Venus Awards

Recognising Local Business Women



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The decisions have been made and the winners of the 14 categories were proudly announced on the 5th of June to reward and recognise local hard working women. The event was held at the prestigious Pavilion Theater Ballroom, providing great hospitality and a delicious three course meal which our guests thoroughly enjoyed. To entertain guests we had the superb jazz duo; Tall Order who got guests dancing in their seats and even on the dance floor! They were a fantastic element to the evening.

Now the Dorset Winners are going to compete against the others 2013 winners from the other regions to become a national winner on the 22nd of November.

Indeed, this year is the first year the awards have held a National Final, after expanding from Dorset and Southampton, the award grew to Brighton & Sussex and Devon this year. We are expecting to have 120-130 people attend on the day, that includes winners and sponsors from each region.

Rhinefield was chosen as the venue not just because of its outstanding beauty but because Julia Hands owns and runs the business “Hand Picked Hotels”, obviously a very successful woman herself. With beautiful surroundings, blend of Tudor and Gothic, old and new design, the romantic and the eccentric, this New Forest hotel seems to be perfect for our ceremony.

Let me remind you of the Brighton Winners :

– Samantha Acton, from Domestic Angels, won the Home Based award, sponsored by Basepoint

“I know I can trust Sam and Domestic Angels to do a great job every week.” (Gaynor) ; “…simple human kindness that really was above and beyond…” (Frances); “..extremely professional, reliable and nothing is too much trouble..” (Philippa). Domestic Angels is not only run from home, the Angels also work close to their homes and have work schedules to support their roles as Mums and carers. A growing local business, for local people.

Basepoint Business Centres provide a wide range of high quality workspaces to let, including serviced and managed offices, workshops, trade counters and studios. We have spaces suitable for almost every business use imaginable, with very flexible easy in and easy out terms. Along with our many other additional benefits, we can save you time and money when compared to more conventional leased space.

– Lesley Stephenson, from Head 2 toe Security, won the Online award, sponsored by Bournemouth Town

Lesley started her retail shop and online business selling equipment & clothing to the security industry 6 years ago and expanded in 2010 into a second retail unit to accommodate the new workwear and catering ranges.

Bournemouth Town is the ultimate on-line magazine supporting local businesses through Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch with a mixture of editorial, news, stories, features and much more. With 50,000 visitors each month, they help to grow businesses organically on Google whilst offering ongoing branding opportunities. Whatever your business or whatever you are looking for locally, find it on your ‘one stop shop’ to everything local!

– Gemma Freeman, from Gem Freeman, won the Business Mother award, sponsored by Daily Echo

Gem is a lovely, caring mummy whilst also still able to be creative, even with baby brain! She has had a massive personal life change, she is the admin, accounts, design, marketing, manufacturing and networker of her jewellery business. The best thing is that Beau is a very happy, clever and kind little boy. She is a real inspiration to me to believe in my dreams and start my own business.

Whether its the daily paper and its 71,500 readers every day or its 24-hour news and information website there’s no more reliable source of local news, sport, features, advertising and entertainment. The monthly Dorset Businesss magazine is delivered to thousands of firms and the glossy Dorset Society magazine is the monthly must read for property, fashion, features and the Dorset social scene. Watch out for our new Moda magazine coming soon!

– Carlie O’Neil, from Tanner and Tilley, won the Networker award, sponsored by Darren Northeast PR 

Carlie has a strong networking presence and is always willing to introduce other peoples businesses to each other to benefit them. She is constantly a go to person on the networking circuit for advice and guidance on different companies and is involved directly in the organisation of some networking events. Carlie has a lot of energy and loves her role.

Darren Northeast PR is one of the South’s leading Award winning PR agencies. Started by Darren in 2004, the company has excelled in helping a wide variety of organisations increase coverage via ad hoc public relations and marketing activity through to high profile strategic campaigns.

– Linda Eve, from Evenlines, won the Small Business award, sponsored by Dutton Gregory

Dr.Linda Eve set up Evenlines Clinic in 2008 having been in the Aesthetic industry since 2005 whilst being a busy GP. Evenlines is now the most successful Aesthetic clinic in Dorset with over 1400 clients.

Meeting the needs of companies and private individuals UK-wide, our expert hands-on teams of solicitors provide specialist legal services to meet all your requirements. Two factors make Dutton Gregory Solicitors different: our breadth of expertise and experience, and the close attention we pay to client service. We have developed an enviable reputation as one of the south’s leading commercially orientated law firms.

– Ebony Butler, from Beales Gourmet, won the Best Employee award, sponsored by Heart

Ebony started at Beales Gourmet in 2009 as a waitress and through dedication and hard work has worked her way up to assistant events manager. She is passionate about making everyone she comes into contact with happy, especially customers, and will always go that extra mile to make this happen. In the 4 years she has been here she has exceeded all expectations of her and continues to do so.

Playing ‘More Music Variety’, Heart gives you access to the worlds biggest artists and bands, exclusive showbiz interviews and the chance to win fantastic competition prizes. Heart is available across the Solent on FM and online at

– Jane Montrose, from Apple House Ltd, won the Inspirational Woman award, sponsored by Island Bathrooms

Jane left her nursing career in 2005 to open her first learning disabilities care home.She now owns and runs 3 care homes – the newest opening in April 13 for young adults with autism.Jane is also a Borough Councillor and mother to 4 children.

