kirsty may award At the International Convention Centre on Wednesday November 26th, Paul Brown from Ernst and Young presented the NatWest Venus Award to Kirsty Davies-Chinnock, Managing Director of Professional Polishing, based in Smethwick.

She was one of a thousand nominated for this award by people in the West Midlands.

Formally known as the Venus Awards, this programme was set up in 2009 to recognise, reward and celebrate local working women in eight regions: Dorset, Southampton, Devon, Brighton, Bristol, Portsmouth, Oxford and Birmingham.

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Paul Brown from Ernst and Young praised Kirsty’s leadership and dedication and the ambition of the company. She used her acceptance speech to further the cause of engineering and manufacturing as a career choice for young people (see video).


Opening with, “Us metal-bashers don’t often get much credit”, Kirsty – a ‘traditional manufacturer’ – urged those listening to encourage their young relatives and friends to enter manufacturing, engineering and “any kind of industry with a base in the UK”. She recalled that 20 years ago manufacturers were being called dinosaurs, and added triumphantly:

“We’re still here, we’re still alive and we’re still manufacturing!”

Visit PPS via their website’s interesting video as Kirsty takes viewers around the factory.