Jennifer La Grange, 23
Design director, Pinpoint (industrial bags)
Location: Swansea, Wales
Giving an industrial supplier a lift
Teenager pilots family company into computer-aided design
In any job, it’s good to know you are making a difference. That was the feeling for Jennifer La Grange when as a teenager she was asked to bring computer-aided design (CAD) to her mother’s company.
“We didn’t have any CAD machines in the factory, so it was quite an exciting move forward for Pinpoint, making us more efficient,” says La Grange. Pinpoint makes lifting bags for tools and components used in heavy industry. It is owned by Sandra La Grange, Jennifer’s mother.
The bags are largely made to order, with the company selling to a variety of industries. La Grange started work at Pinpoint in 2016 after leaving school with A- levels in art and product design. “I didn't have strong ideas on where I wanted to work. My mum suggested I should try out working at her company.”
After starting on the shop floor helping on various production processes, she was given her new role. In 2020 she completed a course in leadership and team building that “helped build up my confidence in being a team leader”.