Semi Finalist

Business Mother of the Year

Kelly Picton

Glow Resourcing (Formally R4)

Glow Resourcing started as a 1 pregnant woman operation from a kitchen table and now, 2 years on, has 4 staff recruiting in 3 sectors throughout the UK – All Mummys trying to fit full time jobs into part time hours to get the perfect work/life balance and Glow is a company that offers the flexibility to do just that!

Sarah Hibbert

Charmed Glass

Sarah started Charmed Glass after throwing a cocktail party for her birthday & engraving glasses for each of her guests. The glasses were an overwhelming success & Charmed Glass was born!

Verity Evans

Southampton pamper parties

I own Southampton pamper parties and The pink room. Southampton pamper parties offers pamper party packages from 5+ to adults hen parties. I think its really important to show your children from a young age that you need to work.

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,…

Melissa O\\\’Dwyer

Little Bee Bakery

I am using my 16 years sales management experience in travel and tourism to develop my own business providing the best quality cakes and biscuits. I am passionate about sourcing local ingredients and I have a belief that everyone should be able to have their cake and eat it so I continue to develop gluten free, diary free and vegan ranges

Clair Maskell

Childcare Clair

I am very passionate about childcare matters and although I am now at home with my own child, I want to still remain in touch with the childcare sector and help other parents and practitioners with their childcare issues.

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.

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.

Jacqueline Moore

Radcliffe & Co

I joined Radcliffes in 2010. I previously worked for Lloyds TSB and AEGON. I have worked in the Financial Services Industry for over 30 years. I am a keen skier, mountain biker and road cyclist. I regularly take part in charity cycling events in the UK and abroad. My latest challenge involved cycling from St Malo to Cahors in France in relay over 3 days with a team of 4 women.

jane ogden

making miracles childcare ltd

Making Miracles Nursery Chandlers Ford was opened in 2006 by Mrs Jane Ogden. Having brought up four children of her own and with 12 years experience working in childcare Jane’s aim was to provide a nursery for local children that felt like home from home.

Customer Service Award

Paula Warman

Aura Landscapes Ltd

Often described as a true entrepreneurial spirit, I get enormous satisfaction from taking small ideas, and building them into credible businesses. One such business is Aura Landscapes since becoming MD in 2012 the business has grown considerably into a successful, profitable company.

Freya Smith

British Nannies

British Nannies Group Founder and Managing Director Freya Smith has a career history in corporate consultancy and a sincere passion for quality and customer satisfaction. As a mother of two herself, Freya has many years’ experience interacting with both childcare providers and agencies. Through these years of experience it became clear that finding and hiring a nanny is not always an easy process – but Freya firmly believes it should be.

Jo Hicks

Jo Hicks Flowers

Jo has grown her thriving wedding florist business over the last 9 years, whilst bringing up 4 children, plus 2 stepchildren. Her business is well recognised in the area as offering exceptional quality with attention to detail and personal service.

Jenny Marie Court

Just Shine

Jenny is the owner and works as a hairstylist at JUST SHINE ,A small independent salon situated in Oxford Street, Southampton. After 22 years in the business she has excelled in customer service that’s why she is here today…from new clients to now friends!

Priya Tew

Pilates with Priya

Priya launched full time into Dietitian UK after the birth of her child, since then things have flourished, with TV appearances, work with companies and a busy blog, all balanced around a toddler!

Kimberley Garrod

Kimberley Garrod Photography / Curdridge Southampton

I started my photography business in March 2012 and took a leap of faith into starting up my own photography business. I have been a photographer since age 17 and the leap of faith was well worth it and business is growing even stronger this year.

Amanda Haimes

Card factory

As a manager Amanda was always understanding and helping. she is there as a boss and a friend when needed. she works with me and helps me progress in the company. I know I can trust her and talk to her when I need to. she there for me and never lets us down. I’m happy to work with her and for her. she helps the company we work for and makes sure we all understand and are working in the right direction. she helps as progress and the company itself.

Jayne Freemantle

The Flower Basket and The Cake Basket

Jayne started The Gift Basket in 2006 when she had a run of babies in her extended family. Jayne re-trained as an Advanced Florist in 2010 and along with her skill as a cake artist – The Flower Basket and The Cake Basket were born in late 2011!

Kate Raine

Pressing Needs

Kate leads an active life, whether she is guaranteeing customer satisfaction at Pressing Needs or exploring her creative abilities…… but she enjoys nothing more at the end of the day than spending time with her other half and their dog Bruno.

