Nominations are now open for the 2021 Bold Woman by Veuve Clicquot awards.
The prestigious awards celebrate incredible British female entrepreneurs. Created in 1972, The Bold Woman Award by Veuve Clicquot is the first and longest-running international award of its kind, with this year marking its 49th year. The award has so far honoured 350 women worldwide.
The awards continue to take inspiration from a woman whose tenacity and creativity led to entrepreneurial success, Madame Clicquot. In 1805, at the age of twenty-seven years old she went on to revolutionise an entire industry, despite a lack of female role models and combatting numerous obstacles she took the Veuve Clicquot brand to the successful champagne house we know today. A massive achievement in a time when women couldn’t open their own bank account, let alone independently own or run businesses.
The Bold Woman Awards comprises two award categories: the Bold Woman Award and the Bold Future Award. Nominees can enter by registering themselves and completing an entry via the Veuve Clicquot website.
Bold Woman Award
The award celebrates female entrepreneurship and leadership, counting Anne Pitcher, Group MD of Selfridges, Liv Garfield, CEO at Severn Trent, and Jo Whitfield, CEO of Co-op Food, as past winners. 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 Bold Woman Award aims to honour women that have a track record of success within their organisation and personal achievements but also actively inspire other women to follow in their footsteps. It is open to women leading all types of organisations including private, charity and not-for-profit, providing they have been in the role for more than three years.
Bold Future Award
The Bold Future Award honours female entrepreneurs who demonstrate Madame Clicquot’s enterprising spirit and courage as well as first-class innovation. Past winners include Celia Pool, Co-Founder of DAME, Poppy Gustafsson OBE, co-CEO of Darktrace, and Stephanie Alys, Founder of MysteryVibe.
It is open to female founders of companies that have launched in the last five years. 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 a new offer to market or revolutionising the face of the market itself.
Social responsibility is a core tenet of modern business and as such nominees for both categories must be able to show tangible evidence of positive social, ethical or environmental impact or activities.
Speaking about the awards, Jean-Marc Gallot, President of Veuve Clicquot, said, “Following a year like no other, female entrepreneurs find themselves in a new landscape which presents both challenges and opportunities.”
“In the 49th year of the Award, we are passionate about celebrating women who are pushing boundaries and doing incredible things in business, within an uncertain climate.”
“We want to celebrate the successes of these women and continue to inspire future entrepreneurs to dare to be bold, just as Madame Clicquot did.”
To nominate yourself for an award, click here. You will find detailed criteria for each award and online application forms.
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