In September, Champagne Bollinger was proud to host their annual Life Can Be Perfect Party in conjunction with the launch of an important new group promoting women in business in Ireland.

The “Today’s Women In Grocery Network” (TWIG) is a new sub-committee of the long-established industry charity The Irish Grocer’s Benevolent Fund (IGBF), and was set up to raise the profile of and develop networking opportunities for women within the grocery and retail sector.

To kick off the initiative, TWIG partnered with Bollinger for a Champagne lunch where 160 businesswomen sipped on Special Cuvée in the five-star Westbury Hotel in Dublin 2.

The famous and distinctive Bollinger bow ties, created exclusively for the Champagne House by contemporary brand Vicomte A., were seen adorned on the wrists of many of the women present, while chatter and conviviality provided the background music for the afternoon.


The IGBF is highly respected within the grocery industry, providing an important network and donating essential financial relief to members of the trade and their families for the past 35 years.

The latest move to establish a female-focused professional networking forum for women recognises the growing representation of women within the grocery and food sector, and the important role they will play in its future development.

The new sub-committee is chaired by Sharon Yourell-Lawlor of Think Plan Do Consulting, and includes key female grocery industry figures such Frances Higgins, Anne O’Brien, Paula Donoghue, Paula Conlon, Brigid O’Neill and Lorraine Butler.

TWIG aims to provide exciting new networking events targeted at a female audience and will also work towards raising the profile of women in grocery, driving understanding of the IGBF’s work and encouraging more female leadership and participation in IGBF events and initiatives.