Melissa O\\\’Dwyer

Little Bee Bakery

I am using my 16 years sales management experience in travel and tourism to develop my own business providing the best quality cakes and biscuits. I am passionate about sourcing local ingredients and I have a belief that everyone should be able to have their cake and eat it so I continue to develop gluten free, diary free and vegan ranges

Employee of the Year

Emma Lester

University of Southampton

Emma leads& assists in a variety of projects working with students from a wide background to improve their experience of Higher Education at Southampton. Liaising between students and staff to create positive initiatives& support current endeavours

Linda Pragnell

Capitol Financial Solutions Ltd

Linda Pragnell – Client Development Manager
Linda has worked with Capitol Financial Solutions, a Partner Practice with St. James’s Place, for 8 years in administration and office management. She has a management background in the printing industry and specialises in providing an outstanding level of customer service in the Wealth Management sector. Linda focusses on developing client events and marketing strategies.

Bleu Porter

AVKO Limited

Bleu has been employed at AVKO for 12 years and has achieved a significant amount during her time here, including her recent promotion to Operations Manager. She always makes juggling a family and professional work life look like a breeze, so we felt she should be recognised for her achievements by being nominated for this award.

natasha 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.

Karla Watkins

University of Southampton

I work at the Univeristy of Southampton. My role is to make links with local businesses that could benefit from a student placement. I then manage these placements from recruitment to the end of the internship.

Bridget Morby

Butler & Co (Bishops Waltham) Limited

Bridget joined Butler & Co in November 1999 as secretary to Stephen. She has over 20 years of experience of administration and clerical positions having previously worked for Hampshire Constabulary and local government in a variety of admin roles.

Away from work Bridget enjoys her garden and various handicraft activities.

Employer of the Year

Freya Smith

British Nannies

British Nannies Group Founder and Managing Director Freya Smith has a career history in corporate consultancy and a sincere passion for quality and customer satisfaction. As a mother of two herself, Freya has many years’ experience interacting with both childcare providers and agencies. Through these years of experience it became clear that finding and hiring a nanny is not always an easy process – but Freya firmly believes it should be.

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.”

Amanda Haimes

Card factory

As a manager Amanda was always understanding and helping. she is there as a boss and a friend when needed. she works with me and helps me progress in the company. I know I can trust her and talk to her when I need to. she there for me and never lets us down. I’m happy to work with her and for her. she helps the company we work for and makes sure we all understand and are working in the right direction. she helps as progress and the company itself.

Amy Bennett

YOU Massage Therapy

Young entrepreneur, successfully launched a business from being a part time Massage Therapist to now running a Massage and Organic Therapy Company with 9 members of staff and 1000s of clients! I have done so without help or finance in less than 3 yrs

Catherine Maxfield

Eric Robinson Solicitors

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.

Entrepreneur of the Year

Paula Warman

Aura Landscapes Ltd

Often described as a true entrepreneurial spirit, I get enormous satisfaction from taking small ideas, and building them into credible businesses. One such business is Aura Landscapes since becoming MD in 2012 the business has grown considerably into a successful, profitable company.

Juliet Blundell

Propaganda hair salon

I currently run 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!!!

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.”

Green Business Award

Freya Smith

British Nannies

British Nannies Group Founder and Managing Director Freya Smith has a career history in corporate consultancy and a sincere passion for quality and customer satisfaction. As a mother of two herself, Freya has many years’ experience interacting with both childcare providers and agencies. Through these years of experience it became clear that finding and hiring a nanny is not always an easy process – but Freya firmly believes it should be.

Michelle Smith

Heavenly Bodies Beauty Studio

I have run Heavenly Bodies Beauty Studio for nearly 8 years. I have over 100 clients and my couch is often used as a confidential ‘life issues’ discussion base too! I am Mum to Robyn (10) and Dominic (8). I am a Neals Yard Remedies team leader too. I have helped all my team to get going with their own businesses.

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.

karen wescott

K W Cleaning Ltd

business mum of the year would be a massive award for karen wescott as she really is so good shes had cancer and shes had 3 kids running a business single handed her partner passed away of cancer , she organized 2 charity events to raise awareness and funds for cancer . shes just about to launch a just giving web site to raise money again , she just coming to a end of writing a book about her life all proccedes to go to cancer charitys. she has 2 other companys running as well its just endless . If any one deserves this award its karen wescott .

Pippa Bailey

Solardome Industries

An enthusiastic and results orientated leader with a passion and proven track record for innovation and generating business growth. Highly organised with a keen eye for detail and strong analytical skills I excel in a variety of roles including leadership,people management, marketing and project management. With strong interpersonal skills and excellent communication I am able to quickly build rapport with a broad spectrum of people at all business levels and sectors.

Home Based Business Award

Verity Evans

Southampton pamper parties

I own Southampton pamper parties and The pink room. Southampton pamper parties offers pamper party packages from 5+ to adults hen parties. I think its really important to show your children from a young age that you need to work.

Jayne Freemantle

The Flower Basket and The Cake Basket

Jayne started The Gift Basket in 2006 when she had a run of babies in her extended family. Jayne re-trained as an Advanced Florist in 2010 and along with her skill as a cake artist – The Flower Basket and The Cake Basket were born in late 2011!

