PEME joined BMW in sponsoring the 2015 First Women Awards and in a fantastic ceremony held in that there London, Barrie Robinson, not only joined the prestigious judging panel but also strode onto the stage to present the PEME sponsored Manufacturing Award.
Founded in 2005, the First Women Awards are focused on senior-level businesswomen and professionals and have become an influential industry event. This year’s ceremony, hosted by Clare Balding at London Marriott Hotel, Grosvenor Square, recognised and rewarded inspiring women across 13 different areas, including manufacturing, finance, engineering, media and retail.
PEME sponsored the First Women of Manufacturing award which was won by Sarah Brown of Pai Skincare. Sarah is shown with Barrie Robinson after receiving her award. Sarah said “I faced some seriously tough competition with seventy women shortlisted across fourteen categories, including the amazing Julie Deane OBE, founder and CEO of Cambridge Satchel Company. So, I was totally thrilled and overwhelmed when I won the award! For me, this is a particularly special award because there are so few accolades celebrating female entrepreneurs in manufacturing. I believe that manufacturing is actually one of the most creative things you can do – to physically create something from nothing. But it comes with its challenges – production can be difficult, especially as you have to scale-up, it requires a real commitment to the cause. For us at Pai Skincare, it’s a labour of love and to have that recognised is incredible!”
Barrie is an Associate Director with PEME and manages several engineering maintenance contracts in the UK. During 12 years with PEME Barrie has been instrumental in the Company’s growth and development. PEME has a comprehensive apprenticeship scheme and actively promotes equal opportunities in engineering. Several young male and female apprentices have been mentored by Barrie through to senior management positions.