Venus Awards

Recognising Local Business Women

NatWest Venus Awards Brighton & Sussex finalists announced

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Finalists in Brighton are announced!

The sun shone down on Brighton today as the semi finalists met at the Grand Hotel for a morning of networking and advice by our sponsors.  This was followed by an afternoon tea when the finalists were announced.

Sarah Hopwood kicked off the day with a presentation on the art of public speaking. Her advice will come in very useful for all the award winners!

The series of talks that followed covered topics such as the importance of having a business strategy; legal advice for small businesses; how to reduce business energy costs; and tips on recruiting talent.

NatWest drew the morning’s proceedings to a close with advice on ways to raise business finance.

The afternoon saw the spotlight turned on the semi finalists with the announcement of the finalists for each of the award categories.


The finalists are :

Juice 107. 2 Business Mother of the Year

Gem Staiano – American Express

Debbie Silvester – Eckington HR

Clair Letton – Wigwam Toys

The Argus Customer Service Award

Nicola Cunningham – Jurys Inn Brighton

Alison Thompson – The Dental Barn

Susi Doherty – Brighton Togs

NatWest Small Business Award

Carol Lewis – Bainbridge Lewis Accountants

Jacqui Pearce – Pearl and Earl

Alison Thompson – The Dental Barn


Classic Consulting Employer of the Year

Inspirational Woman

Petrina Mayson – Furniture Now

Lucy Dawe – Lawton & Dawe Properties & Property Fusion

Suzy Butler – Kiya Survivors

Lightfoot LED Green Business of the Year

Ruth & Amy Anslow – Hisbe Food CIC

Naomi Ridley – Hastings Furniture Service

Claire Potter – Claire Potter Design

Lifetime Achievement

Annie Hamilton – FlashBack Old Style Photos

Alison Jones – Spofforths LLP

Racheal Hugues – Green Mop Ltd

Petrina Mayson – Furniture Now

Julia Jeyes – Grafton Banks Finance

The British Engineerium Entrepreneur of the Year

Benita Matofska – Compare and Share

Charlie Doidge – Thanks Social

Mandy Brook – Recruitment SE Ltd

Quality Solicitors Howlett Clarke New Business Award

Lisa Henning – Beautiful Ink Ltd

Clair Letton – Wigwam Toys

Emma Trigg – The Treasure Trove Shabby Chic & Vintage Furniture

New Media & Online Business

Karen Bach – KalliKids

Jacqui Pearce – Pearl and Earl

Caroline White – White Write

Natalie Lloyd – if Not Now

Shoshana Plail – Child Friendly Brighton & Hove

Professional of the Year

Caroline Cole – Savoir Faire Accounting Limited

Sandra Francis – Recruitment South East

Heidi Rush – HR Smart Ltd

Debbie Silvester – Eckington  HR

Lucy Pearce – The Argus

Absolute Magazine Influential Woman of the Year

Hannah Martins – Talented Ladies Club

Lara Squires – Consortium Business Solutions

Nickie Brooks – Alternative Route Finance Ltd

Lorraine Nugent – Media Word Waves / Young Start-up Talent

Melody Bridges – Worthing WOW

Home Based Business

Susi Doherty – Brighton Togs

Kerry Herbert – Stand Up Marketing, Charity Chuckle

Tora Cullip – Donna & Tora Ltd

Fay Millar – Brighton Cakes

Debbie Silvester – Eckington HR

Business of the Year

Denise Buchan – Classic Consulting

Spirit De La Mare – Brogue Magazine

Julia Haviland –Brittain Marketing`

Naomi Ridley – Hastings Furniture Service

Sandra Paris – USP Recruitment Services ltd

Employee of the Year

Nicola Cunningham – Jurys Inn Brighton

Dawn Fenton – Westcon UCC

Ami Wheeler – Savoir Faire Accounting Limited

Kate Wilsher – Call us first Ltd

Classic Consulting Employer of the Year

Petrina Mayson – Furniture Now

Nickie Brooks – Alternative Route Finance

Karen Bach –KalliKids


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