Nails Inc founder and Olympics architect Zaha Hadid named as business woman of the year finalists

2003 Young Gun Thea Green named in this year’s shortlist for Veuve Clicquot Business Woman title

Nails Inc founder Thea Green and Zaha Hadid, whose architectural firm was responsible for the London 2012 Olympic swimming pool venue, have been named as finalists for the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award 2013.

Thea Green (above, right), who started Nails Inc and was crowned a Growing Business Young Gun in 2003, has since grown her nail bar chain into a £22m-turnover global phenomenon.

She and Hadid (above, middle) are joined by CEO of Drax Dorothy Thompson (above, left), who has been recognised for her role in leading the power station company’s improvement programme to reduce carbon emissions.

Created as a tribute to Madame Clicquot, the annual awards recognise leading female figures in business, celebrating their entrepreneurship, financial success, dedication to social change and ability to act as a role model.

Now in its 41st year, the prestigious award operates across 27 countries, aimed at women with inspirational creative vision. Dame Anita Roddick, founder of The Body Shop, is among an illustrious alumni of female entrepreneurs and CEOs.

Last year saw luxury handbag designer Anya Hindmarch take home the esteemed award. She joins judges including BBC Dragon Duncan Bannatyne and CEO of Save the Children Jasmine Whitbread on this year’s expert panel.

Elsa Corbineau, director of champagnes at Moet Hennessy UK, commented: “Drawn from an excellent long list of candidates, our shortlist exemplify what women can achieve in business: strong entrepreneurship and leadership, combined with a desire and ability to deliver real change in society.”

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