Venus Awards

Recognising Local Business Women

Birmingham NatWest Venus Awards – Who will get your nomination?


birmingham nomination


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


The 15th  May, 2014 saw the exciting NatWest Venus Business Women Awards in Birmingham 2014. The ever so glamorous launch party opened its Birmingham nominations in association with Johnson’s VW.

Business men and women were given a warm welcome at the New Hall Hotel by event organiser Joanne Gilbert-Lewis of Event Group UK and Venus Awards founder Tara Howard.

The pair introduced the various categories and officially opened the online nominations for Birmingham!  The evening was set to impress the high powered women of the county, with yummy food provided at the event by the New Hall Hotel.

This is Birmingham’s first ever Venus Awards! The interest and enthusiasm for the event has been sky high, which is amazing! With more pre-nominations coming in than anywhere else! Venus Awards has been recognising and rewarding women since 2009 with the commendable event expanding into 8 regions across the country,  there are many more to come, so watch this space!

Last year the Venus Awards were held in several areas,  Dorset,  Southampton,  Brighton,  Bristol and Devon amongst others.  Each event held last year attracted almost,  a staggering 1,500 nominations.  However with the inclusion of the Birmingham event,  it promises to be bigger and better than ever before – very exciting!

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.”

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.

Help business women get the attention that they deserve by voting at: –it only takes 5 minutes and can make a real difference. The finalists will be invited to attend the lavish Grand Awards Ceremony in November 2014 – the social event of the year for working women – when the worthy winners will be announced! It will be one not to miss!


Here are the categories for Birmingham: 


SimkissGuy Recruitment PA of the year

For an exceptionally supportive and efficient personal assistant


Heart Business Mother of the Year

A woman who successfully juggles business and family life.


Birmingham Post Employee of the Year

A lady who goes beyond the call of duty.


Employer of the year

For a great female friendly boss or manager (male or female).


Niche magazine Inspirational Woman

For a woman that goes out of her way to help others.


Lifetime Achievement

A lady over 35 who has worked hard and been successful for many years.


Business of the Year

For a business with a 1 million or more turn over.


New Business

For a business less than 2 years old.


NatWest Small Business

For a small business with big attitude.


Home Based Business

Recognising successful home based business within the community.


Professional of the Year

For professionals and executives who excel


Influential Woman

Motivates others and makes a difference


Customer Service

For the individual or business that goes that extra mile


Entrepreneur of the Year

For a women who dares to take risks in business and they pay off.


Networker of the year

For a networker that consistently refers useful business contacts within her business community.


The online nomination is incredibly simple,  so there is not excuse not to vote!  You could nominate a friend, relative,  work colleague,  your boss,  employee,  client,  or anyone you feel worthy of an award! So get voting!

“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 visit:
If businesses are wishing to connect with more powerful women in business, you’re in luck as there are still a few categories available for sponsorship including High Achiever,  and Home Based Business.



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