Pidcock?s proud history recognised
GRAFTON timber company Big River Timbers has won a top award in the 2007 NSW and ACT Family Business of the Year awards. The company won first prize in the fourth generation and over category of the awards, run by the not-for-profit organisation Family Business Australia (FBA). Big River Timbers director Mary Lynne Pidcock said the win acknowledged what the family had achieved over the last 140 years. The company was established in the 1860s by Daniel Pidcock, but when he died of sunstroke at the age of 39 his wife Mary took over running the business. Ms Pidcock said she wanted to make known the large contribution her great-grandmother had made to the company. "She managed to retain the business and build it up while raising five children and I think that's wonderful," she said. NSW FBA chairman Terry Rowney said the company won the award because it had been successfully managed through generations to provide a legacy for the family. "The Pidcock family has passed the baton of sound business practices and principles from one generation to the next to ensure that they continue to prosper and adapt to changing markets," he said. The win gains the company entry into the national awards in August. "In the meantime, we're just delighted to have won in the state," Ms Pidcock said. "It's just wonderful that it's still a fully family-owned company."