At Skipton Business Finance, supporting women in business is important to us. As a fledged member of the Women in Finance Charter, we decided it would be great to speak with some of the amazing women that we work with to discuss their career journeys and how they feel about women in business. Here, Amy Wright tell us of the opportunities she was able to experience at Shredall SDS Group and why it is important to support women in their career ventures.
Name: Amy Wright
Profession: Financial Controller at Shredall SDS Group
How did you get to the position you are in today?
Before I really started my career, I didn’t know what I wanted to do. For a while, I worked at my local pub as a waitress as this was the only available vacancy near where I lived. I ended up doing an apprenticeship in hospitality and focused on this full-time. The apprenticeship allowed me to gain various qualifications within hospitality including my licensing qualification which would allow me to run a pub.
It was at this time when I had my eldest daughter and I decided that I wanted more of a Monday to Friday job. This was really what drove my decision to go into finance. I initially did a college course in bookkeeping and accounts training which allowed me to get my AAT qualification. I then worked in a voluntary position at Cancer Research as a treasurer.
Shredall nominated me for the Nottingham Post Women in Business Awards where I was awarded with Rising Star 2018.
It was after this that I applied for a job at Shredall and initially worked on their purchase ledger but later worked in various roles such as credit control, credit manager and financial manager. I was able to work my way up in the business to the position I am in today which has allowed me to gain a great deal of experience.
A great moment in my career happened in 2018, when Shredall nominated me for the Nottingham Post Women in Business Awards where I was awarded with Rising Star 2018.
What piece of advice would you give to young women starting out in their careers?
Never let anyone tell you that you can’t do what you want to do. If you put in hard work and effort, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be able to do the job you want.
At Skipton Business Finance, a proud member of the Women in Finance Charter, we believe the representation of women in business is very important. Why do you think it’s important to have women in senior positions?
I think some people have the misconception that women typically give up their careers for their children, but this is becoming less often the case. With a lot of women, like myself, our careers haven’t stopped, and we are able to balance our role as a mother and our professional role equally. I was able to work my way to the position that I am in today and there’s no reason why gender should have anything to do with as long as you have the right worth ethic.
Are their any exciting phases coming up in your career?
There are some exciting changes happening at Shredall and I am looking forward to seeing what opportunities these hold for me. Since I started working at Shredall in 2014, I have watched the business change in so many ways, such as our developments with storage and digitalisation, so I’m excited to see what new challenges it brings my way.
Shredall SDS Group is the UK’s largest independently owned Confidential Waste Shredding, Paper Recycling, Document Storage and Data Scanning company in the UK with a strong reputation service for the recycling of paper for over 23 years. Headquartered in Nottingham, family run business - Shredall SDS Group currently service all of the UK and have collection partners globally. Shredall SDS Group pride themselves in supplying a convenient, dependable and cost-efficient shredding service for any company that requires confidential documents or data destroyed, converted to digital files, or stored.