History of The Award

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 Alison Brittain, CEO Whitbread.