North Eastern Tyre and Exhausts puts women in the driving seat
Oct 26 2010 by Henryk Zientek, Huddersfield Daily Examiner
A COMPANY in a male-dominated industry is encouraging more women to take up management positions.
North Eastern Tyre and Exhausts, which has the HiQ Fast Fit franchise in Huddersfield, highlighted its efforts in light of the new Equality Act, which aims to redress the balance.
Figures from the Office for National Statistics, show that women are 10 times less likely than men to be employed in skilled trades, such as mechanical engineering and are also much less likely to be employed as managers and senior officials.
Gavin Marshall, managing director of NETE, which has 15 HiQ Fast Fit centres among its operations, said: “As a company which employs over 350 people, equality and diversity are extremely important to us.
“NETE’s company policy is to simply recruit and promote the best candidate into positions and the fact that we have recently promoted so many of our female employees is testament to that.
“It’s great to see so many women coming up the ranks to be promoted into senior positions. We pride ourselves on good team management for all our staff.”
Mr Marshall said most of the recent female appointments into the female management team were promoted internally.
Following a 15-year career with NETE, Deborah Horton, previously manager of NETE York, has been promoted to retail area manager to oversees four HiQ and NETA-branded stores across North Yorkshire.
Debbie has been a key player in the integration of the 15 franchised HiQ stores acquired last year by NETE following a £3m investment.
Lizzi Thorp, who joined NETE as a business development manager, has been promoted to regional sales manager to look after NE Wholesale customers in Leeds, Wakefield, Sheffield and Doncaster.
Lizzi and Debbie are joined on the management team by marketing manager Joanne Hooper, business support manager Anita Inglis and human resources manager Sharon Slater.