Fashion and food entrepreneurs make shortlist for Veuve Clicquot Business Woman award

River Café co-founder and owner Ruth Rogers MBE and fashion accessories designer Anya Hindmarch MBE were today named as shortlisted finalists in the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award.

CEO of city firm Newton Investment Management Helena Morrissey completed the list announced at the WIE (Women: Inspiration & Enterprise) 50 Power Breakfast at The London Stock Exchange, an event chaired by deputy prime minister Nick Clegg.

The award, which is now in its 40th year, has previously celebrated the achievements of illustrious female entrepreneurs such as the late Dame Anita Roddick, Flowcrete founder Dawn Gibbins MBE, JoJo Maman Bébé’s Laura Tenison MBE, Rosaleen Blair of Alexander Mann Solutions, Garlands Call Centres’ Chey Garland CBE, Prue Leith OBE, Pineapple Studios creator Debbie Moore OBE, Stagecoach co-founder Ann Gloag OBE, and LK Bennett founder Linda Bennett.

Anya Hindmarch began making handbags in Hackney, East London after being inspired by her time spent in Italy. At 19 she opened her first shop in London and now has more than 50 boutiques or concession outlets in the UK, Japan, Hong Kong, the US, Ireland, Taiwan, Malaysia and Saudi Arabia. Recently, she pioneered the ‘I am not a plastic bag’ initiative.

Ruth Rogers co-founded River Café in 1987 with the late Rose Gray in 1987. Specialising in Italian cuisine the restaurant earned a Michelin star in 1997. Celebrity chefs such as Jamie Oliver and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall have trained there.

Judges for the award include former winner Carolyn McCall, chief executive of easyJet, and Dragons’ Den’s Duncan Bannatyne. Sian Westerman, MD of Rothschild and member of the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award Panel commented: “This strong shortlist, drawn from an excellent long list, exemplifies what women can achieve in business: strong entrepreneurship and leadership, combined with a desire and ability to deliver real change in society.  Spanning areas key to the UK economy of fashion, finance and hospitality, they are great role models for all who aspire to succeed in business.”

The winner, who most epitomises the entrepreneurial, financially successful and socially responsible ideals of Madame Clicquot, will be announced on April 18 at Claridge’s.

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