Finalists announced for first Veuve Clicquot New Generation Award

The Finalists span a wide range of sectors and businesses, from technology and computer coding to healthy fruit snacks as well as food waste, demonstrating the breadth of up-and-coming female entrepreneurial talent in the UK.

The finalists are:

· Jenny Dawson, Rubies in the Rubble
· Hayley Gait-Golding, Bear Nibbles
· Kathryn Parsons, DeCoded

Mirroring the early years of Mme Clicquot, who at 27 took over the House of Veuve Clicquot, the winner of this new award will demonstrate a fearless approach to ensuring their creative vision can grow as their business expands

All finalists selected by the Veuve Clicquot New Generation Award judging panel demonstrated the strongest evidence of satisfying all nomination criteria. Notable achievements included Jenny Dawson’s innovative approach to finding a solution to sustaining food waste alongside tackling the issue of local unemployment, Kathryn Parson’s foresight in developing an offer to help up skill workforces in business’ newest language, coding, as well as Hayley Gait-Golding’s business success in the creation of a brand that has become the fastest growing fruit snack brand in the UK.

Sian Westerman, a member of the judging panel and Managing Director at Rothschild comments: “It’s excellent to see young women developing successful businesses, especially in this tough economic climate. The work Kathryn Parsons is doing to help people learn and understand the complicated language of technology is so important in driving forward the next generation’s ability to take advantage of technological developments and know how. What Hayley Gait-Golding and Jenny Dawson are doing to bring healthy foods to us whilst also contributing to the sustainable economy is inspiring and clever. These women are assets to their generation and I hope their work will inspire more women in their 20s and 30s to follow in their footsteps in coming up with innovative ideas which they translate in to successful businesses.”

The winner of the Veuve Clicquot New Generation Award will be announced in mid April 2013 and celebrated along with the unveiling of the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award winner for this year at a high-profile Champagne reception at The Ballroom at Claridge’s, London.

The Award’s 20-strong judging panel is comprised of business leaders, including, Jasmine Whitbread, CEO Save the Children, Duncan Bannatyne, Entrepreneur and BBC Dragon, Caroline Michel, CEO, Peters, Frasers and Dunlop as well as Sian Westerman, MD, Rothschild and other key industry experts.

The Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award, now in its 41st year, celebrates entrepreneurial 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.

Paul Jones

Editor of Business Matters, the UKs largest business magazine

Editor of Business Matters, the UKs largest business magazine