Anya Hindmarch wins Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award

Anya Hindmarch has won this year’s Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award, making the luxury handbag designer and MBE the 40th winner of the award. Chris Page (27 Apr 12). 

The 2012 awards ceremony, held at Claridges, Mayfair last week was attended by household business names including Stuart Rose, Duncan Bannatyne and Kelly Hoppen.  Organisers said this year saw the strongest finalist shortlist in the history of the award and Anya Hindmarch was up against tough competition from finalists Helena Morrissey of Newton Investment Management and Ruth Rogers, founder and chef, of the very successful River Café in London.

Anya Hindmarch started her business at the age of 19 growing it from a small shop on London’s Walton Street, to 57 worldwide. These outlets include a London flagship on Sloane Street and a Tokyo flagship in Aoyama, with a New York flagship opening next year.

Anya Hindmarch with her 'La Grande Dame' trophy award

An MBE followed in 2009 in recognition of her contribution to the British fashion industry as well as a later raft of recognition; UK trade ambassador, non-exec of the British Fashion Council and trustee of both The Royal Academy and The Design Museum. But it was Anya Hindmarch’s support of the new British entrepreneurs through the ‘Start Up Britain’ campaign that was cited as pivotal in winning the award.

In 2007 she hit the headlines with her ‘I’m Not A Plastic Bag’ campaign which encouraged shoppers to use her everyday bags rather than plastic bags. The limited distribution of the bags soon made them sought-after items particularly after they became the goodie bag at that year’s Vanity Fair Oscars party.

The 2009 launch of Anya Hindmarch Bespoke met favour with consumers who increasingly sought investment pieces that were personalised and uniquely crafted. Customers were able to have hand written messages and embossed into the leather by craftsmen based in the Pont Street store.

 Lord Powell, Gail Rebuck CEO, The Random House Group, Sir David Frost and Sir Stuart Rose


What they said:

 “It is the greatest honour to win the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman award in it's 40th year. 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.” Anya Hindmarch


 “I congratulate Anya Hindmarch and hope her success inspires budding businesswomen across Britain. Women are at the heart of our economic future and I would like to see many more reaching the top of their chosen field. The government is helping women realise their full potential and awards like this show just what can be done when that talent is unleashed.” Theresa May, Home Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities and keynote speaker at the awards


 “We are delighted that the judges have selected a winner who fully embraces the spirit of the Award and can provide inspiration for the next generation of female entrepreneurs in the UK. In a year that British fashion has never been under the spotlight more, Anya has proven that commercial triumph alongside pursuing a responsible business is more than achievable and it is wonderful to see such a shining example of business success.” Christina Jesaitis, Senior Brand Manager, Veuve Clicquot.


The Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award is now awarded in 27 countries, a global tribute to Madame Clicquot who married François Clicquot in 1798. Widowed at 27 she took control of his champagne business and became known as “La Grande Dame de la Champagne” leading with the spirit of “only one quality, the finest.”



Lord and Lady Myners • The Rt Hon. Theresa May MP • Julie Meyer • Stephen Quinn • Baroness Virginia Bottomley • Duncan Bannatyne • Dame Kelly Holmes • Kelly Hoppen • Solange Azagury-Partridge • Sir Stuart Rose • Sir David Frost • Lord Powell of Bayswater • Lord Timothy Bell • Andrew Neil • Victoria Pendleton • Karen Brady • Thomasina Miers • Dame Gail Rebuck DBE • Kate Silverton • Debbie Moore • James and Aisha Caan • Deborah Meaden • Jo Wood

Nomination Criteria for Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award,UK :

1. Entrepreneurship: Founder/leader of a UK business, driving force behind success through pioneering approach, business acumen, dynamism, innovation, audacity, tenacity

2. Financial Success: Sustained profitable business growth and healthy balance sheet with a minimum turnover of £3M

3. Corporate Social Responsibility: Genuine commitment to responsible and sustainable business

practices such as environmental policies, employee benefits, workforce diversity and community


4. Role Model: Mentoring, succession planning, pushing boundaries, ability to motivate others,

relationship building with colleagues/employees, especially for other women



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