March 30th 2005.
Carole Nash, founder and executive chair of the UK's market-leading motorcycle insurance specialist, has today been named among a nationwide shortlist of five for the Veuve Clicquot Award.
Reported as 'the most prestigious UK business award for women', the Veuve Clicquot title has a long track-record for identifying and acknowledging the success of high-flying female entrepreneurs. Past winners include Anita Roddick (Body Shop), Barbara Cassani (Go Fly), Ann Gloag (Stagecoach Holdings) Nicola Foulston (Brands Hatch Leisure) and Anne Wood (Ragdoll Productions). Carole will be hoping to inherit the title from 2004 winner, Linda Bennett, founder and managing director of the 45-store footwear and fashion chain, LK Bennett.
"It's a great honour just to reach the shortlist," commented Altrincham-based Carole, "so winning it would really be the icing on the cake. I'm delighted not just for myself but my superb management team and hardworking staff who have helped make Carole Nash such a dynamic, successful and fun business."
John West, Veuve Clicquot's brand director, added: "The Veuve Clicquot Award is inspired by the accomplishments of Madame Clicquot - the first great business woman. This year's finalists all share her bold approach, having dared to create their own successful businesses in a diverse range of sectors. They join a 32-year long line of extraordinary businesswomen, and we are delighted to celebrate their achievements."
Carole's success in reaching the final follows her company's phenomenal success. She founded the company in 1985 with no more than a £2,500 redundancy cheque, a dining room table and a passion for serving vintage motorcyclists who were covered under a small scheme she inherited from her former employers.
Carole Nash is now a market-leading insurance specialist, providing cover for modern, classic and vintage motorcycles. As well as being the UK's largest independent motorcycle security fitter, the company is a major player in the classic car insurance market and has recently moved into the mainstream car and household sectors.
Due to celebrate its 20th anniversary later this year, Carole Nash has captured around 25 per cent of the UK motorcycle insurance market, employs nearly 400 staff, and generates an annual income of more than £70m.
The winner of the Veuve Clicquot Award will be announced on Thursday April 28th, at London's Claridge's, to be presented by TV war correspondent and author, Michael Buerk.
For further details of the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman of the Year Award visit
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