Female bosses at one of the city's biggest success stories have given their backing to the Chronicle's Women in Business Awards. This month, finance firm 1pm , based at St James' Parade, reported profit before tax in the first six months of its financial year were up 84 per cent to Pounds 600,000. The interim results suggest the company is well on its way to smashing a Pounds 400,000 loss before tax. Its turnaround is being attributed to its leadership team of finance director Helen Walker and chief executive Maria Hampton . Ms Hampton said: "We had quite a clear view of where we wanted to take the company. "The demand is there because credit is obviously tight at the moment - banks aren't lending much. A lot more people are looking to borrow, more are looking to expand business or increase assets." Surprisingly the company remains the only member of the Stock Exchange's AIM market with women in both top jobs, which is why the pair are supporting the Bristol and Bath Women in Business Awards. Ms Hampton said the finance sector needed more women at the top. She said: "Anything that can raise awareness is good thing. We should be recognised for what we achieve." Categories include Woman of the Year, New Business of the Year, Marketing Campaign of the Year and Contribution to the Community. To enter, visit www.bathchronicle.co.uk/wiba .
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