At an Institute of Directors award ceremony held in the new Edgbaston Stadium, Kirsty Davies Chinnock, Managing Director of Professional Polishing Services, won the West Midlands Family Business Director of the Year Award. The judging panel were impressed by her passion for the future and conviction that UK manufacturing and SMEs as a whole are essential to growth within the UK. The judges termed her an ‘Ambassador for Manufacturing’ and Kirsty further stressed her support for this sector:

“I believe a pro-manufacturing strategy needs to be created in line with further encouragement of SME’s. SME’s have a unique perspective when it comes to being a successful business; well-managed, they are the life blood of the UK.”

In the headlines a few years ago when she sharply criticised Birmingham’s Chamber of Commerce for its promotion of out-sourcing – and resigned – she added:

“On a personal level I want to show that there are many managing directors working for the benefit of the company – and the employees –rather than themselves. We take our responsibility as an employer seriously and do everything we can to create sustainable employment.”

Kirsty will go forward to the National Competition in London in October 2012.