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Who we are
Referred to as the Working Women’s Oscars, the Venus Awards were formed in 2009 to recognise, reward and celebrate local working women in business. The Venus Awards began in Dorset and has since exploded into other regions across the country. Culminating with an annual National Final that truly represents the inspirational women who balance and juggle their lives relentlessly and unconditionally, who inject their communities with a sense of feminine robustness and solidity only a woman can provide.
Women play such a pivotal role in our local economies, it is crucial that hard-working business women have the spotlight shone upon them. As the Venus phenomenon rolls on across the country, more women in business will stand up and let the world know what they do, how they do it, and the challenges they face. This typically leads to more women helping women through mentoring, networking and plain old ‘doing business’ together. Raising awareness of the successful women in our midst and publicly acknowledging them underlines the economic force women have become.
For Someone Deserving of RecognitionNominating someone shows how much you appreciate them for all their efforts and hard work.
“Being a finalist meant I felt it was newsworthy enough and I was mentioned in all my local publications I did feel a lot of pressure as being a ‘mother in business’ obviously means I am extremely busy at the best of times and getting public votes almost pushed me to the edge.”
“The greatest feeling is to be publicly recognised for the business you have worked so hard to create. The awards are also such an amazing opportunity to meet so many like minded and successful business owners all striving to reach their goals. It is very inspirational. Plus the new opportunities and contacts you meet really let your business flourish in ways perhaps were not possible before. It empowers you to really believe in yourself and pushes you to do even more!”
“The awards have shown me that I can be a full time mum and run a successful business as well and that it’s ok to be proud to celebrate it.”
“The Venus Awards is a very worthwhile networking opportunity and a great way to raise the profile of your business and your own profile as a business woman. I am sure you will find it motivating, inspirational and supportive. You will probably make some new friends too!”
“Personally, the Awards helped me to recognise the value of continuing to do what I do. To be recognised by other women is an incredible boost to confidence and although you know that what you do is valuable, having that underpinned and recognised by your peers adds value to everything from that point on. I intend to continue to display the awards ( Local and National) with great pride.”
“Awards are brilliant for PR and marketing, and I know from personal experience here at YouGen, that even reaching the finals of any award creates a buzz, and as for winning, well.”
“Being nominated has given me more confidence. I have allowed myself to stop and think yes I do a good job and I have enjoyed and accepted the praise. (which I don’t usually do.)”
“We met, networked and became part of a unique business community which not only raised our profile but afforded us all kinds of open doors and business opportunities. It’s been similarly helpful and an absolute pleasure to be an ambassador and watch and encourage others along their journeys.”
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Meet our National Winners
Sarah Cressal – Entrepreneur of the Year
Managing Director at The Creation Station Ltd Founder and the ‘Muma’ of the award winning Creation Station the UK leader for creative experiences Sarah’s passion for inspiring children’s imaginations has led to an international networks of over 80 franchises. Over 105,000 children and families have been inspired through weekly art and crafts class, parties and events and clubs. They ran they Kidszone for the Olympics in Hyde park and manufacture art and crafts materials to retail to the public and organisations.
Samantha Acton – Home Based Business Award
Director, Founder at Domestic Angels Domestic Angels is not only run from home, the Angels also work close to their homes and have work schedules to support their roles as parents and carers. This is a growing local business, for local people, that has been providing housework and home help services across the Bournemouth and Poole conurbation for nearly 12 years. Samantha is passionate about caring for her Angels (staff) aiming to be the best employer possible, about the happiness and welfare of her clients by nurturing total customer focus and about community responsibility taking a key role in the local chamber of trade, partnering Women in Democracy for 2013 and encouraging fellow business women via the www.samanthaacton.co.uk portal.
Ebony Butler – Employee of the Year
Assistant events manager at Beales Gourmet Since joining Beales Gourmet in 2009 as a waitress, Ebony has achieved incredible results through dedication & hard work, earning multiple promotions – most recently to Events Manager, aged just 21. Her consistent ability to impress, and passion for making customers and her colleagues happy, is what makes her an incredible, loyal employee, exceeding all expectations.
Tricia Walker – Outstanding Achiever
Novelist/film producer/director Tikaro Media at Tricia Walker Tricia Walker is an acclaimed author whose novel Benedict’s Brother was selected as a Book of the Year and is being turned into a movie with some of the UK’s leading industry figures and Tricia as a producer.
Lisa McKenzie – PA of the Year
Assistant to CEO and Facilities & Procurement Manager at Autism Wessex Professional and motivated, Lisa is the main first point of contact for anyone contacting the charity and is welcoming to all. As PA to both the Chief Executive and the charity’s Facilities and Procurement Manager, Lisa is helpful, practical, loyal and knowledgeable and treats everyone with dignity and respect. We’d be lost without her.
Michelle Tatner – High Achiever Award
Chief Executive Officer at Dutton Gregory Michelle is a highly driven and self-motivated person with strong leadership skills and always has an eye for the bigger picture. Fun to be with, with a positive can do attitude, Michelle is not your typical accountant. She is always looking for the next opportunity and is a firm believer that anything can be achieved with hard work and self-belief.
