Recognising Local Business Women
The most influential, inspiring and efficacious women from the forefront of business in Southampton gathered together at St Mary’s Stadium last night (Tuesday 24th June) in celebration of the phenomenal working women of Southampton and the surrounding areas. From a selection of 51 outstanding finalists, 14 winners were announced for each award category who truly stood above the rest.
The award are sponsored by NatWest with associate sponsor Peter Cooper Volkswagen Group, as well as other prestigious companies such as the Southern Daily Echo and, provided a welcomed platform for exposure, elevating women in their businesses across the South.
Coined by television producers as “The Working Women’s Oscars” the awards ceremony was hosted by Zoe Hanson from Heart and featured sensational live and fun entertainment – Kenneth B Woode and the Magnificent Mixers, a sparkling drinks reception and an exquisite 3 course gourmet dinner.
Below are the very worthy winners for Southampton
NatWest Entrepreneur of the Year
Juliet Blundell – Propaganda Hair Salon
Juliet Curently runs two hair and beauty salons and looking for a third! My background is very different from this industry and it’s been a testing two years! Propaganda opened in February of this year after a lot of hard work and determination from us all, I enjoy building teams and providing great customer service!!!
Silverlake Green Business Award
Alex Herring – A & S Painting Services
A & S Painting Services strive to educate their customers on the eco paints available, explaining why they should be considered and the benefits for each individual situation. By promoting the use of Eco paints they are helping to leave a trail of enlightened people who understand the harm many traditional paints can cause to our planet and our health.
DynoRod Inspirational Woman
Katie Humphreys – Mind Training for Sport
Katie works with a wide range of athletes from Olympic, Paralympic, English team, Professional, National, University, County and Amateur level.
Katie’s passion for the mind and body connection began when she was diagnosed with an incurable virus which paralysed her when she was 19 years old. Prior to this Katie had always been involved with competitive sports. She qualified for the GB trials for rowing and had been placed in the top 3 at the Junior Nationals for horse eventing. During the time she was paralysed she began researching the association between the mind and body. Katie was walking within 9 months and her recovery baffled many doctors.
Rothmans LLP New Business Award
Katy Handley-Quint – PINKS. Children’s Boutique
Katy is a highly motivated individual which after a bustling career in finance created a small independent family store offering unique, fun and funky clothing for girls ages 0-13 years in the heart of Woolston Southampton. Katy has even created an in-house clothing label . PINKS . that is entirely inspired by her own 3 little girls. Katy showcases local crafts peoples wares in store and offers beautiful handpicked designer collections alongside her own beautiful designs. Katy’s personal customer service style as well as affordable quality and styling for girls has taken .PINKS. from a home-based hobby to a business that is a thriving and bustling boutique that is going from strength to strength.
Your Southampton New Media & Online Business Award
Cecile Bergart – Hampshire Wine School
Cécile Bergart is a published Champagne and Wine Educator (lately in the Hampshire Cookbook for the Prince’s Trust), a guest champagne expert for Champagne World Magazine and for Channel 4 ‘SuperScrimpers’, a regular guest speaker on BBC Radio Solent, as well as being an approved wine educator for Marks and Spencer. She is also a Ruinart Champagne Ambassador in the UK. She runs the Hampshire Wine School, an independent wine education company and teaches about Wine, Champagne, Beer, Gin, Sherry and Whisky in a fun and educational way. She also organises private parties, hen/stag dos, corporate events, team-building experiences and on-trade staff training.
Dutton Gregory LLP Small Business
Paula Warman – Aura Landscapes Ltd
Aura Landscapes is a small business that continues to mature and thrive year-on-year. This is because we continue to improve every single aspect of our business, through a planned strategy of growth and development. Paula, MD, continues to push the company forward seeing exceptional growth year on year.
Customer Service Award
Jo Hicks – Jo Hicks Flowers
We are proud our flowers have been lighting up smiles on customers faces for nearly 10 years now. What’s important to us ? quality, style, attention to detail and exceeding expectations. Arrive as a customer and leave as a friend !
Heart Southampton Employee of the Year Award
Natacha Still – Parkhouse The Jeweller
Natasha Still feels very honoured to be in the final for ‘Employee of the year’. She is proud to be the assistant manager at Parkhouse the jewellers the city’s most prestigious diamond and watch boutique where she has been employed for the past 17 years. She always strives to go the extra mile and her ultimate aim is to deliver dreams to every client.
Southern Daily Echo Business Mother Award
Sarah Hibbert – Charmed Glass
Sarah has successfully run Charmed Glass for 3 years hand engraving glass gifts. Working from home allows her to be on hand for her 3 very busy children. She feels lucky to have a business where She is able to do something she loves, in the knowledge that her clients will receive a unique & special piece of glassware.
Condor Lifetime Achievement
Pam Bates – Countess Mountbatten Hospice Charity
Pam Bates, mother of four is an amazing, adventurous flirtatious infectious woman. She was the first woman Auxiliary with the Automobile Association and produced the first fashion shows at Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. She restored an abandoned Italian farm to become a hotel, scouted for Storm Models, lectures and mentors; is a passionate fundraiser and is considered business savvy.
Employer of the Year
Catherine Sousa – Sousa Richards Solicitors
Catherine is a Partner at Sousa Richards Solicitors, a Law Firm she established on her own in 2009 when her daughter Maria was only 6 months old. In under 5 years the firm has grown substantially employing 12 staff with 2 offices.”
Professional of the Year
Catherine Maxfield – Eric Robinson & Co
In 2007, Catherine became the first female equity Partner of Eric Robinson Solicitors. This year, she was voted into the position of Managing Partner of the law firm which has six offices across the Southampton region and has shown the Venus Awards judges she is both an inspiration for and champion of professional women.
Home Based Business
Kimberley Garrod –Kimberley Garrod Photography
I run my own photography business from home and I have my very own photographic studio however most of my work involves me being out and about and bringing back all the photography to home office to edit and retouch. I have enjoyed being a home based as it allows me to spend more time with clients in my gallery space allowing me to give a really personalised service. I am a professional photographer with over 12years of experience and specialise in Portraiture and Business Photography in studio or on location.
Peter Cooper VW Southampton Influential Woman Award
Natasha Jones – Baby Resuscitation
After a personal experience Natasha Jones founded and now runs not-for-profit community project,Baby Resuscitation, without wages. She successfully campaigned the Ambulance Service to change response protocols and is currently campaigning for resuscitation to become part of antenatal or postnatal care, resulting in a House of Commons mention.