The finalists for the 2020 UK Bold Woman Award by Veuve Clicquot have been announced on International Women’s Day. Aimed at honouring the impact of female leaders and entrepreneurs across the UK, the award is a modern evolution of the Business Woman Award which has been running since 1972 and was first and longest-running international accolade of its kind.

The awards continue to take inspiration from a woman whose tenacity and creativity led to entrepreneurial success, Madame Clicquot.

The 2020 edition is comprised of two categories: the Bold Woman Award and the Bold Future Award. 

Bold Woman Award
This award celebrates female leadership, honouring inspirational women with a track record of organisational and personal success. It is awarded to those who share the same qualities as Madame Clicquot: her enterprising spirit, her courage and the determination necessary to accomplish the transformation of her field.

The finalists selected by the panel of judges are:
Anne Boden MBE, CEO & Founder of Starling Bank
Anne Pitcher, Group MD of Selfridges
Vania Leles, Founder of Vanleles Diamonds

The judging panel was impressed by Anne Boden’s achievement in becoming the first-ever British woman to start a bank and her commitment to ethical banking practices. With Anne Pitcher, panellists noted her innovation to grow the business in a tough retail market as well as her ongoing commitment to sustainability. Finally, the panel believed Vania Leles would be a worthy finalist thanks to her sustained growth in a male dominated industry, with an unwavering commitment to the ethical sourcing of gemstones.

Bold Future Award
The Bold Future Award, formerly known as the New Generation Award, was introduced in 2013 to celebrate innovative female entrepreneurship. Having been revived to recognise entrepreneurs of all ages, the winner of the Bold Future Award will emulate Madame Clicquot’s values of innovation, audacity, fearlessness and drive to act in the moment to optimise a gap in today’s market, by bringing in a new offer or revolutionising the face of the market itself.

The finalists for the Bold Future Award are:
Michelle Kennedy, Co-founder & CEO of Peanut
Celia Pool, Co-founder of DAME
Ella Goldner, Co-founder of Zinc VC

Michelle’s Kennedy was chosen by the panel for her work in tackling tough topics such as infertility and loneliness in motherhood through continued innovation. Judges commented that Celia Pool’s work in innovating sanitary products is not only helping reduce plastic pollution but is also contributing to better health for women. Finally, panellists were impressed by the fresh approach of Ella Goldner’s business and her ability to mobilise and organise the best talent to tackle societal problems.

The award’s judging panel is comprised of a mixture of industry titans and networkers including:
- Kristina Blahnik, CEO of Manolo Blahnik
- Vanessa Kingori, Publishing Director of British Vogue
- Pip Jamieson, Founder of The Dots
- Sian Westerman, Co-Chair at British Fashion Council Trust
- Moira Benigson, Founder of MBS Group. 

The winners will be announced later this year, date to be confirmed.  


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