More than Tea for Two at the Dorset Venus Awards 2016 Finalists Announcement in association with Mercedes-Benz of Poole!

Finalists of the Dorset Venus Awards 2016 in association with Mercedes-Benz of Poole at the Cumberland Hotel, Bournemouth. (Photography courtesy of Zelda De Hollander of Studio Shotz Photography).

Finalists of the Dorset Venus Awards 2016 in association with Mercedes-Benz of Poole at the Cumberland Hotel, Bournemouth. (Photography courtesy of Zelda De Hollander of Studio Shotz Photography).

It was more than tea for two at the Dorset Venus Awards 2016 in association with Mercedes-Benz of Poole Finalists Announcement at the Cumberland Hotel in Bournemouth.

The Cumberland Hotel in Bournemouth hosted this year’s Finalist’s Announcement of the Dorset Venus Awards in association with Mercedes-Benz of Poole on Friday 2nd September 2016.

Over 100 guests that included Semi-Finalists, Sponsors and guests were treated to an afternoon tea in the hotel’s stunning art-deco surroundings while waiting for the big announcement about who would progress as Finalists to the Venus Awards Winners Ceremony in October.

The Awards in Dorset were launched at Playgolf Bournemouth in April this year and participants have been whittled down to the Finalists stage by either sponsor judging or public voting. Sponsors and candidates have attended a variety of events over the intervening months to reach this point.

The Awards celebrate the vital contribution that women in business make to the local, regional, and national economy. The Awards are unique in that anyone can nominate a friend, client or family member.

Two new categories have been introduced in Dorset this year – Inspirational Woman in Technology (STEM disciplines) and Musical Talent.

Tara Mussell, Managing Directress of Ratio and sponsor of the Digital Media and Online Business of the Year category, says of the event and their support of the Venus Awards,

“The Cumberland Hotel was a fantastic location to celebrate this year’s outstandingly talented Venus Awards Finalists. The atmosphere was electric, as the afternoon was filled with a few nerves, lots of laughter and plenty of cake.”

“It was a heart-warming and proud experience for all to watch such talented and hardworking women take to the stage to be announced as Venus Finalists for Dorset. The October Awards Ceremony will be a brilliant and inspiring evening to give Dorset business women the praise and celebration they truly deserve.”

Talbot Heath School is sponsoring the ever-popular Business Mother of the Year Award, one of two categories that are voted for by the public.

This year’s Charity Sponsor is BOO whose aim is to help African children who are disadvantaged through economic poverty.

The Venus journey will culminate in a glamorous Ceremony and Gala Dinner to be held at Bournemouth International Centre on Thursday 20th October 2016.

The Finalists are:

Mercedes-Benz of Poole Influential Woman of the Year

Rebecca Anstey – UK School of Modelling

Jaya da Costa – Dorset Blind Association

Amanda Jenner – Potty Training Academy

Ash Elite Professional of the Year

Amy Cousineau-Massey – Steele Raymond LLP

Michelle Dixon – Humphries Kirk

Natasha Duffy-Jones – Laceys Solicitors

ATLAS ELEKTRONIK UK Inspirational Woman in Technology (STEM)

Jane Askew – Carers Connected

Emma Friendship-Kilburn – Emm-Power Ltd

Tania Humphries-Smith – Bournemouth University

Bournemouth University Inspirational Woman of the Year

Sophie Cook – Sophie Cook

Samantha Everard – Roses and Garters Ltd

Sally Harvey – AOK Rucksack Appeal

Christchurch Jewellers Entrepreneur of the Year

Kate Atkinson – Bridal Reloved Franchising Ltd

Georgina Hurcombe – LoveLove Films

Lucinda Bilboe – BOXXX

Dutton Gregory Small Business of the Year

Mandy Fitzmaurice – Purple HR

Hollie Power – Forever Gorgeous

Rebecca Woolford – Rebixit-Consulting

Enhanced Company of the Year

Rowena Bird – Lush

Rosie Kennar – Hoburne Holidays

Anna Rosier – Organix

Exterion Media Marketing and PR Award

Fiona Carter – UK Health Online

Lesley Fereti – Lester Aldridge LLP

Suzanne Revell – Churchill Retirement Living

Fizz Benefits Musical Talent Award

Carley Dawson – BeeCreative Company

Helen Jenkins – Helen Jenkins

Jenny Oag – Jenny Oag

Interlink Express Customer Service Award

Suzanne Barnes – Aish Technologies

Judith Browing – SPS Print Group Ltd

Rosy Jones – BEBC

MPLOY Staff Manager of the Year

Natalie Joyce – RiskSTOP Group Ltd

Mandy Kittlety- Luxury Care

Charlotte Wills – RIAS

Playgolf Bournemouth Networker of the Year

Dawn Cook – Dorset Women in Business

Zelda De Hollander – Studio Shotz Photography

Lorna Trent – Parrot

Ratio Digital Media and Online Business of the Year

Karina Grassy – Slumbersac Trading Co. Ltd

Arabella Lewis-Smith – Salad Creative

Eve Rykaczewska – Supreme Baby Limited

Talbot Heath School Business Mother of the Year

Michelle Bartlett – Live Laugh Love Ladies Club

Miriam Phillips – Bright Daisy Publishing Ltd

Kerry Pocock – Make a Space

Tigerlilly Nails New Business of the Year

Ali Dolphin – Mindful Solace Ltd

Tracey Verrall – NU-VO Hair and Beauty

Sue Weller – Furry Feasts


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