Dorset Venus Awards Official Website

From humble beginnings in 2009 Venus Awards Dorset 2016 was bigger and better than ever at the BIC with over 418 attendees.    Nominations for the Venus Awards Dorset 2017 will open in the Spring when you will again have the opportunity to nominate Dorset’s finest business and working women for the recognition they deserve.  If you would like to be notified when nominations open please subscribe to the Dorset Newsletter.



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

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Semi Finalists 2014

Semi Finalists 2014

Finalists 2014

Finalists 2014

Winners 2014

Winners 2014

  • “I believe it has helped my business and my staff stand out from the other salons in Dorset and shows us all the long hours, the tears and the heartache is worth the effort and skills we put into our role.”

  • “The biggest benefit is being able to learn from what they have been doing and to see where I might be able to emulate their successes and achievements to help my own organisation.”

  • “Winning the Venus Award was a very important moment in my life. That was my first award that was given to me outside the nail industry, which is my passion that I managed to turn into my career.”

  • “Being nominated makes you feel wonderful – knowing your success is truly recognised, and even if you don’t win, you have great fun and laughter along the way. I say – raise your sights high, get into the arena, and surprise yourself at what you can achieve. You can only benefit from this amazing experience.”

  • “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.”

  • Simone Thomas | M.W.A.H
  • Linda Parkinson-Hardman | Hysterectomy Association
  • Olga Clapcott | TIGERLILLY
  • Pauline Monk | Purple Teardrop Campaign/ Soroptimist International Poole
  • Zelda de Hollander | Studio Shotz Photography
  • Lesley Telford | The Grove Bournemouth
  • Jane Adkins | A Head for PR Ltd
  • Tricia Walker | Benedict’s Brother





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