Venus Awards

Recognising Local Business Women

Nominations are now open for the NatWest Venus Awards

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The NatWest Venus Business Women Awards Birmingham 2014 in association with Johnson’s VW officially opened for nominations at a glamorous launch party in Birmingham last night (15th May 2014).

Local business men and women were welcomed at New Hall Hotel by event organiser Joanne Gilbert-Lewis of Event Group UK and Venus Awards Founder Tara Howard.

The awards aim to celebrate and recognise the achievements of the Birmingham’s working women and entrepreneurs.

Joanne and Tara introduced the categories and officially opened the online nominations for Birmingham as part of an evening targeted to impress the high powered women of Birmingham, with food provided at the event by the New Hall Hotel.

With this being Birmingham’s first Venus Awards the interest and enthusiasm for the event has been extremely high with more pre-nominations coming in than anywhere else.  Venus Awards has been recognising and rewarding women since 2009 and the event this year has expanded into 8 regions across the country with many more earmarked for the coming years.  Last year the Venus Awards were held in Dorset, Southampton, Brighton, Bristol and Devon amongst others.  Each event held last year attracted almost 1,500 nominations. This year, especially with the inclusion of a Birmingham event, promises to be bigger and better than ever before.

Talking about the phenomenal growth of the Awards, Tara, herself a business woman and mother of four, commented; “It really is inspiring to see how much support and enthusiasm there is for the awards and what a difference they can make.  I’ve even had past winners confess to me that the awards have changed their lives – that’s really powerful, and drives me forward to expand, and launch the awards in new regions to recognise more deserving women.”

Speaking about the Awards, Joanne Gilbert-Lewis from Event Group UK:, “There are so many hard-working women in Birmingham who truly deserve to be celebrated for their remarkable contribution to local business.   It takes just five minutes to nominate online at  – it makes a real difference and the finalists will be invited to attend the Grand Awards Ceremony in November 2014 – the social event of the year for working women – when the winners will be announced!”


The Awards, which celebrate the vital input of women in business, will this year see local working women competing in 15 award categories, including;

NatWest – Small Business of the Year – for a business with less than 12 employees

HeartFM – Business Mother of the Year – for working mothers

Birmingham Post – Employee of the Year – for women employed by men or women

Niche Magazine – Inspirational Woman – A woman that indulges in selfless support of others or has overcome adversity

Simkiss Guy Recruitment – PA of the Year – For a networker that consistently refers useful business contacts within her business community

Other categories available for sponsorship include:

Influential Woman – A woman who motivates others and makes a difference; Lifetime Achievement – a lady over 35 who has worked hard and been successful for many years; New Business – for business less than 2 years old, Business of the Year – for a business with more than 12 employees; Employer of the Year – For male or female managers that look after their female employees; Entrepreneur of the Year – for a woman that is prepared to takes risks in business; High Achiever – for the woman that has broken through the corporate glass ceiling; Business woman – For a woman who dares to take risks in business that pay off – Available for sponsorship; Green Business – for businesses with some green initiatives; Home Based Business – For businesses run from home.

Using the simple online nomination process, you are encouraged to nominate a friend, relative, work colleague, your boss, employee, client, or anyone you feel worthy of an award.

“We’ve invested a lot into the technology behind the Venus Awards, to make it as quick and simple as possible, for both those nominating and those finding themselves nominated,’ explained Tara.  “What better way to thank and celebrate the efforts of the women in your life? Not wanting the men to miss out, the Employer of the year can also be won by a man, so go for it guys!”

To nominate your favourite working women in Birmingham you can go to

For business wishing to connect with the ever more powerful women in business, there are still a few categories available for sponsorship including High Achiever, and Home Based Business.

There are 15 possible categories this year and entrants can find more information by visiting


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