Barbara will pitch her idea to Branson

A businesswoman will have the chance of a lifetime to pitch her idea to one of the country’s most famous entrepreneurs.

Barbara Jones, of Todmorden, has reached the final of the Virgin Media Pioneers ‘Pitch to Rich’ competition after topping the public vote.

She will now pitch her Straw Works business to Richard Branson and a panel of four judges in London today.

Barbara describes Straw Works as an “innovative design, building and training company specialising in using natural materials, particularly straw bales, to create beautiful, cosy, peaceful homes, offices and hang-outs for considerably less cost than traditional building materials”.

A spokesperson for Virgin said: “We were overwhelmed by the quality of entries and number of votes we received for the Pitch to Rich competition.

“Congratulations to all four finalists.”