London Stock Exchange welcomes Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award celebrating International Women's Day 2018

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 the most established award for female entrepreneurs and business leaders in the world.

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.

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 Dame Zaha Hadid DBE, Carolyn McCall OBE, Anya Hindmarch Laura Tenison MBE, Anita Roddick DBE, Linda Bennett OBE.

In 2013, the Veuve Clicquot New Generation Award was introduced to recognise the pioneers of tomorrow's successful businesses and today, continues to be synonymous with unearthing and celebrating exciting new female talent in the UK. The award focuses on the innovation behind a business and how that is set to change a sector. The shortlist reflects 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, Veuve Clicquot introduced the Veuve Clicquot Social Purpose Award which aims to celebrate businesswomen championing social purpose beyond their core business case. This award mirrors Madame Clicquot’s passion for creating and curating strong, longstanding business relationships, loyalty, and a commitment to business beyond profit. The inaugural winner of the award was Jude Kelly, Creative Director at The Southbank Centre.

Julie Nollet, Marketing & Communication Director, Moët Hennessy UK, commented:
"We are thrilled to announce the shortlist for the 2018 Business Woman Awards on International Women's Day. The nominees for this year reflect the vast achievements being made by women in business in the UK today – made especially poignant in the year that we mark the centenary of the suffrage act. Our founder Madame Clicquot achieved the impossible by being one of the first female entrepreneurs the world had ever seen, and we are proud to continue honouring her extraordinary business acumen, innovation and desire to succeed. It is incredible to see that all of our nominees exhibit these same attributes over two hundred years later."