Tina Wellman-Hawke – Lifetime Achievement Award
Founder at The Dave Welman Cancer Trust Tina is caring, friendly, loves people, loves writing,(just finished her first children book). Tina has a close family and 2 grandchildren, they are her world. Tina spends her time fundraising and helping others. Tina helps so many individuals and families and supports those living with cancer, this is her passion & her goal…. I dont think she will ever stop. Tina also donates her photography to help many charities as well as her time.
Emma Sheldon – Business Mother of the Year
Registered Manager at Choicein care Emma is a bubbly and determined disabled mum who has built a successful business on her vision that person centred support should mean exactly that – providing disabled people with choice/control over their care to lead fulfilling lives, often in challenging circumstances.
Christine Tebano – Inspirational Woman
Belinda Poore – Online Business Award
Director at Bellacrafts Belinda is an ambitious, friendly, bubbly business owner who strives to build a successful business which benefits those she employs and those that use Bellacrafts! She’s built a fantastic, busy Craft Centre which benefits and serves the local community. Belinda is currently expanding by opening a second premises and growing online. One of Belinda’s aims is to see her family enjoy her successes. bellacrafts. co.uk
Jemma Cooper – Young Entrepreneur of the Year
Director at HI Therapies Jemma started her own business 1.5 yrs ago at the age of 23, she has a great deal of enthusiasm and passion to deliver excellent standards of work. Jemma has a natural business acumen combined with a passion to always succeed.
Cathy Debenham – Green Business of the Year
Founder at YouGen Ltd “We have been very impressed by YouGen’s approach to renewable energy. It is doing a fantastic job helping to make renewable energy more accessible and the customers who come to us through YouGen are always well informed and serious about having renewable energy systems installed.” – Ellen Rodger, SunGift Solar
Mariam Badavi Employer of the Year
Director at Purity Boutique Spa Limited After setbacks, she got right back up and displays inspiring strength as a businesswoman and mother. She balances her role as a mother to her family and as owner and director of Purity Boutique Spa with grace and vigour. While making sure to put her clients’ needs and expectations first, she creates a loving environment for her team who are happy to go above and beyond for her as she does for them. She has just launched a 2nd business Skin Angels.
Jane Hames – Networker of the Year
Director and Lead IT Trainer at Glide Training Ltd Jane makes networking effortless. She welcomes everyone with equal enthusiasm and interest, listening and asking questions about businesses in order to make valuable introductions. Jane enjoys the time she gives to managing The Mumpreneurs Networking Club in Shoreham.
Rachel Boyle – Small Business of the Year
MD at ABC Magazine As a business ABC is great because it offers a unique package: a tri-annual publication, which is part directory, part information source and part light entertainment. Readers therefore read the magazine cover to cover, and then keep their copy long-term for reference, which gives advertisers excellent value for money – four months exposure per insertion. As a parent ABC is great because it is packed full of useful information and it is FREE!
Denise Buchan – New Business of the Year
Managing Director at Classic Consulting (UK) Ltd Testimonial: “Classic Consulting “works while their competitors are sleeping” – literally – and had Denise not been flexible enough to respond to emails at all hours of the day and night, and even arrange interviews on weekends, then the recruitment process would’ve been a nightmare. The speed they identified candidates was impressive, and is reflective of the effort put into understanding our unique requirements from the outset. Incredible!”
Monica Norley – Social Entrepreneur of the Year
Founder, MD at Visionary Soap Company Monica started Visionary Soap Company in her kitchen in a small house in Hastings in 2005. Her entrepreneurial drive and sheer grit and determination has elevated the company to now being the UK’s leading Fairtrade certified bath and body care company. Her strong commitment to ethical business and social justice has landed the brand’s products on the shelves of Waitrose and Oxfam.
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What our Sponsors & Supporters Say
"We started out our journey with you as one of the first companies to come on board with the awards and the reaction we have had has been fantastic. It's opened up all kinds of opportunities and conversations for us, and having our category's winner, Sarah Cressall, crowned National Entrepreneur of the Year really was the icing on the cake."
“The opportunity to be a nominee, or even winner of this prestigious award presents a wonderful platform to raise the profile of your business (the media love successful women in business), and the benefit of a great network for valuable information exchange with like-minded women.”
“Nat West is delighted to be the Title Sponsor of the Venus Awards and we are looking forward to celebrating women who are achieving amazing things in all sorts of business.”
“The Venus Awards generate immense excitement and exposure locally for all involved and are embracing both men and women. We are looking forward to supporting the 2014 awards and beyond.”
“We are involved in many events and this is among the very best.”
"It’s a great vehicle to allow people to get to know each other and chat informally without pressure at the events. It was heart wrenching to choose our Finalists and then Winner…all the women were so good and had such fascinating stories about how they had built their own successful businesses."