Rosie Matthews

Radiance Wellbeing Studio

My business focuses on digestive health and stress management. This is my passion after losing my mum to colon cancer. My modern clinic is located in the former garage of my City Centre townhouse, which is where I live with my husband and 2 year old daughter.

Kimberley Garrod

Kimberley Garrod Photography / Curdridge Southampton

I started my photography business in March 2012 and took a leap of faith into starting up my own photography business. I have been a photographer since age 17 and the leap of faith was well worth it and business is growing even stronger this year.

Lucie Patel Varekova

Winning Leap / Nikken

I teach you simple steps to true health in the 21st century starting in your home. Be prepared to see lot of healthy and wealthy families here in Hampshire and beyond this country. Good Health is not just one thing, is Everything!

Influential Woman of the Year

Cheryl Rickman

Flourish

Cheryl Rickman’s mission is to help make the world a little less frowny & a lot more appreciative, resilient and positive. She does this via Flourish weekenders, The Flourish Challenge and The Flourish Handbook and is the author of 7 books.

Hammie Tappenden

West Itchen Community Trust / intobiz / Southampton Solent Universtiy

Hammie has organized and operated her own businesses for many years but is one of the few business leaders I know who uses her own experience to advise those just staring in business and stay with them once they have got their businesses going.

Jo Reeves

University Hospital Southampton

Jo Reeves has worked in cancer care for 40 years and saw the need to develop a drop in support service for everyone affected by cancer. The Macmillian centre has seen over 85,000 visitors and Jo has been influential in the initial bid for funds including the 2014 extension works. The centre offers financial advice, counselling, complementarty therapies, workshops, information as well as a peaceful environment in a busy hospital setting.

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.

Mary White

Southampton Solent University

Mary has extensive experience of working in both the public and private sector in the specialism of HRM and specifically in: leadership, organisational development and diversity. Through living and working in the Middle East and Europe she has gained considerable experience of working across cultures and how inclusivity is achieved in the learning environment. Her roles within the academic sector include both Course and Unit Leader responsibilities.

Inspirational Woman Award

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.

Emma Yorwerth

Eastleigh College

I have taken on a variety of senior roles at Eastleigh College through hard work and a determination to succeed. I never limit myself and know that you can go as far as your mind lets you. Whatever you believe, remember, you can achieve, and never give up.

Linda Pragnell

Capitol Financial Solutions Ltd

Linda Pragnell – Client Development Manager
Linda has worked with Capitol Financial Solutions, a Partner Practice with St. James’s Place, for 8 years in administration and office management. She has a management background in the printing industry and specialises in providing an outstanding level of customer service in the Wealth Management sector. Linda focusses on developing client events and marketing strategies.

Avril Owton MBE

Cloud Hotel

I am the owner of the Cloud Hotel in Brockenhurst and became the sole owner in 1991 when my husband died very suddenly leaving me with 4 children a failing hotel and no financial support. My book ‘Delighting Your Customers’ was published in 2007

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.

Lifetime Achievement Award

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.

Jan Foster

Dancewise Studios Limited

Jan has worked for Hampshire Constabulary, the RAF Education Service, solicitors’ practices and in the travel industry. She has also worked as a co-director in a successful security company with responsibility for administration, personnel, accounts, wages and marketing. Having worked in the high street retail sector, Jan is a fully qualified shoe fitter with both Start-Rite and Clarks. Jan has ten years experience of working in the voluntary sector as a Brownie Guider.

Helen Clarke

Effective changes/Kumon new milton/lighterlife lymington/junior effective changes

Helen runs a number of companies. Effective changes helps people make changes in their lives using a variety of therapies including Clinical Hypnotherapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Her specialist company Junior Effective Changes helps youngsters and adolescents with difficulties they are experiencing. She has taught Kumon English and maths for 18 years. Alongside this Helen runs Weightloss counselling groups.Her children’s novel was published this month.

Hammie Tappenden

West Itchen Community Trust / intobiz / Southampton Solent Universtiy

Hammie has organized and operated her own businesses for many years but is one of the few business leaders I know who uses her own experience to advise those just staring in business and stay with them once they have got their businesses going.

Avril Owton MBE

Cloud Hotel

I am the owner of the Cloud Hotel in Brockenhurst and became the sole owner in 1991 when my husband died very suddenly leaving me with 4 children a failing hotel and no financial support. My book ‘Delighting Your Customers’ was published in 2007

New Business Award

Katy Handley-Quint

.PINKS. The Pink Party Box Company 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 0-13years 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.

Kimberley Garrod

Kimberley Garrod Photography / Curdridge Southampton

I started my photography business in March 2012 and took a leap of faith into starting up my own photography business. I have been a photographer since age 17 and the leap of faith was well worth it and business is growing even stronger this year.

