Honour for Boldon check-out girl who climbed to the top

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A CHECKOUT girl who climbed the career ladder of a supermarket chain has scooped a prestigious business award.

Lindsay Goldsbrough was named Businesswoman of the Future at a glittering awards ceremony held in London.

She started work on the tills at Asda Boldon as a 19-year-old.

Now aged 34, she has risen through the ranks at the company’s largest UK store to become its general manager, in charge of an 800-strong workforce.

The mum-of-one, from Whitburn, was up against chief executives of recruitment firms and banking directors in the Women of the Future Awards.

But it was her “inspirational philosophy that it doesn’t matter where you come from or what you started with, you can accomplish whatever you set your mind to” attitude which won the judges over.

Mrs Goldsbrough said: “When my name was called out I couldn’t believe it.

“I am honoured to have received the award as there were some really worthy people in the category.

“When I first started on the checkouts, I never thought I would be in this position. It was just a part-time job to get me through college, and now look where I am.

“Asda has provided me with great opportunities and enabled me to work in a variety of different roles.

“I hope winning this award will inspire others that it can be done.”

The Women of the Future Awards, in association with Shell, champion young women making their mark in the business, professional, arts, media and science and technology sectors.

Founder of the Women of the Future awards Pinky Lilani OBE, said: “These awards are incredibly special because they celebrate women still at the beginning of their careers and with the potential to go even further.”