Representatives from the retail and fashion industries were among those on the Queen’s New Year honours list, which was announced today.
Co-founders of Lush Cosmetics, Mark and Margaret Constantine, picked up an OBE for their services to the beauty industry, while Raymond Kelvin, CEO of luxury UK clothing brand Ted Baker, was given a CBE for the work he does in fashion.
Ted Baker has been one of the retail success stories of 2010, and recently reported an 8.6 per cent year-on-year increase in retail sales for the 13-week period to November 13th, highlighting its increasing strength in a competitive market.
Lush, meanwhile, has established itself as a well-respected ethical retailer, which does not use ingredients that have been tested on animals in its products.
Tanya Sarne, founder of designer clothes and fashion company Ghost, who has provided products for department store retailer John Lewis in the past, was also awarded an OBE today for her services to the fashion industry.
Elsewhere, Confederation of British Industry Director General Richard Lambert was knighted for his work in business.
In his end of year message, published today, he offered a warning that retailers and other organisations could be in for a tricky 2011.
“There are bumpy times ahead for businesses in Britain,” he explained.
“Travelling around the country, I find that many people are positive about current trading conditions – but extremely uncertain about what the new year might bring.
“And that’s understandable, because the economic and political outlook both seem volatile over the short term.”
Outside of retail and business, some of the New Year honours highlights included golf’s Ryder Cup hero Graeme McDowell picking up an MBE and singer Annie Lennox claiming an OBE for her work fighting Aids.