Veuve Clicquot unveils Business Woman Award finalist shortlist

Signifying the growth and success from a range of UK businesses’ the shortlist is from a broad mix of industry sectors:

Katherine Garrett-Cox, CEO, Alliance Trust
Julia Peyton-Jones, Director of Serpentine Galleries
Justine Roberts, Founder and CEO, Mumsnet

All finalists selected by the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award judging panel demonstrated the strongest evidence of satisfying all nomination criteria.

Notable achievements include Katherine Garrett-Cox’s clear and ongoing success in the financial sector and her role as a champion of UK business on a global stage at Davos, Julia Peyton-Jones’ transformation of the Serpentine Gallery and creation of a new model of arts funding in Europe, and Justine Roberts’ creation of Mumsnet, who celebrates its 15th anniversary this year, becoming the most influential network for parents in the UK.

Finalists for the third Veuve Clicquot New Generation Award were also announced today. The latest category aims to recognise up-and-coming female entrepreneurial talent in the UK. This year’s finalists demonstrate the breadth of young female entrepreneurial talent, with backgrounds as diverse as eco fashion, gaming for social good and consumer electronics.

The finalists are, in alphabetical order:

Emily Brooke, Founder, Blaze
Jude Ower, Founder, Playmob
Smruti Sriram, Director, Supreme Creations

Taking over the House of Veuve Clicquot at just 27, Mme Clicquot exhibited a fearless approach to creative vision and business expansion, and this year’s winner will be no different.

All finalists selected by the Veuve Clicquot New Generation Award judging panel demonstrated impressive evidence satisfying all areas of nomination criteria, including entrepreneurship, innovation and a strong sense of corporate social responsibility.

Notable achievements included Emily Brooke’s innovative solution to safer night time cycling, Jude Ower taking the lead in the gaming for social good industry, as well as Smruti Sriram’s dedication to ethical supply chains, and female employment.

Lorraine Larmer, Senior PR & Communications Manager, Veuve Clicquot comments: “The wealth of female business talent in the UK is huge and something that should be encouraged. Both award categories allow us to celebrate not only the titans of British business but also those that have identified an opportunity and are future game changers.

Madame Clicquot was the first globally recognised female entrepreneur and even over one hundred years ago, demonstrated tremendous business acumen, innovation and desire to succeed – something that is fantastic to see in our nominees today.”

The winner of both awards will be announced on the 11th May 2015 at a reception in The Ballroom at Claridge’s. The award’s high-profile judging panel is comprised of business leaders from various industries, including, Carolyn McCall, CEO, EasyJet, Harriet Green, ex-CEO Thomas Cook, Luke Johnson, Chairman, Risk Capital Partners, Shaa Wasmund, Founder,, Caroline Michel, CEO, Peters, Frasers & Dunlop as well as Ruth Rogers, River Cafe.

Carolyn McCall, CEO, easyjet and previous winner of the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award and judging panel member, noted: “This award really showcases the range of female business talent and all the nominees are great role models for women in the world of business. Mme Clicquot would be proud of their determination, spirit and achievements. Encouraging entrepreneurial spirit in young women, and providing role models for future female business leaders is vital and this award is a great celebration of this purpose.”