Recognising Local Business Women
The highly anticipated Venus Awards Ceremony was held on March 21st at The Bristol Marriott Royal where the Venus Awards finalists and sponsors were welcomed and the winners announced.
Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves and the night was a resounding success and certainly a night remembered by all. As in other regions the Venus Awards Ceremony soon establishes itself as a must attend business social event of the year.
This was a chance for all the hardworking women in Bristol and Somerset to get together with their supporters, family and friends, to celebrate their achievements. The sponsors were all there with their own group of supporters to present the awards and to sing the praises of all the finalists.
The Founder and co-presenter of the Awards, Tara Howard said “It was an absolutely amazing night. We had so much fun with some of the winners in tears, as well as the laughter brought on by some of the sponsors presenting the awards – I could not have wished for a more incredibly successful inaugural event. I can’t wait to do it all again next year – the women in Bristol are just so inspirational.’’
Paulina Gillespie, Heart breakfast DJ in Bristol and co-presenter on the night summed it up by saying “I think the Venus Awards are amazing and I it’s definitely something we’ve needed to do in Bristol for the longest time. Tara has got it just right and has a really good idea bringing women together to celebrate each other in glamorous circumstances.’’
Stone & Co Chartered Accountants New Business of the Year Award
Georgina Haslam – The Birdcage
Bursting with vintage charm, The Birdcage is a destination where music, fashion and cafe culture collide in the heart of The Old City. With its nostalgic interior, battered leather Chesterfield sofas, evocative lighting, and charming mismatched crockery, The Birdcage is a welcoming place for everyone.
Home Based Business Award
Jenny Williams – The Detective Project
The Detective Project has grown from a cunning idea in 2010 to a franchised business in 2014. Jenny Williams put her policing skills to good use by developing crime scene investigation workshops for adults and children.
The Detective Project is run by Jenny Williams from her home office, organizing workshops in crime scene investigation for children and adults. This has allowed her to build up a successful events business by working flexibly and keeping costs down.
yourSomersetTown.co.uk Technology & Online Award
Hillary owns and writes two websites/blogs for mums: Bishopston Mum & Bristol Mum. Bishopston Mum is aimed at mums in Bishopston, Horfield, St Andrew’s & Ashley Down and Bristol Mum is aimed at mums all over Bristol.
Hillary aims to inform and help mums to make the most out of their local area, facilities, the support available, choices about education for their children, events & activities, etc. Both websites have been really successful and Hillary loves doing what she does.
Inspirational Woman Award
Chris founded Touchmark Studios with the vision of providing inspirational and comprehensive training in jewellery design. She’s passionate about her subject and loves sharing her knowledge and experience. Her open and welcoming studios are a supportive space allowing others to see and realise their potential for creative change.
Centre for Business and Climate Solutions Green Business Award
Dawn White changed career to launch Ecoegg, producing laundry and household products that are kind to your skin and environment plus being free from harsh chemicals. Since launching in 2011 the range now includes 31 products sold in 34 countries.
Ecoegg produce a range of laundry and household products that are kind to your skin, kind to your pocket and kind to your environment. Ecoegg laundry products help to eliminate 700,000 tonnes of harsh chemicals entering our water system every year.
NatWest Small Business Award
Fun Science provides science themed birthday parties, holiday clubs, after school programs and workshops to local children and schools. All local schools are eligible for a free Fun Science assembly once a year!
International Business Award
Fleur of England is an exclusive lingerie design house. Since 2000 it has established innovative trends in the lingerie market and continues to set itself apart from other labels with its exquisite designs, luxury materials and attention to style and fit. The luxury label is stocked in over 70 boutiques/department stores in 22 countries across the globe – 65% of our business is now export. Sales on the e-commerce site have doubled in the last year.
Business West Networker of the Year Award
Rebecca’s spent 20 years developing relationships and winning work within the construction industry and now runs her own Business Development consultancy, rejoove ltd. She’s the first woman Chairman of the Bristol branch of the IoD where effective networking is key to her role.
Employer of the Year Award
Leah is Director and Owner of Flair 4 Recruitment, has developed an award winning recruitment agency based in Bristol, Bath and the South West. With her co-Director Sarah they specialise in Legal, Marketing, Finance and support roles; providing excellent service to both our clients and candidates.
Bristol Shopping Quarter Customer Service Award
Jane Duffus runs What The Frock! Comedy, which hosts events promoting talented female comedians. As such, Jane and her team are extremely customer facing and their highest priority is ensuring the audience has a fantastic time at every single event.
Employee of the Year Award
Cheryl is a director at HQ hairdressing. Cheryl’s been in the industry for 15 years. As a colour specialist, she’s committed to long hours to keep up with client demand. Always giving 100%, striving to make visits pleasurable for every client.
Heart Business Mother Award
Jackie set up Meals for Squeals, a baby food cookery school in Bristol, after weaning her own baby twins. Classes for parents range from first-stage puréed baby food right up to toddler meals. Jackie formerly worked at Good Housekeeping magazine.
Entrepreneur of the Year Award
Hemali began her retail business from a stall in a shopping centre. Despite starting in a recession her business grew and in 2010 she opened her shop Amulet boutique. Her artistic background is reflected in the choice of boutique brands stocked and Hemali and her staff are always on hand to offer help and advice.
Spire, The Glen Hospital Bristol Lifetime Achievement Award
Lyn Palmer has worked in International Trade for over 40 years, is a Fellow of the Institute of Export and was awarded an MBE for services to International Trade in 2002.
Lyn created Acorn Interactive, a web based platform giving exporters all the tools and knowledge to export successfully. It is now being used by exporters all around the UK.