Southampton Venus Awards Official Website

You may think the Southampton Venus Awards has reached its maximum … you would be pleasantly surprised that this fourth-year-running event continues to expand its reach!


Over 350 people attended the extremely glamorous and exclusive “social event of the business calendar” – the Venus Awards Ceremony [dubbed the “Working Women’s Oscars”,] which took place at the incredible Hilton at the Ageas Bowl on Friday 15th April.


The Awards, once again, drew over a thousand nominations and applications, and attracted dozens of sponsors and supporters.  Once again, we will be welcoming a select group of inspirational, driven and successful local women in business into the very exclusive Venus Awards Winner’s Circle.


Nominations and Applications are now closed for the Southampton Venus Awards! Please subscribe to find out when Southampton launches next year.




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

Did you know that the fastest growing economy isn’t India or China its WOMEN. Join the many female-friendly companies supporting the Venus Awards

Semi Finalists

Semi Finalists





  • “I feel very proud and delighted to see that my efforts are being rewarded. All the time, money and effort put into the website and social media have come to fruition. It feels amazing to know it wasn’t for nothing and that it was appreciated by both our customers and our peers alike.”

  • “Our clients have been commenting on the finalist status and telling us how impressed they are with it. I would say it has shown the clients how committed we are to excellence within our business.”

  • “I felt a huge amount of pride when receiving the award. Also my colleague Hannah Rowley received the Employee of the Year award which doubled the pride in our small team.”

  • “Personally I was feeling slightly demotivated before being involved with Venus Awards, so this whole process gave me the kick I needed!”

  • “The awards have made me appreciate the work I do and has given me confidence in my ability in more ways – running my own business, to network more effectively with other women and their businesses and to take chances and become more creative with my talent.”

  • “These awards are empowering women to lead more courageously.I have personally encouraged many women to apply as I know the award will not only acknowledge the work they are doing but will also inspire women to continue to achieve their vision.”

  • “The greatest feeling is to be publicly recognised for the business you have worked so hard to create. The awards are also such an amazing opportunity to meet so many like minded and successful business owners all striving to reach their goals. It is very inspirational.

  • “It’s great to be recognised for doing well at what you do. Working in your own business can be lonely and stressful. This recognition helps me realise that I do love working in my business and makes it feel all the more rewarding.”

  • Cecile Bergart | Hampshire Wine School
  • Priya Tew | Pilates with Priya
  • Shirley Pinn | Destination Southampton Limited
  • Juliet Blundell | Propaganda Hair
  • Jayne Freemantle |The Flower Basket and The Cake Basket
  • Emma Yorwerth | Eastleigh College
  • Belinda Jane Poore | BellaCrafts Ltd
  • Alex Herring | A&S Painting Services





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