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by on March 11, 2014

Finalists for the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award have been announced. In its 42nd year, the awards are widely regarded as the ‘Oscars’ of female entrepreneurs and business leaders.

This year, the finalists come from large UK businesses, with the judges noting that all have made significant positive change and impact to the organisations which they lead.

The finalists are, in alphabetical order by surname:

  • Karen Blackett, CEO, MediaCom UK
  • Harriet Green, CEO, Thomas Cook
  • Jane Shepherdson, CEO, Whistles

VEUVEAll finalists selected by the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award judging panel demonstrated the strongest evidence of satisfying all nomination criteria. Notable achievements include Karen Blackett’s leading approach to opening new routes for talent into the media industry via MediaCom’s apprenticeship scheme, Harriet Green’s ongoing transformation of Thomas Cook putting customers back at the heart of the business and developing a   compelling digital strategy, and Jane Shepherdson’s stewardship of Whistles, making it an international brand as well as creating a strong online presence.

Finalists for the New Generation Award have also been announced. In it’s second year, the award, which runs alongside the established Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award, aims to celebrate up and coming female entrepreneurial talent in the UK.

The finalists are:

  • Jenny Dawson, Founder, Rubies in the Rubble
  • Melissa Morris, Founder & CEO, Network Locum  
  • Sharmadean Reid, Founder, WAH Nails

Mirroring the early years of Madame Clicquot, who at 27, took over the House of Veuve Clicquot, the winner of this award demonstrates a fearless approach to optimising a gap in today’s market and to bring an innovative offer and approach to business.

Notable achievements include Jenny Dawson’s innovative approach to finding a solution to food waste through the production of jams and preserves, the identification of a need within a public service via Melissa Morris’ Network Locum and Sharmadean Reid’s revolution of the nail art industry with WAH Nails.
The winner of both awards will be announced on the 12th May 2014 at a high-profile Veuve Clicquot reception in The Ballroom at Claridge’s. The award’s 20-strong judging panel is comprised of business leaders from various industries, including, Jasmine Whitbread, CEO Save the Children, Luke Johnson, Chairman, Risk Capital Partners, Shaa Wasmund, Founder, Smarta.com, Caroline Michel, CEO, Peters, Frasers & Dunlop as well as Sian Westerman, MD, Rothschild.

Christina Jesaitis, Senior Brand Manager, Veuve Clicquot commented:

“We have a very strong line up across both categories, which really reflects where the issue of women in business is today. It is important that these women are celebrated not least because of their achievements, but also as a catalyst to inspire future generations of female entrepreneurs and CEOs. Madame Clicquot was one of the world’s first female entrepreneurs and even in the 19th century, demonstrated tremendous business acumen, innovation and desire to succeed. It is fantastic to see that all of our nominees exhibit these same values over one hundred years later.”

The Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award celebrates women who have made a significant contribution to business life in the UK. The Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award nomination criteria are those ideals epitomised by Madame Clicquot: Entrepreneurship, financial success, Corporate Social Responsibility and acting as a role model.
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 businesswomen worldwide who share the same qualities as Madame Clicquot; her enterprising spirit, her courage and the determination necessary to accomplish her aims.

For background information on the Award and in order to nominate please go to: http://veuveclicquotaward.com/nominatenow/