EMBARGOED UNTIL 00.01 TUESDAY 29th MARCH, 2011 ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE WINNER THE VEUVE CLICQUOT BUSINESS WOMAN AWARD 2011 Veuve Clicquot Champagne announces the winner of the 38th Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award at a champagne reception held at Claridge’s, London. Lord Myners announced as keynote speaker THE WINNER Michelle McDowell MBE, Chair, Civil and Structural Engineering, BDP As the Chair of Civil and Structural Engineering, BDP, Michelle has been responsible for some of BDP’s biggest and most high profile projects including the £70 million redevelopment of the Royal Albert Hall, and significantly growing the business to its current £96 million turnover. In addition to commercial success, Michelle has also ensured that social and environmental responsibility is at the core of her work. She recently served as an industry expert on a Government Innovation and Growth Team contributing to the ‘Low Carbon Construction’ report published in November 2010. The final report was drawn from across the UK construction industry to consider how it can rise to the challenge of the low carbon agenda and the need to reduce emissions by 80% by 2050. Her significant work in championing engineering as a career for all has also led to the creation of a BDP scheme at Murray Edwards College, Cambridge University to provide bursaries to female students of engineering. In addition, she was a judge for two years running for the Inspire Award for Women in the Built Environment. Not only has she shown considerable business success, BDP is also regarded as being at the forefront of the industry due to its use of the innovative design tool, ‘Building Information Modelling’ (BIM). Consequently, in 2010, BDP was back at the top of the AJ100 (The Architects’ Journal’s exclusive survey of Britain’s 100 most successful architecture firms) list as the UK’s largest practice after only a year’s absence. Having topped the list longer than any other practice, BDP was praised for consciously diversifying both in terms of sector and geography. Michelle McDowell, on receiving her award, said: “I am deeply honoured to receive this award today. Looking at past winners and indeed my fellow nominees, I am delighted to follow in the footsteps of such an esteemed list of highly talented business people who are an inspiration to women everywhere. I see my role as this year’s winner to hopefully inspire and act as a mentor for women in what is historically a male dominated industry and wider business world.” Elsa Corbineau, Brand Director of Veuve Clicquot said: “We are delighted that the judges have selected a winner who fully embraces the nature of the awards and can provide inspiration for other up and coming entrepreneurs. Michelle has proven that commercial success can be achieved alongside acting as an ethical business and it is wonderful to see a stand out business woman actively championing the next generation of female entrepreneurs.” THE FINALISTS • Susie Hewson, Director of feminine hygiene brand, Natracare • Jillian MacLean, Founder and Managing Director of restaurant group, Drake & Morgan • Joanna Shields, EMEA Vice-President of social networking site, Facebook KEY FACES ATTENDING Lord and Lady Myners - Zaha Hadid - Petra Ecclestone - Amanda Wakeley - The Rt Hon. Theresa May MP - Melissa Odabash - Julie Meyer - Stephen Quinn - Baroness Virginia Bottomley - Martha Lane-Fox - Duncan Bannatyne - Geordie Greig - Marie Helvin - Daniella Helayel - Nancy Dell'Olio - Dame Kelly Holmes - Kelly Hoppen - Sir Rocco Forte - Caroline Stanbury - Nicky Haslam - Solange Azagury-Partridge – Jodie Kidd -ENDS- EDITORS NOTES: For further information please contact: Rebecca Williams Red Consultancy Phone: 07545 933 687 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Genavieve Alexander PR Manager Veuve Clicquot UK T/ 0207 245 4223 Email: email@example.com The prize is a silver trophy shaped as a La Grande Dame bottle, a special vintage produced from the vineyards exclusively owned by Madame Clicquot during her lifetime. The winner will also take a unique trip to Reims the home of Veuve Clicquot together with the laureates from other countries to christen a vine in her own name at the International Business Woman Forum. As a friend of the widow Madame Clicquot, she will then receive a gift of champagne from her own vine every birthday for life. All nominees must be based in the UK. Veuve Clicquot’s gratitude to the winning nominator will be marked by a gift of a case of Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame 1998. The Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award is now operating in 16 countries, in line with the international scope of Veuve Clicquot which exports more than 90% of its turnover outside of France in more than 150 countries. It was founded in 1972 for the houses bi-centenary as a tribute to Madame Clicquot, the founder of Veuve Clicquot. Madame Clicquot was a pioneering business woman, possibly the first of her time. Through her talent as an oenologist and businesswoman she became known as ‘The Grande Dame of Champagne’. The award reflects the values and qualities of Madame Clicquot. Widowed in 1805 at the age of 28, Madame Clicquot took over the family business. She was a woman of tremendous vision in establishing Veuve Clicquot as one of the finest champagne houses. Highlights of her innovation and entrepreneurship: 1814: Madame Clicquot shipped 10,000 bottles to Russia 1816: Invented ‘remuage’ a system now adopted by all champagne houses for removing sediment. Veuve Clicquot’s Commitment to supporting Sustainable Economic Development inspired a new project and award in 2006 by then President Cecile Bonnefond ‘The Veuve Clicquot Initiative for Economic Development’. 2009 Winner Natalie Killassy was recognised for her pioneering business ‘Stitch Wise’ which provides supplies safety material for ultra deep mining. Bio available Environmental and Social Commitment – Veuve Clicquot have specifically implemented several processes, highlights include: • Sustainable Viticulture – reduced water usage by 42% • Awarded ISO 14001 for performance in protecting the environment recognising it has put in place an advanced Environmental Management System • All employees of Veuve Clicquot are committed to preserving traditional skills and partner with key educational institutions establishing training and apprenticeship programmes.