Published On: Thu, Nov 23rd, 2017

VEUVE CLICQUOT business woman awards: Your chance to tell who to toast | City & Business | Finance

Now is your chance to tell the rest of us. 

Public entries for the 45th Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Awards close this Sunday, November 26, so there’s still time to nominate an inspirational example of what female enterprise is achieving.

The legendary Champagne house’s accolades, which count luxury accessories designer Anya Hindmarch and Alison Brittain, Whitbread chief executive as past winners, celebrate the success of businesswomen worldwide. 

Winners are the ones judged to share the same qualities as the original Madame Clicquot, famed for her enterprising spirit, legendary courage and determination no matter what to reach her set goals.  

This is  the first and longest-running international set of awards  created specifically to recognise the contribution that women have made to business life.

Last year saw the addition of the Veuve Clicquot Social Purpose Award, won by Jude Kelly, the Southbank Centre’s artistic director.

This year too the award will aim to celebrate businesswomen championing social purpose beyond their core enterprise. 

The UK’s new young talent is showcased through the New Generation Award for females aged 25 to 35.

“The Business Woman Awards continue in not only giving the spotlight to those women who deserve recognition for their success but also women who act as a clear role model to future generations,”  said Julie Nollet, marketing and  communications director, Moët Hennessy UK. 

“We are asking the public to nominate inspirational women who have influenced them; businesswomen that can encourage others to start a business or motivate the next generation to lead our biggest businesses. 

“Madame Clicquot was an exceptional female entrepreneur, and through these awards we keep her legacy alive by celebrating those who embody her trailblazing attitude and success that she achieved in disrupting champagne production.”

Jude Kelly added: “Winning the first ever Veuve Clicquot Social Purpose Award last year has given me an incredible platform to spread the word about what we are doing at Southbank Centre – in particular, our WOW festivals – and hopefully inspire other female business leaders.

“I want to use the momentum and enlarged community created by the awards to help support other woman and develop the next generation of businesses with social purpose at their heart.  

“I can’t wait to see who this year’s round of awards brings to the forefront.”

Veuve Clicquot owes its extraordinary reputation to a remarkable modern woman: Madame Clicquot. Married in 1798 to François Clicquot, owner of a Champagne business, at 27 she was widowed and took over the company.

Her innovative spirit was soon apparent when in 1810 she produced the first vintage wine of the Champagne region and later invented the first “riddling table” in 1816, as a way to clarify it.  

Adopted across the Champagne region, this method is still used today by all Houses. 

This year the awards for Business Woman, New Generation and Social Purpose will culminate in three exceptional females being honoured at a prestigious ceremony in London next May.

Judges for the 2018 Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award come from a mixture of past winners, as well as industry titans and networkers.

For more details visit Veuve Clicquot’s website and join the conversation online: on Facebook – Veuve Clicquot, Twitter @VeuveClicquotUK and Instagram @VeuveClicquotUK #veuveclicquotbwa #bwainspire 

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