May 9, 2017

Alison Brittain named Veuve Clicquot Business Woman of 2017

Alison Brittain, chief executive of Whitbread, has been named as Veuve Clicquot's business woman of 2017. The Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award was created in 1972 as a tribute to Madame Clicquot, who in the early 19th Century developed modern champagne-making techniques and established the Veuve Clicquot brand. As this year's winner, Ms Brittain will visit Veuve Clicquot in France, where she will have a vine named after her. Veuve Clicquot - La Grande Dame de la ChampagneBarbe-Nicole Clicquot was widowed in 1804, at the age of 27.She inherited her husband's business interests in banking, wool trading and champagne production. Alice Bentinck, the founder of Entrepreneur First, a investment programme for start-ups, received the Veuve Clicquot New Generation Award.

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