They specialise in giving that personal experience from the moment you walk through our door. With an exciting array of 100 bathroom suites being shown on 3 floors they believe there is no substitute for being able to see your bathroom up close and personal. Having been in business for 30 years they take care of the individual needs of our customers, giving them inspiration and a beautiful bathroom.

– Carol Maunder, from  Dutton Gregory, won the Best Employer award, sponsored by Jobshop UK

Carol is a partner at Dutton Gregory solicitors, Head of their Clinical Negligence Dept and manages their Bournemouth office. Told by her team that she leads by example.

Jobshop UK is an independent recruitment agency founded in 1997 specialising in all aspects of office work from general administration up to and including management level, with an experienced team of consultants who have been with Jobshop for a number of years, Jobshop are a professional, friendly team with an honest approach, placing equal importance on the service they offer their candidates and their clients.

– Arlene Edge, from Solar Fusion, won the Green Business award, sponsored by Lexus Poole

Solar Fusion was established in 2004, and employs directly or indirectly nearly 100 people. Arlene has successfully driven this business forward beyond anyone’s expectations, while being a mother to 4 children.

Part of a large vehicle group with cars driven by the very latest in quiet, hybrid technology – the Lexus environmental efforts have grown out of a a genuine respect and concern for reducing impact upon the earth’s environment. So if you’re looking for a great car, great service and great value, go to Lexus Poole.

– Anna Maslin, from Millar Maslin Associates, won the Lifetime Achievement award, sponsored by Move on Rentals

There are 12 recommendations on Linkedin Michael Fanning, Nuffield Health “Anna is a very accomplished professional, very well net-worked and astute in the world of global politics at all levels. Anna was extremely helpful during my time at the DH and it was a real pleasure to work with her. At a personal level, Anna has not forgotten what matters to people and has a very caring and compassionate nature. A genuine pleasure to work with.”

MOVE ON RENTALS is owned by Sharon Moore; a local lady with a wealth of experience in all aspects of the property letting industry over the past 21 years. They specialise exclusively in quality local lettings focusing on the local Poole and Bournemouth rental market 100%. So when they  move on you can be sure you are dealing with dedicated, experienced & knowledeable professionals.

– Jemma Cooper, from HI Therapies, won the New Business Award, sponsored by NatWest Dorset

Jemma started her own business 1.5 yrs ago at the age of 23, she has a great deal of enthusiasm and passion to deliver excellent standards of work. Jemma has a natural business acumen combined with a passion to always succeed.

NatWest are proud to be associated with the  Business Women Awards. As a sponsor of the New Business award, we aim to recognise a New Business that demonstrates that its focus and commitment are second to none.

– Tricia Walker, from Tricia Walker, won the Outstanding Achiever award

Tricia Walker is an acclaimed author whose novel Benedict’s Brother was selected as a Book of the Year and is being turned into a movie with some of the UK’s leading industry figures and Tricia as a producer.

– Jan Hopkinson, from Smart Training and Recruitment, won the Entrepreneur award, sponsored by Princecroft Willis LLP

Jan is the inspirational owner and Managing Director of Smart Training & Recruitment Limited which from just 2 employees 10 years ago has grown to 150 across England. She is passionate about helping people improve their lives through high quality training.

Princecroft Willis is a local firm of independent chartered accountants and business advisers based in Poole and New Milton. They pride themselves on their specialist tax team offering, in a time of increasing taxation, proactive planning and tax saving opportunities for their clients. Their partner led service provides sound advice with a highly professional, friendly approach.

– Lisa Mac Kenzie, from Autism Wessex, won the PA of the Year award, sponsored by Quality Electrical

Lisa is professional and motivated. She is welcoming to all – regardless of status, disability or timing. Lisa is helpful and practical, loyal and knowledgeable. Lisa treats all with dignity and respect. We’d be lost without her.

Quality Electrical Ltd have been operating in Dorset and West Hampshire for over 35 years, and have built up a reputation as one of the South’s leading repair specialist for domestic appliances, including; washing machines, cookers, fridge freezers, dishwashers and tumble dryers. Their team of dedicated technicians and office staff work closely together to ensure that all our customers receive nothing but the best service.

-Michelle Tatner, from Dutton Gregory, won the High Achiever award, sponsored by Talk Moneywise

Michelle is a highly driven and self motivated person with strong leadership skills and always has an eye for the bigger picture. Fun to be with, with a positive can do attitude, Michelle is not your typical accountant. She is always looking for the next opportunity and is a firm believer that anything can be achieved with hard work and self belief. Michelle will go where angels fear to tread and never accepts no for an answer!

Talk Moneywise operate a growing chain of “Financial Solutions” high street retail branches. In today’s climate it is essential to organise and plan your finances carefully to ensure a stable and prosperous future.Talk Moneywise offer a unique and personal service where you can sit down with one of their professional advisors to discuss your personal financial situation, issues and aspirations.

I hope you will enjoy the ceremony !!

And all benefits will be offered to Women’s Aid. It’s the national domestic violence charity that helps up to 250,000 women and children every year.


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