Business Woman Award shortlist

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A wealth of prominent business and political figures gathered today (8 March) to hear the shortlist for the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award.

The three finalists for the coveted prize were announced at the WIE (Women: Inspiration & Enterprise) 50 Power Breakfast at The London Stock Exchange, in an event chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.

The three female entrepreneurs shortlisted for this year's prize are designer Anya Hindmarch, investment executive Helena Morrissey and chef Ruth Rogers.

Veuve Clicquot said all three nominees epitomised its ideals of entrepreneurship, financial success, corporate social responsibility and acting as a role model.

Helena Morrissey was praised for her "ground-breaking" 30% Club, which helps champion the issue of women on boards. Anya Hindmarch was recognised for the global pioneering of her ‘I am not a plastic bag’ initiative which raised the issue of plastic bag usage amongst the public’s consciousness as well as on the government’s agenda. And Ruth Rogers’ steady growing business The River Café was highlighted for "changing how we perceive, as well as cook, Italian cuisine."

Regarded as the ‘Oscars’ of female entrepreneurs, the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award is now in its 40th year and celebrates entrepreneurial women who have made a significant contribution to business life in the UK.

Carolyn McCall, previous winner of the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award and current Panel member, said: "The nominees for this year’s award are all great role models and have all the attributes that Veuve Clicquot looks for in its Business Woman Award. This award has played a vital role in recognising and celebrating women in business.”

The winner will be announced at a champagne reception at The Ballroom at Claridge’s, London on 18 April.