Name: Dawn Gibbins MBE
Companies run: Flowcrete Group Plc, Barefoot Living
They don’t come much brighter than Dawn Gibbins MBE. The effervescent entrepreneur has spent 25 years wiping the floor with the competition. The daughter of an inventor, Peter Gibbins, she became the youngest industrialist ever to be awarded an MBE in 1994 for establishing Cheshire-based Flowcrete as a major provider of resin-based flooring solutions to a client list including Bentley Motors, Ascot Racecourse, Jaguar, Mars and the O2 Stadium.
In 2003 Gibbins followed up her Queen’s honour with the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman of the Year Award and has also been named the Most Influential Person in UK Manufacturing. The business itself grew from foundation in 1982 to a 350-employee, £44m turnover and £3m pre-tax profits global business with 30 offices.
In early 2008 she sold Flowcrete to RPM, a major American materials supplier with sales of £1.7bn, for an estimated £35m. Like all entrepreneurs, there were tougher periods. As recently as 2004 the company made a £500,000 loss, but two years later had turned that into a £1.8m profit. Since selling Flowcrete, Gibbins has established her consumer-focused flooring concept, Barefoot Living, which she invested £2m into to start-up.
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