Forward Ladies top award goes to…

A BOOKKEEPER who went to work for a tool reclamation business and then bought the company has been crowned “Business Woman of the Year” in the 2014 Forward Ladies Women in Business Awards.

Anne Wilson – now managing director of Sheffield-based Numill – received a hand blown glass bowl at the awards ceremony held at the Queens Hotel, in Leeds, last Friday. The company helps engineering companies reduce costs, maintain functionality and fulfil eco targets through tool reclamation and repair.

Its exports have grown from 19% to 50% and have been crucial to its success during the downturn. She worked through managerial change and returned to the classroom to gain qualifications in accounting, before gaining a management degree and then post-graduate qualifications.

For her dissertation, she planned the theory of a management buy-out, which she went on to make a reality. Anne was presented with her award by Debra White, regional director for small businesses at HSBC which was the awards’ headline sponsor.

Debra White said: “The winner is a truly inspirational woman, and embodies what the Forward Ladies Women in Business Awards are all about.

“Anne has taken her business to the next level, which is particularly significant since the company faced exceptionally difficult trading during what was a catastrophic economic period.

“Yet she has more than doubled exports by building new international markets and launching an apprentice scheme to allow the skilled, but ageing workforce, to pass on their invaluable knowledge to the next generation, ensuring the continued survival and sustainability of the company.”

Anne was also the winner of the SME Business Woman of the Year category, sponsored by Sagars, and shortlisted in the international category.

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