Aviva boss Amanda Blanc and retail guru Mary Portas among business figures in new year honours list

Aviva boss Amanda Blanc and retail guru Mary Portas among business figures in new year honours list

Insurance CEO cited for services to gender equality, while Stephen Hester and Gerald Ronson are also honoured

Cronyism claims as at least seven Tory donors included in honours list

About 25 people have been awarded honours for services to business in the new year honours list, with others working in business cited for other elements of service in public life. Two of the main honours were handed to business people who were big donors to the Conservative party: the Wetherspoons boss, Tim Martin, and the Addison Lee founder, John Griffin.

Among the most notable recipients of honours in the business world were:

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