Claire is a rising star in businesswomen awards

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A MANAGER at a Bury St Edmunds company has collected an accolade in the prestigious East of England Businesswomen (EEBW) of the Year awards.

Claire Bishop was named rising star of the year at the awards, which are now in their 21st year, and which were held at The West Wing at Ickworth House on Thursday.

“It is fantastic, its not really sunk in. It was a great privilege to be with all these other businesswomen and a real inspiration.”

She joined Nemco Utilities, a buildings risk management company, as a client manager seven years ago. Since then founder directors Tony and Debbie Green have developed her role into that of service delivery manager, gradually taking on more and more responsibility.

“I started at the bottom and have worked my way up. I only really joined as a placement as part of my degree but since I have been building up my career from there. The directors saw the potential in me and have been very supportive,” said Claire, 26.

She now manages a group of people looking after eight major contracts, while she also has input into the strategic side on the business.

Nemco specialises in building risk management, especially in water hygiene, legionella, fire control and fire risk management. It employs 37 people, around half of which are based at the company’s premises in Hillside Road, while the remaining staff work out in Manchester, London and East Anglia.

EEBW chairman Jane Cox said: “We hope this encourages women of all ages to pursue a career in business. It is great to be able to recognise women in the East of England and show there is a real hunger and a passion for the business world.”