Peterborough woman announced as finalist in national awards

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Julie Bishop, founder of Peterborough's IT Naturally

The IT firm, founded just two years, was born from the demise of tour operator Thomas Cook, where Bishop was head of IT infrastructure delivery.

Bishop was facing her own job uncertainty, but the liquidation presented an opportunity to use her expertise and she was able to step in and provide IT support to Condor - one of Thomas Cook’s airline partners - saving the jobs of some of her team at the same time.

She has since capitalised on a gap that she said she believed existed for medium to large organisations, providing services for company's IT infrastructures.

She has supported and mentored women in technology for years and regularly speaks at different forums to encourage more women and girls into tech-based careers.

Bishop is up for the ARTEMIS award, handed to the most inspirational woman running a business trading for 18 months to three years.

The award winners will be announced at a ceremony on December 7.

Maxine Benson, co-founder of everywoman, said: “For nearly two decades these awards have provided a platform to share the stories of hundreds of entrepreneurs, encouraging, emboldening and empowering other women to follow suit.

"Against a backdrop of Covid, these women have shown how innovation and enterprise have helped their businesses to thrive under extraordinary trading conditions.

"We hope their experiences will go on to inspire others and provide the motivation and inspiration that will be the backbone of the UK’s economic recovery.”