Business women bid for top accolades

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Three female entrepreneurs from South Yorkshire battle this week to secure the most prestigious award for women in manufacturing in Yorkshire and the North East.

Julia Gash, Jane Robinson and Anne Wilson are among eight business women from the county who have reached the finals of the Barclays-Forward Ladies Women in Business Awards.

Julia Gash is the founder of eco-friendly bag manufacturer BIDBI and a previous Forward Ladies Award winner.

Her company turns over £1.3 million a year and exports to the US, Canada and Japan, among other places.

In addition to being shortlisted for the manufacturing award, Julia Gash is also in the finals of the SME and international awards.

Jane Robinson is a co-founder of Barnsley-based leading UK laser cutting and engraving company Cutting Technologies.

The firm uses some of the most technologically advanced equipment in the world to process materials that include metals, acrylics, wood, paper and textiles, tackling technically demanding and creative work.

Anne Wilson is managing director of Sheffield-based precision engineering company Numill.

She joined the company as a book keeper in 2000 and six years later staged a management buyout of the business, which makes and repairs and manufacture of cutting tools for the oil and gas, aerospace, automotive, rail and engineering industries.

Other South Yorkshire women on the awards short list include property specialist Teresa Galley, lawyer Alison Straw and marketing and events company founder Nicky Senior, from Doncaster; pet supplies and training specialist Lottie Bennett, from Sheffield and cyber security company chief Melanie Oldham from Barnsley.