Dearne businesswoman Lynne is ‘one of UK’s best’

Lynne Darwin.
Lynne Darwin.

A Dearne Valley entrepreneur, who set up a window fabrication business during the recession, has been named as one of the top 100 people working in manufacturing in the UK.

Lynne Darwin, director at Goldthorpe-based Building Product Solutions, was named in The Manufacturer’s Top 100 list of manufacturing role models.

The trade publication publishes its top 100 list every year with the aim of raising the profile of manufacturing, dispelling myths and showcasing the sector as vibrant, exciting, and creative.

Within the Top 100, 20 were given exemplar status because of their unique contribution to the industry - Lynne was one of the 20.

Lynne described the honour as one of the best achievements.

She said: “It’s a huge honour to be recognised among so many leading people in the manufacturing industry.

“I’ve worked in this sector from a young age and I’ve seen first-hand how rewarding it is to have a career in manufacturing.

“I’ve spoken previously about encouraging young people to consider careers in STEM and this achievement places me in the perfect position to continue to promote the industry.”

Lynne is no stranger to success as she was honoured with the ‘Business Person of the Year’ accolade at the Barnsley & Rotherham Business Awards last year.

From a standing start six years ago, Lynne has built the £3.5m turnover business which employs 56.

Building Product Solutions is currently operational on 142 development sites across the North of England.

It recently opened its own glass plant, bringing the entire fabrication process in-house, and is recording incredible growth.

The firm recently received a £79,000 grant from the Regional Growth Fund, which allowed them to go ahead with a new £300, 000 production line.

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