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Prize History

Madame Clicquot was a trailblazer of her time. Widowed, in October 1805, she single-handedly took on her late husband’s champagne business, and went on to pioneer several industry innovations whilst demonstrating her unparalleled creative dexterity.

Created in 1972 as a tribute to Madame Clicquot and now operating in 27 countries, the annual Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award champions the success of business women worldwide who share the same qualities as her; her enterprising spirit, her courage and the determination necessary to accomplish her aims.

In the UK, the VC BWA is the first and longest-running award, celebrating female British talent at a ceremony held in London each year in May. Previous winners include Dame Marjorie Scardino DBE FRSA, Anya Hindmarch MBE and Alisson Brittain, CEO Whitbread.

Categories to award bold business women

The Business Woman Award

Created in 1972 as a tribute to Madame Clicquot, the award champions successful business women who share the same qualities as her. Highly prized and sought after, it is the first international award created to recognise the contribution that women have made to business.

The New generation award

The New Generation Award (or “Prix Clémentine” in French) was established in 2014, recognizing the new generation of woman entrepreneurs that Veuve Clicquot sees as the next formidable generation of business women.

The Social Purpose Award

The Veuve Clicquot Social Purpose Award celebrates business women that place social purpose at the heart of their company, non profit organisation or social enterprise and as a result have a positive impact on society.

Business Woman Award

Criteria

ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT

Founder or director of an activity based in her country. Driving force behind the company’s success due to a pioneering approach. Excellent business sense, dynamism, innovation, daring and adventure.

A SUCCESSFUL ECONOMIC MODEL

Profitable growth sustained for several years, with a healthy balance sheet. Value creation attributable to the visionary management of its director.

A RESPONSIBLE BUSINESS

True commitment of the candidate to responsible and sustainable business practices such as a carefully considered environmental policy. A concern for the quality of employees’ working lives and for healthy teamwork, as well as for diversity in the workplace and generous employee benefits.

A COMMITTED DIRECTOR

Supporting, planning, pushing the envelope and demonstrating the ability to motivate employees and partners.

New Generation Award

Criteria

A SENSE OF INNOVATION

Uncommon intuition to create a creative and adventurous business that’s in keeping with the times, has plugged a gap in today’s market and offered a new service.

AN INTUITIVE ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT

Founder or director of a visionary activity based in her country. Possessing a dynamic personality, a keen sense of adaptability and tremendous dedication.

CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

Commitment to responsible business practices such as a sustainable environmental policy at the heart of the company’s activity, the well-being of its employees, work spaces that encourage motivation and creativity, the development of talent and a healthy work – life balance.

Social Purpose

Criteria

Social Mission

The core mission of the company is to have a positive impact on society which is driven by the nominee.

Entrepreneurship

The nominee needs to showcase an entrepreneurial approach to the implementation of their organisation’s social mission.

Viability

The organisation needs to be running successfully for at least five years.

Business Woman Award
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