Sunday Times Seeks Opinion of Barnsley's Business Person of the Year

Lynne Darwin, Barnsley & Rotherham’s Chamber of Commerce’s Business Person of the Year and director of window manufacturer, Building Product Solutions was recently approached by the Sunday Times to give her verdict on the first budget under the new Conservative Government.

The article discusses the challenges which the new living wage will pose to smaller businesses. Lynne was interviewed alongside John Cridland, director general of the CBI who spoke about productivity and Tom Riordan, chief executive of Leeds City Council who gave his opinions on the Northern Powerhouse.

Speaking of how the new living wage would affect business at the Goldthorpe-based window factory, Lynne said: “The budget has created something of a dilemma, do we continue the heavy capital investment which has seen the company grown by 60% in the last 12 months or do we hold back in the knowledge that there will be a substantial increase in our wage bill?

“Our staff are extremely important and we’ve always tried to look after them. We promote internally where possible and after an administration apprentice successfully graduated into a fully-fledged member of the team, we’re looking to invest in more apprentices.

“We won’t deliberate for too long as we have to keep pace with the booming construction industry, so it’s important that whichever way we decide to go, the business keeps moving forward.”

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