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Tuesday is our favourite day to drink fizz, so – as part of International Women’s Week, of course, we just had to introduce you to the CEO behind Thomson & Scott. Oh, and you can WIN some delicious drinks too! 

We hear a lot about how women are taught not to take up space. And so, instead of just having one token day dedicated to women, we’re having an ENTIRE WEEK, International Women’s Day is fine, but no thanks – we’re having International Women’s Week. So this week, we’re hosting a series of interviews and competitions, each celebrating women and featuring one amazing female entrepreneur.

And today, we’re delighted to introduce you to Amanda Thomson: the entreprising CEO chez Thomson & Scott. With a frankly ridiculous number of business awards to her name, you might be surprised to discover that Amanda hasn’t always been an entrepreneur. In fact, she was actually a TV and radio broadcaster for the BBC for a number of years. Fast forward to 2019, and Thomson & Scott’s delicious, low-sugar Prosecco, Champagne and sparkling wines are served at the finest establishments across the UK – and beyond. The brand’s latest venture is Sparkler Rosé: the MOST adorable cans of sparkling rosé – and of course, they’re low sugar, darling. We spoke to Amanda about why women need to stay positive, the women who inspire her and what we need to move towards gender equality…

What does feminism mean to you?

Equality. In a word.

A woman who inspires you and why?

Meghan right now, surely. She seems to be doing an incredible job of not sacrificing her values while still being wholly dignified in the constant spotlight.

What are you most proud of in your career?

Starting a business from a blank sheet of paper. I now have utmost respect for anyone who has succeeded or failed, rich or poor, who has ever started a business from scratch. It really does place you in a very special and somewhat crazy club!

Tell us about your favourite female-authored book?

Lean In. I loved seeing Sheryl Sandberg speak at an early London talk and was thoroughly inspired. Her late husband was in the audience with us and she referred to him many times – you could tell they were very much in love.

How do you feel about the future of feminism?

Wholly positive. I’m an entrepreneur. We have to be glass half-full. It’s obligatory.

Three female-founded brands you’re a fan of?

GritCycle, the Californian spin bike class brand – I was lucky enough to meet founder Marisa Wayne – John’s daughter – on International Women’s Day in California and we are discussing a pop-up which is exciting. She started a cancer foundation in her father’s name after he died when she was just a teenager – so a great philanthropic cause.

Hub Dot – Italian founder Simona is a powerhouse connector and I love anyone with as much energy as me – we were like two long lost friends when we first met, yakking away about saving the world one beautiful bottle and conversation at a time.

And Bella Freud. She’s so frickin’ cool. And I LOVE her fashion (HINT).

How can we make gender equality a reality?

Common sense.

Why are women so amazing?

Because we don’t generally kill people and because we have the ability to give birth.

Favourite women in the arts?

I have a major girl crush on Melissa McCarthy – I’m travelling so much on planes now due to export and can never resist one of her movies even when I have a mass of reading material. Dua Lipa is pretty damn cool in music right now – and giving the boys a run for their money too. And Lola, my sixteen year old daughter who is an incredible young artist – one to watch for sure.

What’s next for Thomson & Scott?

World domination! And Noughty. Our delicious alcohol-free organic, vegan, low sugar sparkling wine. It’s a real game-changer. Drink beautifully or don’t drink at all, right?

If women ruled the world…

It would be a much calmer place. And global warming would have been respected and managed.

Thomson & Scott have TWO of their Sparkler Rosé six packs for you to win – one for you and one for a friend, PLUS a bottle of Champagne Extra Brut. How to enter? Follow Reading in Heels on FacebookInstagram or Twitter – like the photo post and tag your funnest friend in the comments – AND don’t forget to retweet/share the post hashtagged with #internationalwomensweek. That’s it! The competition closes Friday 15th March at MIDNIGHT.