Family firm boss Aukje Kuypers is named businesswoman of the year

Aukje Kuypers (left) with home affairs minister Kajsa Ollongren. Photo: Veuve Clicquot

Aukje Kuypers has been named businesswoman of the year (Zakenvrouw van het Jaar) for 2018 in a ceremony at Amsterdam’s Amstel hotel.

Kuypers, who is the fourth generation head of large family-owned technical services company Kuijpers of Helmond, was awarded the prestigious Prix Veuve Clicquot at the ceremony on Monday evening. The prize pays homage to the widow of the Clicquot-Ponsardin champagne house.

Kuypers (39) is mother of two young children and heads up the Helmond company which has a payroll of 1,150 and annual revenues of €200m. She is the 37th businesswoman of the year.

The family company was set up in 1921 and is well-known in the installation and construction worlds. One recent job carried out in Amsterdam was to devise a way for excess heat generated at the Hermitage museum to be transported to the nearby Hortus botanical garden.

Thank you for donating to

We could not provide the Dutch News service, and keep it free of charge, without the generous support of our readers. Your donations allow us to report on issues you tell us matter, and provide you with a summary of the most important Dutch news each day.

Make a donation