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Ashwells Reclaimed Timber owner Janine Davies-Tutt one of 15 winners in NatWest's #BeTheRoleModel campaign

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A business owner and eco champion from Hatfield Broad Oak celebrated International Women's Day last month by winning a nationwide competition created to tackle stereotypes of female founders.

Janine Davies-Tutt, who runs Ashwells Reclaimed Timber in Bulphan, Essex, is one of 15 winners in NatWest's #BeTheRoleModel campaign, which aims to create a more inclusive visual landscape that shows entrepreneurs as they really are.

The bank received more than 3,000 nominations from SMEs across the UK, but the judges were impressed with what Davies-Tutt has achieved in her business over the last three decades, reclaiming tropical hardwoods and preventing further deforestation.

Ashwells Reclaimed Timber founder and managing director Janine Davies-Tutt (55789060)
Ashwells Reclaimed Timber founder and managing director Janine Davies-Tutt (55789060)

Ashwells' work as founding members of SALVO UK and their sustained action to educate and empower the landscape design and construction sector to increase the use of reclaimed building materials within garden and external design projects, was also praised.

"Reclamation and construction remain heavily male-dominated industries," said Davies-Tutt. "I hope that by sharing my story of Ashwells Timber we'll help demonstrate the diversity of female-led businesses in the UK and encourage more women to smash stereotypes and believe that they can make it as business owners.

"Role models are the key to encouraging more women to start up in business, and my advice to women considering running their own business would be to find your voice!"

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