Belfast Telegraph

Whitbread and Divine Chocolate chiefs shortlisted for Veuve Clicquot accolade

The chief executives of a multinational hotel and restaurant company and a Fairtrade chocolate firm have been shortlisted for a prestigious award celebrating businesswomen.

Alison Brittain of Whitbread and Sophi Tranchell of Divine Chocolate have been nominated for the annual Veuve Clicquot accolade.

Christine Hodgson, a member of the judging panel, said: "Both women represent the diverse nature of business today.

"Alison, in her role at both Lloyds and now as CEO of Whitbread, has demonstrated how successful women can reach the top of large organisations and work across very different sectors.

"Through Sophi's inspirational leadership of Divine Chocolate, she has built a successful, innovative business and a strong brand whilst challenging the status quo and proving business can be done differently."

Finalists in the Social Purpose category are Jude Kelly, artistic director of London's Southbank Centre, and Shauneen Lambe, executive director of the Just For Kids Law charity.

Alice Bentinck, founder of Entrepreneur First, and Samantha Payne, founder of Open Bionics, have been nominated for the competition's New Generation Award.

The six women will open the London Stock Exchange on Wednesday.

The winners will be announced on May 9.

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