Venus Awards

Recognising Local Business Women

Finalists for the NatWest Venus Awards, Dorset to attend glamorous Awards Ceremony.


The finalists for the NatWest Venus Awards in association with Breeze Volkswagen, Dorset have been announced – the fun filled day took place in the beautiful Norfolk Royal. 

 A huge congratulations to those who have made it to this stage! Such a great achievement!


Finalists from Dorset 2 2014


Samantha Acton from Domestic Angels, produced a truly inspiring speech to all who attended. It was a great addition to the evening, so thank you!

The NatWest Venus Awards were set up in 2009 to recognise business women from across the country.  The awards allow people to nominate a working woman of their choice.  There are a variety of categories that you can choose from, some which have sponsors.  However,  there are still a few categories that are on the lookout for Sponsors,  so if you are interested please contact:

 The Finalists!

Bournemouth Town New Media & Online Business Award:

Zelda de Hollander – Studio Shotz Photography

Rachael Springford – Bakeryboxx

Anna-lee Kewley – Baby Moo’s


Breeze Volkswagen Influential Woman of the Year Award:

Pauline Monk – Purple Teardrop Campaign

Alexandra Wiggins –  TARA Business Limited T/A The Lighter Path

Vanessa Ugatti – The True Worth Expert


Bournemouth Daily Echo Business Mother of the Year Award:

Sarah Milligan – Innovate Ltd

Kelly Elsworthy – Children’s Book Author and Business Owner of  The Adventures of the Cuddle Pirate

Anna-lee Kewley – Baby Moo’s


Dutton Gregory Solicitors Small Business Award:

Pippa Latimer Harris – Latimer House

Simone Thomas – MWAH & Hair Loss Bournemouth

Claire Tillotson – Treehouse Family Play Ltd


Employer of the Year Award:

Ashliegh McClements – Harbour stores

Roxy Ardelean – Roxys Bistro Bar

Olga Clapcott – Tigerlilly Nails

Jacqui Cheke – Capelli of Poundbury Ltd

Claire Escott – Bournemouth Integrated Youth Service

Claire Tillotson – Treehouse Family Play Ltd


Evenlines Professional of the Year Award:

Alexandra Eaton – AE Marketing Solutions

Maria Kemp – Kemp & Co Property Ltd

Katy Wise – Free Spirit Holistic Therapies


Gem Freeman Jewellery Home Based Business Award:

Jane Adkins – A Head for PR Ltd

Christina Pengelly – WareStreetMarket

Dawn Truscott – Hampshire Accounting Solutions


Green Business Award:

Lauren Curry – Concept Flowers

Sandra Palmer – Snellin Farmer Palmer’s Farm Park & Staglers Ltd

Zoe Phayre Mudge – ZPM LTD

Mary Boughton – MBE Dorwest Herbs Ltd

Sarah Watson – Rural Works Ltd.


Heart Employee of the Year Award:

Silva Bala Riviera – Hotel & Holiday Apartments

Hannah Parsons – Forest Holme Hospice Charity

Lesley Telford – The Grove Hotel (Macmillan Caring Locally)


Inspire Accountants Entrepreneur of the Year Award:

Rachel Day – LoveKeepCreate Ltd

Felicity Mead – NFC Publishing LLP

Simone Thomas – MWAH & Hair Loss Bournemouth


Move On Rentals Lifetime Achievement Award:

Jackie Phillipson – P-PR Media Solutions Ltd

Pauline Monk – Purple Teardrop Campaign

Joanna Kane – Trailblazers Coaching and Consulting


NatWest New Business Award:

Pippa Latimer Harris – Latimer House

Claire Tillotson – Treehouse Family Play Ltd

Zhara Woods – Upperdog


Stewarts Garden Centre Customer Service Award:

Rosie Wallace – Days Hotel Bournemouth

Joanna Boughton – White Dorwest Herbs Ltd

Michelle Meredith – Archway Financial Solutions


The Foundations for infant Loss Training Inspirational Woman Award:

Joanne Keeling – Izzy and Ollie Ltd

Pauline Monk – Purple Teardrop Campaign

Linda Parkinson – Hardman The Hysterectomy Association


 We will look forward to seeing you at the awards ceremony at the Lighthouse! It is going to be a night to remember – we can’t wait!


Tara has a clear passion for her work “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.

Venus Awards has been recognising and rewarding women since 2009 with the event expanding into 8 regions across the country.  Talking about the impressive 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.


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