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Each year the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award honours an outstanding Australian business woman who embodies the values of Veuve Clicquot and its pioneering entrepreneur, Madame Clicquot.

On March 8, International Women’s Day, Sarah-Jane Clarke and Heidi Middleton, co-founders and co-directors of sass & bide, were announced as the Australian winners of the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award 2010. The announcement was made by the global president of Veuve Clicquot, Stéphane Baschiera, at the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award lunch in Sydney, attended by some of Australia’s most powerful and successful business leaders. Janet Holmes à Court, a previous winner of the Award and chair of the Australian judging panel, believes Sarah-Jane Clarke and Heidi Middleton are outstanding winners of the Award. “Madame Clicquot was an innovator with global ambitions; creative, brave, tenacious, unconventional and ahead of her time.” said Janet Holmes à Court. “These are qualities the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award recognizes and celebrates, and which Sarah-Jane and Heidi possess in abundance.”

PRESS RELEASE March 10, 2010
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An interview with Sarah-Jane Clarke and Heidi Middleton, co-founders and co-directors of sass & bide, Australian winners of the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award 2010...

PRESS RELEASE March 8, 2010
SARAH-JANE CLARKE AND HEIDI MIDDLETON WIN THE VEUVE CLICQUOT BUSINESS WOMAN AWARD 2010
Today, on International Women’s Day, Sarah-Jane Clarke and Heidi Middleton, co-founders and co-directors of sass & bide, were announced as the Australian winners of the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award 2010...

PRESS RELEASE March 1, 2010
INCREDIBLE LINE-UP OF FINALISTS ANNOUNCED FOR THE VEUVE CLICQUOT BUSINESS WOMAN AWARD 2010
The judges of the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award today released the amazing list of Australian finalists for the 2010 Award...


A truly international award celebrated in 17 countries, 2010 will be the sixth consecutive year of the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award in Australia. Past winners include Mandy Foley-Quin, CEO of Stedman’s Hospitality; Elizabeth Ann Macgregor, Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art; oil tanker captain, the late Suzannah Vaughan; Sarina Bratton, founder of Orion Expedition Cruises; and Wendy Erhart, co-founder of Withcott Seedlings. These five Australian women are now ‘friends of the widow’, a select international group celebrating outstanding achievements in business.

A panel of esteemed judges including Justice Annabelle Bennett AO, Deeta Colvin, Colette Garnsey, Janet Holmes à Court AC, David Murray AO, Marilynne Paspaley AM, James Paton and Alison Watkins determine who will be the winner of this distinguished award for women in business, based on the Award criteria.

The Australian winner of the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award will be announced on International Women’s Day, March 8, 2010. The winner will be presented with the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award silver trophy, six magnums of Veuve Clicquot yellow label brut and a business class ticket, or two premium economy tickets, to France to attend the 2010 International Businesswomen’s Forum in Reims. A vine will be dedicated to her and each year, on Madame Clicquot’s birthday, the winner will receive a gift of Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame champagne to celebrate in style. The nominator of the winner is not forgotten and will receive a jeroboam of Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Brut.


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