There was a lot of PR and marketing of the awards which increased the profile of my business.
I met a lot of fantastic women in business, many of whom I still keep in contact with. A lot of my customers noticed the award on display at the shop or the Venus badge on my e-mails and congratulated me on my award.
I made a number of new friends who are amazing businesswomen. It was a fantastic feeling to be nominated and amazing to actually win. I was overwhelmed by the whole awards process and how passionate Tara Howard is about the Venus Awards.
When joining Venus, definitely complete the forms if you get nominated and take the time to consider nominating someone you know who deserves to be nominated for an award.