Dorset Venus Awards Official Website

Into our sixth year and it couldn’t be more exciting.  From humble beginnings in 2009 Venus Awards Dorset 2015 is set to be bigger and better than ever. A line-up of incredible Sponsors and supporters will ensure Venus rewards and recognises many more women in business this year.


View the full list of the 2015 categories here!


The Venus Awards Ceremony, [dubbed the Working Women’s Oscars] will be held again at the magnificent Lighthouse Poole on Friday, September 18th, 2015.

Once again, we look forward to welcoming a select group of inspirational, driven and successful local women in business into the very exclusive Venus Awards Winner’s Circle.




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

“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

“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

Clever Marketing

Did you know that the fastest growing economy isn’t India or China its WOMEN. Join the many female-friendly companies supporting the Venus Awards

Semi Finalists 2014

Semi Finalists 2014

Finalists 2014

Finalists 2014

Winners 2014

Winners 2014

  • “The Venus Awards gave me great PR recognition, brand recognition, direct use of my services for finalists.”

  • “I was absolutely thrilled to have won my category and had an amazing night”

  • “Do not hesitate – be brave and put yourself forward as a contender!”

  • “The biggest impact that Venus Awards had on me personally was on my confidence in what I do . Especially as a woman in an industry which, like many, is male dominated at the higher levels.”

  • “The Venus Awards has give me a huge sense of achievement.”

  • “The fact that the awards are open and anyone can nominate makes the awards really special. Being surrounded by so many influential and inspirational women in business is an amazing experience and I have come back to work with even more enthusiasm & determination!”

  • “Aside from the obvious of meeting any number of people who have inspired and energised me, I have come to accept that I really am a business woman and NOT just a cottage industry. I have grown in courage and conviction which has resulted in me not only allowing Domestic Angels to grow but actually pushing the buttons of development and planning.”

  • “My association with the Venus Awards and my success as a finalist has improved my confidence as a business women. The Awards experience has motivated me to build the business further, to raise my profile and to become more involved with local business organisations and networking events.”

  • Zelda de Hollander | Studio Shotz Photography
  • Lesley Telford | The Grove Bournemouth
  • Jane Adkins | A Head for PR Ltd
  • Tricia Walker | Benedict’s Brother
  • Rachel Day | Lovekeepcreate Ltd
  • Maria Kemp | Kemp & Co Property Ltd
  • Samantha Acton | Domestic Angels
  • Dawn Truscott | Hampshire Accounting Solutions





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