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Veuve Cliquot Women in Business Award recognises Zaha Hadid

Finalists for the 41st Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award 2013 were announced recently, bringing together shining examples of female entrepreneurship and business success.

This year??s finalists span a wide range of sectors, including architecture and design, beauty and retail as well as renewable energy, demonstrating far reaching female success is in the UK.

The finalists are, Thea Greene, Founder, Nails Inc, Zaha Hadid, Founder, Zaha Hadid and Dorothy Thompson, CEO, Drax.

Regarded as the ??Oscars?? of female entrepreneurs and business leaders, the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award, now in its 41st year, celebrates entrepreneurial women who have made a significant contribution to business life in the UK.

All finalists selected by the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award judging panel demonstrated the strongest evidence of satisfying all nomination criteria.  Notable achievements included Thea Greene??s innovative business success in optimising the growing trend in nail bars on the high street for Nail??s Inc., Zaha Hadid??s compelling approach to architecture, most recently London 2012??s Olympic swimming pool, and Dorothy Thompson who is spearheading Drax??s efficiency improvement programme to reduce carbon emissions.

Elsa Corbineau, Director of Champagnes at Moet Hennessy UK, commented: ?This is a diverse shortlist, spanning areas key to the UK economy –  energy, architecture and retail – demonstrating the depth of female business talent across the UK. 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.  Each of our shortlisted women are both leaders and role models for all who aspire to succeed in business.??

The winner of the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award will be announced on 22nd April 2013.

The Award??s 20-strong judging panel is comprised of business leaders, including Anya Hindmarch winner in 2012, Jasmine Whitbread, CEO Save the Children, Duncan Bannatyne, Entrepreneur and BBC Dragon, Caroline Michel, CEO, Peters, Frasers and Dunlop as well as Sian Westerman, MD, Rothschild and other key industry experts.








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