Watch the moment Burnley businesswoman is told she will be firm's new managing director

A Burnley businesswoman was left "shocked and overjoyed" after being told of her promotion during a surprise ceremony.

Joanne Hindley, who has dedicated 26 years to Peter Scott Printers, was given the news she would be the firm's new managing director by Pendle MP Andrew Stephenson.

Covid restrictions meant celebrations were a little different than usual, but Mr Stephenson was still on hand to present Joanne with a bottle of vintage.

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"I'm absolutely delighted and honoured to be given this role, and very proud to be working with such a wonderfully supportive team," said Joanne.

Pendle MP Andrew Stephenson presents Joanne Hindley, Peter Scott Printers' new managing director, with a bottle of champagne

Peter Scott Printers, a commercial lithographic and digital printing business, was established in 1960, and is traditionally a male-dominated sector.

Joanne started out as office junior, and has progressed through various roles in the company, culminating in this week's promotion.

One of the largest projects she has undertaken was overseeing the move of premises in April 2020 to Heasandford Industrial Estate, Burnley, following a £200,000 investment in a £1m. factory.

The move, which involved moving 36-tonne printing presses and equipment, was planned pre-pandemic.

PSP had a surge of demand to deal with at that time too, with items including signposting and social distancing signs needed for essential local authority work.

It was achieved while remaining fully operational and open for business.

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Joanne took the opportunity to engage experts AMRC North West on lean-time management and streamlining production layout, to refine operations and reduce lead times.

They now have more capacity, quicker turn-around times and are looking forward to the future, under their new managing director's very capable watch.

Mr Stephenson added: "I was delighted to visit Peter Scott Printers following their successful move, and to congratulate Joanne on her much deserved promotion."