Double success a shock for electrician Mandy

Female Electrician Mandy Reynolds from Totley in Sheffield winner of the Which? Local Business of the Year for Yorkshire and Humberside''18 June 2013'Image � Paul David Drabble'www.pauldaviddrabble.co.uk
Female Electrician Mandy Reynolds from Totley in Sheffield winner of the Which? Local Business of the Year for Yorkshire and Humberside''18 June 2013'Image � Paul David Drabble'www.pauldaviddrabble.co.uk
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Electrician Mandy Reynolds is a bit of a bright spark – she’s just won a top business award for the second time in three years.

The 55-year-old, from Heeley, has been named the region’s best local trader by website Which? Local – based on feedback from her customers.

She won the same accolade in 2011 and went on then to win the national title of Business of the Year.

Mandy said: “I was gobsmacked to win two years ago and I am utterly thrilled to have won again. I have some wonderful customers, who have taken their time to review my business on the website, so it is they I have to thank.”

Mandy is one of a select few – it’s estimated that less than one per cent of electricians in the UK are women.

“Women are smart – they’ll choose a career at which they can really succeed,” she said.

“And this is a very physical job, you have to lift floorboards and shift stones, so that is an issue – you do need to keep fit. But I don’t think there’s discrimination at work here.

“After all if a client doesn’t want to employ a woman then they don’t ring you in the first place – so there’s no way of knowing if I’d be more successful if I was a man.

“I think I do bring female attributes to the job. We tend to be painstaking, tidier and we show empathy with the customer. And I do get a lot of repeat business.”

Mandy set up her company Mand Made in 2006 after quitting a career in the financial services industry.

She found a base at an electrical and hardware shop in Totley, which is run by her husband Paul.

“I had no experience, not even remotely, but I wanted to find a service that would always be in demand, perhaps something to do with homes. Passing the exams only takes a couple of months – it’s then about getting known through word of mouth.”

Mandy’s business was still in its infancy when the recession struck in 2008.

“In a way I’ve never known anything but tough times and I’ve still managed to make a go of it. I do enjoy being my own boss and building the company, and I now have a young woman who is doing her training with me,” Mandy said.

“There’s a different sort of stress to that which I experienced before, but now I’m doing it for me, not for someone else where the best I could hope for was a bonus. Now it’s all about seeing the business flourish.”