Venus Awards

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Semi-finalists announced for NatWest Venus Awards Portsmouth 2014

Venus Awards Nominee Networking Event

Venus Awards Nominee Networking Event

NatWest Venus Awards Portsmouth 2014 announces Semi Finalists

Its all very exciting and we had a great night on Monday and below is a summary:

Following over 1000 nominations and applications, the Portsmouth Venus Awards in association with Peter Cooper Group VW recently announced the semi-finalists for its Sponsor judged categories at the Peter Cooper Portsmouth Showroom.  They will all be invited to an afternoon tea at the Langstone Hotel where the finalists willl be announced.   The winners will then be call out at the Grand award ceremony at the Marriott Portsmouth on the 1st October.

The awards were founded by Tara Howard, then Managing Director of Langtry Manor Hotel in Bournemouth.  Tara was asked her reasons for starting the awards…“Being a mother of four at the same time as running a successful business, I know only too well the pressures that women in business can be under.   We often undervalue ourselves and our achievements.   I wanted to create a system where women can be recognized for their achievements through nominations from their colleagues, friends and family.   Thereby not having to make the first step themselves!  It inspires me to experience the excitement, pride and sense of achievement of the women as they make it through the various stages of the awards.”

Following requests from women all over the country to be part of the awards, Tara is committed to bringing the Venus Awards to more regions and is now open in 8 locations across the country with many more on her radar.

Below are listed the semi-finalists for Portsmouth2014.   The remaining categories including the Town and Country Business Mother of the Year, the Heart Employee of the Year and the Cascades Shopping Centre Customer Service of the Year Award will be going to the public vote on 3rd July, where you, the reader will have an opportunity to decide who in each of those categories will attend the “Working Women Oscars”

Below is a list of the semi-finalists chosen by the remaining sponsor judged categories:

Dynamite Recruitment Business of the Year :
Shonagh Dillon – Aurora New Dawn
Christine Gowing – Wispers Ltd
Julia Haviland – Brittain Marketing
Carol Morris – Elite Care Services
Debora Parsons – Coffe Cup Portsmouth Ltd

Employer of the Year :
Matt Fox – Dynamite Recruitment Solutions
Pauline Grant – The Utility Warehouse Discount Club Business Partner
Natalie March – Physio – logical
Andrew Pearce – Creatiques
Kelly Shaw – K : SPA
The Car Finance Company Entrepreneur of the Year:
Louise Whitmore – Love Southsea
Julia Haviland – Brittain Marketing
Kim Way – Changes Clinic for Excellence
Carol Morris – Elite Care Services (southern) Ltd
Helen Reynolds – RIDA


Green Business Award:
Louise Axby-Hirst – Axby and Hirst
Jenna Boyson – Community Fusion
Rachel Mitchell – Greenbox Associates
Sue Stokes – Southsea Greenhouse Community Co-op
Jessamine Hislop-Newton – Little Pickes Markets


Home Based Business Award:
Kathy Fitchett – Food Friend Experience
Sarah Mitas – Leave Cuisine
Carol Slark – Laurel Designs
Ruth Waller – Past Wight Heritage Consultancy, Isle of Wight
Julia Willkins – Home and Dry Cleaning Ltd


Peter Cooper Group Influential Woman of the Year:
Rachel Lowe – She Who Dares UK Ltd
Shonagh Dillon – Aurora New Dawn
Christine Gowing – Wispers Ltd
Carolyn Barber – The Good Mental Health Cooperative
Sue Beckett –Portsmouth Music Hub


Treasury Accountants Inspirational Woman Award:
Clare Acklam – LinkedUp Fundraising C.I.C and LinkedUp Solutions
Charlie Reilly – The Reilly Enterprise Ltd
Karen Front-Garcia – Golden Light Reiki School/Karen Font-Garcia Coaching
Mary Burgess – Mary Burgess Hypnotherapy
Carol Morris – Elite Care Services (southern-) Ltd


Lifetime Achievement Award :

Sue Beckett – Portsmouth Music Hub
Cheryl Buggy – Express FM
Fran Cooper – Freedom Childcare Ltd.
Hammie Tappende – In to Biz Ltd.
Ruth White – The Rowan Hospice

New Business Award:
Alison Colley – Real Employment Law Advice
Anne Gill – Anne Gill Eyecare
Gloria Miller – Gloria Miller Entertainment Ltd.
Diane Newsham – Gracie-Ann’s Tea Room
Hailey Shearman – The Maker’s Fayre

Cobweb, Technology and Online Award:
Carol Morris – Elite Care Services (southern) Ltd.
Eileen Quick – BlueStar Website Design and BlueStarHosts
Victoria Dunford – MAD-Aid / Kiss Cargo
Karen Griffin – Griffin Designs
Zoe Lortal – Kudo Rock Ltd Professional of the Year:
Kim Brown – Nature Therapy CIC
Leila De Lara – University Of Portsmouth
Vicki Hemming – Tillison Consulting
Jeri Oakley – MMO Limited
Helen Reynolds – RIDA

NatWest Small Business Award:
Nicola Bates – Make
Anne Gill – Anne Gill Eyecare
Amy Kellow – Everybody Pilates Ltd
Helen McCusker – Booked PR
Sara Pollard – Free From Temptation Ltd

 Young entrepreneur/Manager of the Year

Charlotte Griffiths – Charlotte Griffiths Photography
Kirsty Mallan – BoxChilli
Chloe Palmer – TADA Events and Gosports Festival Ltd.
Sara Pollard – Free From Temptation Ltd


Other regions currently open for nominations include Birmingham, Oxfordshire and Devon.


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