Anya Hindmarch crowned Veuve Clicquot Businesswoman of the Year
Handbag queen expresses pride at winning award in its 40th year
Luxury handbag designer Anya Hindmarch has claimed the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award for 2012 at a glittering ceremony in London’s Mayfair.
Hindmarch, who founded her business aged just 19 and now oversees more than 50 eponymous retail stores worldwide, emerged triumphant over renowned investor Helen Morrissey and River Café founder Ruth Rogers.
In addition to her retail success, Hindmarch has played a key role in promoting British business internationally as a UK Trade Ambassador, and promoted socially responsible practices with her ‘I’m Not A Plastic Bag’ campaign.
The Veuve Clicquot award comes just three years after Hindmarch received an MBE, in recognition of her commercial success and wider ambassadorial achievements.
This year marked the 40th anniversary of the inception of the Veuve Clicquot Awards, and Hindmarch was clearly proud to win the overall prize in such a landmark year. She told reporters:
“It is a very real compliment to be deemed to share some of the qualities of Veuve Clicquot herself, who was clearly a brave and pioneering woman, but also to even be considered amongst my fellow finalists, Helena Morrissey and Ruthie Rogers, who are both brilliant businesswomen and lovely people.”