About the Award
Created in 1972 as a tribute to Madame Clicquot, the annual Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award champions the success of business women worldwide who share the same qualities as Madame Clicquot: Her enterprising spirit, her courage and the determination necessary to accomplish her aims. Highly prized and sought after, it is the first international award created specifically to recognise the contribution that women have made to business life and is now regarded as the “Oscar” for female entrepreneurs and business leaders.
Consistent with the company’s international scope, the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award is now awarded in 27 countries. In the United Kingdom, the award celebrates the best of British female talent in business. Previous winners include Harriet Green, Dame Zaha Hadid DBE, Anya Hindmarch MBE, Michelle McDowell MBE FREng, Laura Tenison MBE, Carolyn McCall OBE, Patricia Vaz OBE, Anita Roddick DBE, Linda Bennett OBE.
About Madame Clicquot
Veuve Clicquot owes its extraordinary reputation to a remarkably 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 and was one of the first women to lead a company of men. Proud, stubborn and strong-willed, she overcame the climatic uncertainties of arid land and always demanded “only one quality, the finest.”
An ambitious visionary and known by her peers as “La Grande Dame de la Champagne, ” Madame Clicquot demonstrated her innovative spirit in 1810 by producing the first vintage wine of the Champagne region. With her daring, avant-garde ideals, she 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. Madame Clicquot also used the red wines from her Bouzy vineyards in 1818 to produce the very first Rosé blend in Champagne.