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BENTLEY'S GIRL POWER: Charlotte Watling (L) and Hannah Proffitt will act as ambassadors for the "Make it in Great Britain" campaign, which aims to challenge outdated opinions and transform the image of modern manufacturing.

Crewe, England - From a world that used to be perceived as being populated by men in grubby overalls with a fag stuck to their lower lip, Charlotte Watling and Hannah Proffitt have been named as two of 30 rising young stars of the manufacturing world.

The petite blonde Bentley Cars engineers have their blue eyes fixed firmly on a stratospheric future in an industry which today is so high-tech that only a skilled, intelligent and well-trained few can really understand. They are Charlotte Watling and Hannah Proffitt and are on the list of names read out by the UK's minister for business, Mark Prisk.

As part of a "Make it in Great Britain" campaign the "30 Under 30" are a selection of young people who have carved careers in the manufacturing sector selected by a panel of judges. Where once the men who raced Bentleys were known as 'The Bentley Boys', we now present 'The Bentley Girls'.

Watling and Proffitt joined Bentley as apprentices and have excelled in their respective careers as electrical and mechanical engineers.

'PROMISING YOUNG ENGINEERS'

Watling works with the British automaker's infotainment team which handles the media interfaces in the automaker's luxury vehicles. Proffitt is part of the chassis engineering team and is responsible for the delivery of front and rear suspension uprights.

Bentley’s member of the board for personnel, Christine Gaskell, said: “Bentley produces world famous cars which are exported around the world but our success as a company depends on the skills of our staff. I'm delighted that not one, but two, of our most promising young engineers have been recognised in this way.

“As a company, we work hard to promote careers in engineering and manufacturing and bring young people into our industry. Hannah and Charlotte are fantastic ambassadors for both Bentley and the automotive manufacturing sector and I'm confident they will raise the profile of our industry in their exciting new role."

Bentley has a 900-strong research and development department at its huge plant in Crewe, central England, where all its cars are designed and assembled.

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