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Into our seventh year and it couldn’t be more exciting.  From humble beginnings in 2009 Venus Awards Dorset 2016 is set to be bigger and better than ever. A line-up of incredible Sponsors and supporters will ensure Venus rewards and recognizes many more women in business this year.


Applications are now closed – we will be announcing the finalists on the 2nd September. The winners will be awarded at our splendid award ceremony on 20th October. For more dates, please check our event calendar. Apply today and lift your business onto a new level!



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

  • “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.”

  • “Venus has changed my perspective on my business. What was once set up to deliver a message to the community and raise money for charity will now be expanded upon to increase productivity by releasing further books.”

  • “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.”

  • Samantha Acton | Domestic Angels
  • Dawn Truscott | Hampshire Accounting Solutions
  • Joanne Keeling | Izzy and Ollie
  • 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





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