Since 1972, the awards have recognised women pioneering different aspects of business today and celebrates those who share the same qualities as Madame Clicquot, an original trailblazer: her enterprising spirit, as well as her courage and the determination necessary to accomplish her business goals.

Jo Whitfield
CEO, Co-op Food
Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award

"This is such a prestigious award and I am genuinely thrilled to have won.  It is an amazing way to champion the success of business women worldwide. There are still opportunities needed in many workplaces to match the diversity of modern society. That is why I felt it important to launch a new network, Grocery Girls, to develop and foster female talent in the Grocery sector.
I’m so pleased to have been awarded this honour, which is also great recognition for my colleagues at the Co-op. Our convenience business is growing ahead of the market and we’ve shown that you can be successful by doing good business and go on to do good things in community with the money you make.
I’m proud to lead a business that gives back £39M to local causes, has the lowest plastic footprint of any retailer and is innovating for customers with pay-in-aisle technology and home deliveries on eco-bikes."

Sherry Coutu CBE
Founder, Founders4Schools
Veuve Clicquot Social Purpose Award

"I am thrilled to receive the Social Purpose Award from Veuve Clicquot for my work at Founders4schools and Workfinder. It has been such an immense privilege to work with amazing colleagues and friends to help bring about change and I love seeing what happens when our technologies facilitate communities acting together on issues they care about.
Businesses need young talent with experience of the workplace in order to flourish and their employees benefit from hosting work experience and from speaking to students in classrooms. I firmly believe we can make work experience work for everyone and thereby reduce inequality and promote inclusive prosperity.”

Poppy Gustafsson
Co-founder and CEO, Darktrace
Veuve Clicquot New Generation Award

“I am honoured to receive the New Generation Award from Veuve Clicquot. The phenomenal success that Darktrace is experiencing is testament to the passion, fearlessness and hard work of our brilliant team of 900 employees, as well as the fundamental innovation behind our autonomous fight back technology.”

Chrissie Rucker 
Founder, The White Company
Veuve Clicquot Tribute Award 

"I have always thought of the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Awards as being one of the most prestigious (almost the Oscars for women in business!). It’s wonderful that it celebrates the breadth of our new up-and-coming stars as well as the more established businesses. It has taken a massive team effort to get where we are today, I cannot thank my incredible team both of today and over the years enough, for making it all happen.
I hope we can all play a small part in helping to inspire the next generation of future female leaders, just as Madame Clicquot has done for so many years."

Related articles


Introducing the New Makers : @missmaggieskitchen Our mission is to inspire people to live a bigger life, a more exciting life. Those New Makers are inspiring as they give themselves the chance to make their dreams a reality. They do not hesitate to shake the pre-established codes of their category. They constantly invent and reinvent themselves. Male or female, they come from all over the world, from all generations. They are game-changers, they are shaping the future with true optimism, they own an authentic voice.