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.

Charlotte Woodward

River aesthetics ltd

Ambitious and dedicated to her passion, which is River Aesthetics, Charlotte genuinely believes that with her business partner, they can bring something special to the world of aesthetic medicine. Clinical custom and practice from their vast medical experience, merged with skill, artistry and high levels of client care, optimise results for their valued customers.

Kelly Picton

Glow Resourcing (Formally R4)

Glow Resourcing started as a 1 pregnant woman operation from a kitchen table and now, 2 years on, has 4 staff recruiting in 3 sectors throughout the UK – All Mummys trying to fit full time jobs into part time hours to get the perfect work/life balance and Glow is a company that offers the flexibility to do just that!

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,…

Charli Edwards

Little red creative

I provide a whole range of creative services, from photography, to graphic design, clothing design, journalism and web Design. I do this outside of my 9-5 position as a regular web designer for BDML based in Portsmouth. Little Red Creative is on the go and with me 24/7

Freya Smith

British Nannies

British Nannies Group Founder and Managing Director Freya Smith has a career history in corporate consultancy and a sincere passion for quality and customer satisfaction. As a mother of two herself, Freya has many years’ experience interacting with both childcare providers and agencies. Through these years of experience it became clear that finding and hiring a nanny is not always an easy process – but Freya firmly believes it should be.

Aycin Wateridge

B Organic Skincare

Aycin has a degree International Business and Economics. She started B Organic Skincare in 2010 on a shoe string budget. Since then she’s been selected by Dragon’s Den Theo Paphitis and products available globally.

Lucie Patel Varekova

Winning Leap / Nikken

I teach you simple steps to true health in the 21st century starting in your home. Be prepared to see lot of healthy and wealthy families here in Hampshire and beyond this country. Good Health is not just one thing, is Everything!

Professional of the Year

Catherine Maxfield

Eric Robinson Solicitors

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.

Petra Oyston

Dstl

Microbiology touches every aspect of life. It is very exciting to explore the workings of the microscopic universe. The work is very varied and requires a range of skills, not just in the laboratory: communicating your results is very important, so good written and oral presentation skills are also important. It is very exciting to be the first person ever to know something, based on an experiment you designed and conducted, and great fun sharing that with other interested people.

Jo Reeves

University Hospital Southampton

Jo Reeves has worked in cancer care for 40 years and saw the need to develop a drop in support service for everyone affected by cancer. The Macmillian centre has seen over 85,000 visitors and Jo has been influential in the initial bid for funds including the 2014 extension works. The centre offers financial advice, counselling, complementarty therapies, workshops, information as well as a peaceful environment in a busy hospital setting.

Amy Bennett

YOU Massage Therapy

Young entrepreneur, successfully launched a business from being a part time Massage Therapist to now running a Massage and Organic Therapy Company with 9 members of staff and 1000s of clients! I have done so without help or finance in less than 3 yrs

Charlotte Woodward

River aesthetics ltd

Ambitious and dedicated to her passion, which is River Aesthetics, Charlotte genuinely believes that with her business partner, they can bring something special to the world of aesthetic medicine. Clinical custom and practice from their vast medical experience, merged with skill, artistry and high levels of client care, optimise results for their valued customers.

Small Business Award

Paula Warman

Aura Landscapes Ltd

Often described as a true entrepreneurial spirit, I get enormous satisfaction from taking small ideas, and building them into credible businesses. One such business is Aura Landscapes since becoming MD in 2012 the business has grown considerably into a successful, profitable company.

kelly hallett

Kelly’s CakeAway

Im Kelly and I love to bake and create,from simple cupcakes,to carved novelty cakes,and everything in between, from birthdays to weddings, to ‘just because’ there’s always an excuse for cake.
I am dedicated to making my cakes taste just as good as they look…you dream it,and i’ll bake it! I always hand model all the decorations on my cakes and like to make everything edible where possible.

Priya Tew

Pilates with Priya

Priya launched full time into Dietitian UK after the birth of her child, since then things have flourished, with TV appearances, work with companies and a busy blog, all balanced around a toddler!

Pippa Bailey

Solardome Industries

An enthusiastic and results orientated leader with a passion and proven track record for innovation and generating business growth. Highly organised with a keen eye for detail and strong analytical skills I excel in a variety of roles including leadership,people management, marketing and project management. With strong interpersonal skills and excellent communication I am able to quickly build rapport with a broad spectrum of people at all business levels and sectors.

Amy Bennett

YOU Massage Therapy

Young entrepreneur, successfully launched a business from being a part time Massage Therapist to now running a Massage and Organic Therapy Company with 9 members of staff and 1000s of clients! I have done so without help or finance in less than 3 yrs

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