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Textiles Firm Manager Wins EY Transformational Leader Award

The co-managing director of Kirriemuir technical textiles company J&D Wilkie was among the winners at EY’s Entrepreneur of the Year awards.

The awards, which were held at V&A Dundee, recognises exceptional business leaders in Scotland.

Jean-Christophe Granier, who was promoted to the senior role in the major Kirriemuir employer in 2015, was recognised with the “transformational leader” award.

The awards judging panel was chaired by Andy Lothian, group CEO of Dundee-based Insights Group.

The overall winner was Poonam Gupta, chief executive of Inverclyde-based PG Paper.

Mike Timmins, leader of the EY Entrepreneur of the Year programme in Scotland, said: “Poonam’s entrepreneurial journey is a compelling story.

“Having faced continued rejection when she was searching for work, she pulled on her entrepreneurial instincts and existing network to create PG Paper from her kitchen table with only £1,000 in capital.”

PG Paper is now a business which has progressed to having a £36 million turnover.

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