2017 New Year’s Honours list champions female entrepreneurs

Mumsnet co-founder Justine Roberts, Anya Hindmarch MBE, and Victoria Beckham have been included in the Queen’s most diverse list of recipients yet

The Queen has awarded titles to a host of UK business owners as part of the 2017 New Years Honours list, which showcases unprecedented diversity this year as female entrepreneurs reign supreme.

From fashion to hospitality to STEM (science, technology, education and maths), entrepreneurs from an array of industries have been honoured including handbag designer Anya Hindmarch MBE, co-founder of Mumsnet Justine Roberts, fashion guru Victoria Beckham, Index Ventures partner and charity board member Danny Rimer, restaurateur Mark Hix, and Decoded’s Kathryn Parsons.

In this year’s ground-breaking list, women represent over 50% of the 1,047 total recipients, and 9.3% come from a BAME (black, Asian, minority ethnic) background –  the highest number of BAME recipients ever seen on an honours list.

With a plethora of UK entrepreneurs having been awarded titles and the majority of these female, the list is a telling reflection of the UK’s booming and ever-diversifying business landscape.

Among the entrepreneurs to have received royal recognition are:


Designer Anya Hindmarch MBE, renowned for her quirky luxury handbags and the global success of her eponymous brand, was recognised for services to fashion. Click here to see Hindmarch’s 10 golden business rules.

Justine Roberts, co-founder and CEO of popular online advice forums Mumsnet and Gransnet, was awarded a CBE for services to the economy.

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Among those awarded an OBE was legendary fashion designer and eponymous label-owner Victoria Beckham, who was recognised for services to the fashion industry.

Co-founder and CEO of Mint Velvet, Liz Houghton, was awarded for services to business and charity following the success of her mission to bring ‘relaxed glamour’ for over-30s to the high street.

Also commended for services to business and charity was Danny Rimer, partner of venture capital firm Index Ventures and board member for Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres.

Hazel Moore, chairman and co-founder of independently-owned investment bank FirstCapital, was awarded her OBE for services to entrepreneurship and innovation.

As the co-founder and CEO of TeenTech, an initiative that aims to inspire young people to explore careers in science, engineering and technology, Margaret Philbin was recognised for services to promoting careers in STEM and creative industries.


Included in the list of MBE recipients was Sarah Garrett, founder of publishing and events management firm Square Peg Media, who was recognised for services to diversity and inclusion.

Chef and restaurateur Mark Hix, who runs acclaimed Hix restaurants across London and in his native Dorset, received an MBE for services to hospitality.

Another entrepreneur succeeding in the world of hospitality, Nicholas Jones, was honoured for services to the hospitality industry following his work as founder and chief executive of Soho House & Co, which operates a range of private clubs for creative professionals.

Anne-Marie Imafidon, co-founder of Stemettes, an organisation that offers experiences which aim to inspire girls to get involved in STEM professions, was recognised for services to young women within STEM sectors.

Meanwhile Terry Jones, founder of i-D, a fashion culture magazine that champions originality and innovation in the industry, was recognised for services to fashion and popular culture.

Tech entrepreneur Kathryn Parsons, co-founder and co-CEO of Decoded, was commended for services to digital education due to the success of Decoded’s digital literacy programmes.

Angel investor and entrepreneur Joe White, partner at Entrepreneur First, was awarded an MBE for services to technology businesses.


Entrepreneur Dr Clare Eluka, who founded Premae Skincare to provide cruelty-free, vegan, allergy-free skincare and makeup for those with sensitive skin, received a BEM for services to dermatology.


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