Top honour for Barnsley businesswoman

A Barnsley woman will join the upper echelons of an influential and exclusive manufacturing organisation – the Company of Cutlers in Hallamshire.

After being accepted as a Freeman in 2014, Jane Robinson has now been elected to the position of Member of the Company which elevates her to the organisation’s governing body.

Jane, a director of Barnsley-based laser firm Cutting Technologies, is just one of four women who make up the 33-strong Company of Cutlers governing body. Jane was formally installed as a member yesterday during the Master Cutler’s Installation ceremony at Sheffield’s Cutlers Hall and Sheffield Cathedral.

Jane has taken on the role of Assistant and her responsibilities include assisting the Master in ensuring that the Company is well run and is effective. This year’s Master Cutler is Richard Evans, former chairman of specialist tool company G & J Hall.

Jane said: “It is a huge honour to be chosen to represent the interests of the Sheffield City Region’s outstanding manufacturing community. The proud heritage of the Company is remarkable and its Members and Freemen embody the excellence in manufacturing in our region.”

The Cutlers’ Company was established by a parliamentary Act of Incorporation in 1624 and for more than 400 years it has sought to maintain the standards and quality of Sheffield manufacturing.

The Act gave the Company control over the organisation of the cutlery industry in Sheffield and surrounding areas. It operated to monitor and control apprenticeships, register Freemen and ensure the quality of goods manufactured.


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