Female owned Stockport business, Evans Excavation, has received recognition from retail entrepreneur and Dragons’ Den investor Theo Paphitis and is using the opportunity to highlight challenges for women in the construction industry.
Evans Excavation was one of six weekly winners of Theo Paphitis’ long-running social media campaign supporting small businesses across the UK.
Pamela Evans, owner of Evans Excavation, will have the opportunity to meet Theo Paphitis to receive her Small Business Sunday (#SBS) award at an event in Birmingham on 28th February.
Pamela is using the award to highlight some of the challenges women face in the construction industry. She hopes to change assumptions in the industry and by telling the story of her own journey, hopes to highlight some of the changes that are needed in order for more women to feel they can have a career in construction. She said:
When I got my operator’s licence, I was the youngest person in the country to do so and the first female in the North West. Since starting my own business, I have really had to battle to establish myself and the reputation of my business in an industry where women can find it difficult to fit-in, particularly on-site. I was always told I couldn’t do a man’s job, so I made it my job. It is great to have support from Theo and equally that he has recognised my hard work and helped spread the word about what we do to his following.”
The award is also helping to raise the profile for the female owned excavation business, and as part of the award will receive a profile on the #SBS website.