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 are now OPEN for the Venus Awards Dorset 2017, you have the opportunity to nominate Dorset’s finest business and working women for the recognition they deserve.  Please press the “Nominate Now” or “Apply Now” buttons or to view the categories click here. 


Nominations Close – Monday 19th June 2017

Application Close – Monday 26th June 2017

Semi Finalist Announcement – Monday 17th July 2017

Finalist Announcement – Friday 8th September 2017

Awards Ceremony – Thursday 2nd November 2017


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

  • “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.”

  • “Winning Venus awards has given me much more belief in myself and confidence to stand by my decisions and driving my business forward. It makes me feel I am taken more seriously as a women and young Entrepreneur in the business world.”

  • “For me personally in the Employee of the Year category, it gave more awareness of the Business Centre that I worked in and my role to those voting for me or watching my video.”

  • “Being the winner of the Green Award in 2013 was great kudos for our sales consultants to be able to utilise in their sales pitch. What better way to promote our Company, and improve sales, The Venus Women Green Business Award Winner.”

  • “I felt that I have been recognised by more people, by being part of the awards and will have the opportunity to develop myself personally by finally realising that it can benefit my business by being the face of it. Even if that means I need to have my photo taken.”

  • Alexandra Wiggins | TARA Business Limited trading as The Lighter Path
  • Michelle Tatner | Dutton Gregory
  • Sarah Milligan | Innovate Ltd
  • Charlotte Bennett | Every Cloud
  • Jemma Cooper | HI Therapies
  • Carly Thompson | Basepoint Centres Limited
  • Arlene Edge | Solar Fusion Ltd
  • Rosie Wallace | Days Hotel Marsham Court





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