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