Dorset Venus Awards Official Website

Five years on and the Venus phenomenon continues to catapult!  From its humble beginnings in 2009 to this year’s sold out attendance at the extremely glamorous and exclusive ‘“social event of the business calendar’” – the Venus Awards Ceremony, [dubbed the Working Women’s Oscars,] held at the magnificent Lighthouse Poole on Friday, June 12, 2014, the Venus Awards dominates local business recognition initiatives in Dorset .  Sponsors are already gearing up for the 2015 events!

 

The Awards drew again over a thousand nominations and applications, and attracted dozens of sponsors and supporters.  Once again, we will welcome a select group of inspirational, driven and successful local women in business into the very exclusive Venus Awards Winner’s Circle.

 

Founder

I’m Tara Howard, the founder of Venus Awards. I am beyond proud to honour the drive, energy and input of all the fabulous women with whom we work, and I’d be delighted to work with you and your business.

 

We want to hear from you or any other company wishing to recognise, support and engage with women in their local business community.

 

So please pick up the phone or ping us an email so we can have a chat about how your business can be the Mars to our Venus!

 



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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.”

Hazel Tucker Hazel Tucker – Bishop Fleming

“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.”

Debbie Moore Debbie Moore – O.B.E Founder & Chairman, Pineapple

“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.”

NatWest NatWest

“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.”

Mark Ryan Mark Ryan – Heart Radio (Dorset)

“We are involved in many events and this is among the very best.”

David Ramsden David Ramsden – Federation of Small Businesses

“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.”

Phil Sampson Phil Sampson

Clever Marketing

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Semi Finalists

Semi Finalists

Finalists

Finalists

Winners

Winners


  • “It’s boosted my confidence in myself & I’ve have seen myself jump at opportunities to increase my stockist base which I would have shied away from 2 weeks ago.”

  • “I am now more confident in my ability to achieve my ultimate goal of introducing yoga and meditation throughout all primary schools in the UK. I believe that anything is possible and schools are taking me far more seriously since becoming a finalist in this year’s Venus Awards. I an not afraid to think and dream big any more!”

  • “I now feel personally recognised for many of the difficult decisions and hard work that has already gone into my business. We have been noticed, we have been appreciated and that means the world to us and our customers. Thank you.”

  • “My journey from initially learning about the Venus Awards (after I was nominated by my colleagues) to winning the Dorset award and then the National finals was such an amazing experience. It allowed me to meet many inspiring people, to make new contacts, to grow in confidence and learn that many more things are possible.”

  • “The Venus awards gave me pause to acknowledge my work, and feel a real sense of achievement and pride. I was deeply honoured to have been nominated in the first place, and from the Semi Finals I thoroughly enjoyed a worthwhile journey with some amazing women.”

  • “Winning the National award was a very proud moment for me. The award has raised my profile within the business community and I’m thankful to everyone who voted for me. Winning the award is quite humbling, as there are so many great applications and to be singled out as the overall winner means that all the hard work and drive over the last few years has been worth it!”

  • “The Venus awards has introduced me to a lot of other women in business, making connections & hearing of others successes. It makes me realise how much I have achieved in my career and also lets my children see how hard I work.”

  • “That confidence has definitely helped me to go on and expand the business, since winning the award I have hugely increased my online sales and am just in the process of opening a second bricks and mortar shop.”

  • Anna-Lee Kewley | Baby Moo’s
  • Katy Wise | Free Spirit Holistic Therapies
  • Claire Tillotson | Treehouse Family Play
  • Lisa McKenzie | Autism Wessex
  • Alexandra Wiggins | TARA Business Limited trading as The Lighter Path
  • Michelle Tatner | Dutton Gregory
  • Sarah Milligan | Innovate Ltd
  • Charlotte Bennett | Every Cloud

 

 

 

 

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