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August 27, 2009

Chairman Robert Wilson tells Marc Smith how family-owned Nelsons has evolved from its 19th century roots into an award winning 21st century global business

When the Wilson brothers picked up the Coutts Prize for Family Business in June, there was naturally much jubilation and pride at having their efforts rewarded. But as camera flashlights lit up the room and champagne bottles were uncorked, it could not have been further away from the day, 37 years earlier, when the Wilsons took over Nelsons following the tragic plane crash which killed the last remaining descendants of the company's founding family.

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