Today, Veuve Clicquot has launched its quest to find the recipient of the 2019 Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award.
Nominations are open for all three award categories; the longstanding Business Woman Award, New Generation Award and Social Purpose Award.
The award, which counts Liv Garfield, CEO of Severn Trent, Anya Hindmarch MBE and Alison Brittain, CEO Whitbread as past winners, celebrates the success of businesswomen worldwide. It is awarded to those who share the same qualities as Madame Clicquot: her enterprising spirit, her courage and the determination necessary to accomplish her business goals.
Last year saw the second ever Veuve Clicquot Social Purpose Award awarded to Amanda Nevill CBE, CEO of the British Film Institute (BFI). In 2019, this award will again aim to celebrate businesswomen championing social purpose beyond their core business case. This award mirrors Madame Clicquot’s passion for creating and curating strong, long standing business relationships, loyalty, and a commitment to business beyond profit.
The Veuve Clicquot New Generation Award continues to be synonymous with unearthing and celebrating exciting new female talent in the UK. It recognises the success and vision of female entrepreneurs between the ages of 25 and 35, with the winner reflecting the core attributes that Madame Clicquot exhibited in her formative years, such as a fearless approach and innovative thinking to achieve her goals. Last year’s winner was Stephanie Alys, founder of MysteryVibe, who was recognised for her work leading a revolution in the sextech industry, breaking down barriers and social taboos.
Stephanie Alys (pictured above), founder of Mystery Vibe, commented: “Winning the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman New Generation Award last year was an incredible milestone not only for MysteryVibe, but for the entire sextech community. Being recognised by such a prestigious award validates the potential for growth in this sector and the importance of conversations surrounding pleasure and sexual health.
I’m excited for the next group of fierce women creators, innovators and rebels to have their moment in the spotlight. We’re at such a pivotal time for female-powered change, and while it can sometimes feel like a grind, it’s vital to pause, reflect and celebrate our achievements.
Julie Nollet, Marketing & Communications Director, Moët Hennessy UK, commented: “We are so pleased to be opening up public nominations for this year’s Business Woman Awards. Now in it’s 48th year, the awards celebrate ambitious women and their achievements, as well as shining a spotlight on them as role models to inspire the next generation of businesswomen.
Every year we ask the public to put forward those female business leaders who have inspired them; those who embody the trailblazing attitude and success that our founder, Madame Clicquot achieved in disrupting champagne production.”
Veuve Clicquot owes its extraordinary reputation to a remarkable modern woman: Madame Clicquot. Married in 1798 to François Clicquot, owner of a Champagne business, and widowed at 27, she took control of the business. Madame Clicquot demonstrated her innovative spirit in 1810 by producing the first vintage wine of the Champagne region and later invented the first “riddling table” in 1816, as a way to clarify Champagne. Adopted across the Champagne region, this method is still used today by all Houses.
The call for nominations for the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award, New Generation Award and Social Purpose Award acts as the starting point in the search for the best female business talent
in the UK. This will result in up to three exceptional women being awarded at a prestigious event in London in May 2019.
To enter someone for the award, please visit www.veuveclicquot.com for the detailed criteria forms and online application forms.
Judges for the 2019 Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award come from a mixture of past winner and industry titans and networkers including Vanessa Kingori, Publishing Director at Vogue, Julia Pittam, Senior Broadcast Journalist at the the BBC and Kathryn Parsons, Previous New Generation Award Winner and Founder and CEO of Decoded.