35 WOMEN UNDER 35 2016: Nicole Tallant, 26
Supermarket supremo Tallant joined Asda’s graduate scheme in 2012 and has powered up the ranks. Triumphs include acting as project manager for outgoing boss Andy Clarke; saving the business £2m per quarter by sourcing larger cheese trays for the fresh pizza counter to reduce waste; and setting up the company’s graduate alumni group. She’s currently the buying manager for the grocer’s entire seasonal confectionery sector, responsible for £150m of revenues, at the age of just 26. Clarke describes her as a ‘star in the making in the retail sector’.