AN OWNER of popular mini-pig farm in the Chilterns has been shortlisted for an award celebrating UK’s top women entrepreneurs.

Olivia Mikhail - owner of Kew Little Pigs in Amersham - was announced as a finalist in the Best Business category of the Best Businesswomen Awards 2022.

A mother herself, Ms Mikhail set up the adorable mini-pig business more than a decade ago after her daughter’s love of pigs inspired her.

She said: "I am highly honoured to be named as a finalist in this year's Best Businesswomen Awards and am very much looking forward to attending the ceremony with my fellow nominees later this year.

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"I feel very privileged to be the owner of Kew Little Pigs, as every working day is different - and so much fun. That's not to say it's easy, but when you're passionate about animal welfare it makes it that much simpler to channel all your efforts into your own business. 

"We are one of the UK's leading breeders of micro pigs, and my team and I absolutely love helping people become parents to these wonderful animals, as well as watching our visitors fall in love with their quirky personalities!”

The Amersham attraction also offers visitors a chance to look after and hang out with the pigs. Recently Chesham’s Waterside Academy pupils adopted three little pigs as classmates thanks to Kew Little Pigs.

Debbie Gilbert, organiser of the Best Businesswomen Awards, said: "This is the eighth year of these prestigious awards and despite the difficult circumstances business owners have faced, these businesswomen have shone through the dark times.

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"The awards are designed to recognise the achievement of female entrepreneurs from a wide range of industries, all of whom are excelling in their chosen field. Our judging panel, all business experts, were blown away by the quality of the entrants this year."

The winners will be announced at the gala final at the Hilton Wembley hotel on September 30.