Southampton Venus Awards Official Website

Due to high demand we will proudly be launching the Hampshire Venus Awards in Spring 2017, which will encompass the Southampton Awards. In this new mega region you will have the opportunity to nominate Hampshire’s finest business and working women for the recognition they deserve.

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 2016.

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

Please subscribe to find out more about the Hampshire Venus Awards 2017 launch, which now includes Southampton.




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

Semi Finalists





  • “However in addition the awards have been noticed by our clients and contemporaries, highlighting that we really do everything we can to continuously improve on our internal processes and on customer satisfaction.”

  • “Being nominated has given me more confidence. I have allowed myself to stop and think yes I do a good job and I have enjoyed and accepted the praise. (which I don’t usually do.)”

  • “It was a lovely accolade to win an award I am proud of. I was very surprised to have won such a prestigious award and it was a great confidence boost and a very nice recognition of my career progression/ success to date.”

  • “I can’t tell you how proud I was to be recognised for all of my hard work and dedication to my business. My son, daughter and partner were there to watch me accept the award as I went on stage to give an emotional, straight from the heart speech.”

  • “Now I am able to do that with the added bonus of being recognised for this too by being part of the Venus Awards. I am truly really happy to have been nominated and very excited to be at the final and have even more drive to prove my company to be even more successful and to grow and develop over the coming years.”

  • “I feel that being nominated is a recognition of the hard work and commitment that my business partner and I have dedicated to making River Aesthetics a success. The nomination is a firm endorsement from our peers and business women that we are on the right track.”

  • “Personally, Venus Awards has made me sit back and look at what I have been doing over the last few years and feel proud. We all live very busy lives and it takes something like the Venus awards for you to stop and reflect.”

  • “Every seed takes its time to grow and blossom into something unique and beautiful… so once you have planted the seed (your business venture) and did all the hard work, its a exciting to share your journey and achievements with everyone!”

  • Freya Smith | British Nannies
  • Natasha Still | Parkhouse The Jeweller
  • Nina Basser | Hotel TerraVina Ltd
  • Teresa Francis | Feminine Wear
  • Joanne Hicks | Jo Hicks Flowers
  • Charlotte Woodward | River Aesthetics
  • Helen Clarke | Effectivechanges
  • Annie Cerna | Golden Groove Entertainment





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