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West End producer Nica Burns named ‘businesswoman of the year’

Nica Burns (centre) picks up her award
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Nica Burns, co-owner and chief executive of Nimax Theatres, has been recognised as private businesswoman of the year at the UK Private Business Awards.

Burns owns and operates the Palace, Lyric, Apollo, Garrick, Vaudeville and Duchess theatres in London and is a leading West End theatre producer, with recent productions including the Olivier award-winning Long Day’s Journey into Night.

She commented: “I am deeply honoured and absolutely thrilled. In a year where the theatre industry has been challenged to demonstrate its economic worth, I am very proud that Nimax Theatres Limited sat alongside far larger private companies from the engineering, shipping, technology, food and manufacturing sectors. I see my win as one not only for Nimax and its wonderful senior management team but for the theatre industry as a whole. The theatre industry succeeds by brilliantly combining great shows with serious business. We are an outstanding  success story for UK plc.”

The UK Private Business Awards are now in their third year and celebrate the best of private business in the country, highlighting the achievements of individuals and companies and recognising the importance of private business to the UK economy. The judging panel including Sir Charles Dunstone, chief executive of the Carphone Warehouse Group, Paul Dreschler, chief executive of Wates Construction group and David Suddens, chief executive of Dr Martens.

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