Birthday Honours 2011: Entrepreneurs honoured

Forget Sir Bruce Forsyth the really interesting people to be honoured in the Birthday Honours List 2011 are Britain’s entrepreneurs. 

And golly, were there many of them in the list. Industry and the economy made up 13.4 per cent of the Birthday Honours List 2011 here are some highlights:

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Brian Souter, the Scottish entrepreneur who co-founded Stagecoach.

Helen Alexander, the former president of the CBI.

Mervyn King, the governor of the Bank of England.


Justin King, CEO of Sainsbury’s.

Richard Atkin, the manufacturing tycoon.

Celia Birtwell, the 60s-era textile designer and entrepreneur.


Nick Robertson, co-founder and CEO of online fashion business ASOS.

Christopher Schultheiss, owner and CEO of

Kasmin Cooney, MD of Righttrack Consultancy.


Thea Green, founder of Nails Inc.

James Timpson, CEO of Timpson (and son of Real Business columnist John Timpson!).

Namita Panjabi, co-founder of Indian restaurant chain Masala World.

John Winnard, director of William Santus and Co (producers of Uncle Joe’s Mint Balls).

Mark and Maria Whitehead, directors of the Hawkshead Relish Company.

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