Thursday, September 11, 2014

News: Kenny named Private Business Woman of the Year

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Julie Kenny CBE DL, chair and chief executive of growing Rotherham business, Pyronix Limited, has been named as the Private Business Woman of the Year.

The Private Business Awards, sponsored by PwC in association with HSBC Private Bank and Numis Securities Limited, celebrate the best in the private sector and highlights the achievements of individuals and companies.

At an awards ceremony at the Guildhall in London, the event recognises the importance of private companies to the UK economy and is attended by CEOs and entrepreneurs from around the country. Kenny was announced as the winner of the prestigious title after making the shortlist with five other business women.

Based in Hellaby, Pyronix is an award-winning manufacturer with an extensive range of electronic security equipment for intruder alarms. Kenny is the major shareholder.

Manufacturing security equipment including control panels, detectors and external sounds, the firm has grown 15% every year since 2010 and is now on course to top £22m of annual sales, 50% of which is in international markets. Already the number one volume manufacturer in the UK, the Rotherham site is being extended as additional space for assembly and fabrication has been identified to meet future demands. More of the high end manufacturing is being brought back from China.

No stranger to awards, Julie was named Vitalise Business Woman of the Year in 2013. The Private Business Award judges said that they were looking for a woman "who's played an integral part in building a company. She might have founded it, driven the growth of the company, helped it to focus on customers or created opportunities for other people. She is a forward-thinker and a strong role model for other women in her industry or wider."

After the event, Julie said: "I am absolutely thrilled to win this award, especially being up against such strong competition from pioneering and inspiring women at the forefront of their respective industries. Being recognised by the private business community in this way for the work I do at Pyronix and also in the wider community is something that I greatly appreciate."

Fellow Rotherham firm, AES Engineering Ltd, parent to the AESSEAL Group, was named on the shortlist in the Private Business of the Year category but missed out on the night to FoundOcean.

Pyronix website

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