Date: Thursday 27 November, 19.00 - 22.30Where: May Fair Hotel, London W1J 8LT Cost members: £100+VAT per person; £900+VAT for a table of 10 Cost non-members: £120+VAT per personChampagne partner: Vranken PommeryWine partners: Les Vins de Graves, Les Vins de Pessac-Léognan, Les Vins du Médoc
We are delighted to announce the winners of this year's Franco-British Business Awards:
SME/Entrepreneur Award: Merci MamanSince 2007 Merci Maman has been creating personalised jewellery. Each piece is hand engraved with their French cursive writing to make it truly uniquewww.mercimamanboutique.com
Innovation Award: ARMARM designs the technology that lies at the heart of advanced digital products, from wireless, networking and consumer entertainment solutions to imaging, automotive, security and storage devices. ARM’s DNA resides in offering to the consumer’s innovative low power technologies enabling new classes of usage and better experiencewww.arm.com
Large Corporate Award: Saint-GobainSaint-Gobain is a world leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of construction materials, delivering innovative and sustainable solutions with tomorrow in mind. Saint-Gobain provides high performance products for all areas of the built environmentwww.saint-gobain.co.uk
Jury Award: HSBCHeadquartered in London, HSBC is one the largest banking and financial services organisations in the world. With around 6,300 offices in both established and faster-growing markets, we aim to be where the growth is, connecting customers to opportunities, enabling businesses to thrive and economies to prosper and, ultimately, helping people to fulfil their hopes and realise their ambitionswww.hsbc.co.ukCoup de Coeur Award: Caviar PetrossianPetrossian, a name synonymous with caviar. Founded in 1920, the Petrossian brothers were the first to introduce Paris to the magic of caviar. Today the company combines its traditions with the launch of new products to maintain excellence and create innovative ways to enjoy caviarwww.petrossian.com
The Franco-British Business Awards, organised by the French Chamber of Commerce in Great Britain under the high patronage of the French Ambassador to the United Kingdom and the British Ambassador to France, were launched in 2000 to celebrate the bilateral trade and economic links between France and the UK.
This award is designed for British and French SMEs/entrepreneurs/start-ups which export their products and/or services to France or the UK, and/or which have successfully established one or more subsidiary(ies) in either country for a minimum of 3 years.
This award is designed for companies of any size, from start-ups to SMEs or large corporate, British and French, working with France or the UK and demonstrating particularly innovative products/services/campaigns, etc.
This award is designed for British and French blue chip companies that have been working with France or the UK for at least 5 years, have a global turnover of more than £1 billion (approximately €1.3 billion) and have demonstrated a major contribution to Franco-British business.
The Graves region is the cradle of Bordeaux white and red wines. The Graves wine district starts at the “Jalle de Blanquefort” and ends just after Langon.
The river forms the Easter border of the vineyards while to the west the pine forest of the Landes serves as boundary and protection alike. But the majority of A.O.C. GRAVES wines come from the area extending from La Brède to Langon, encircling the Barsac and the Sauternes appellation area.
To understand the Médoc, you have to unravel 3 secrets.Three mysteries which, once solved, throw some light on what lies behind the Médoc vineyards, the half-hidden face of which does not easily reveal the essence of its existence.
With patience, the skies will clear, the soil will talk and you will finally come to understand why this wine-making region is, without doubt, one of the most prestigious in the world.
Les Vins de Pessac-Léognan
Rigorously selected and controlled by the I.N.A.O, the current production is of the order of 75000 hls with more than 1700 hectares of production or some 10 million bottles (80% Red and 20% dry White). Of this about 20% is exported.
The new A.O.C Pessac-Léognan was born in September 1987 in the very old region of the Graves de Bordeaux, formerly the Banlieue Prévôtale (Provostal Suburb).Cradle of the Bordeaux vineyards, the A.O.C Pessac-Léognan includes 74 Châteaux and Domains split between 10 communes. All located on this exceptional soil, 16 of them, of which the famous Château Haut-Brion, are Classified Vintages of the Graves.
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