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.

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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

“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

“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

Clever Marketing

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Semi Finalists

Semi Finalists





  • “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.”

  • “The Venus Awards has not only brought many great woman together, but it also has given a good feel within the city of Southampton as well as other major cities.”

  • “The awards have shown me that I can be a full time mum and run a successful business as well and that it’s ok to be proud to celebrate it.”

  • “I wasn’t looking for anything more, but we all like to be recognised, and that’s just what the Venus Awards have done.”

  • “I would recommend Women to get involved in the awards, not only does the awards recognize Women in business; it increases your confidence. It is a great achievement and recognition for the work that you do. It is a great feeling when other people appreciate all your work.”

  • “Personally, the Awards helped me to recognise the value of continuing to do what I do. To be recognised by other women is an incredible boost to confidence and although you know that what you do is valuable, having that underpinned and recognised by your peers adds value to everything from that point on. I intend to continue to display the awards ( Local and National) with great pride.”

  • “I have been a working woman for over 30 years and in this time received commendations for my work, however, nothing as personal as this nomination. I feel very proud and honoured to have inspired my colleagues and friends. I always do my best to share my knowledge, support others and provide a helping hand.”

  • Belinda Jane Poore | BellaCrafts Ltd
  • Alex Herring | A&S Painting Services
  • Tina Wellman-Hawke | The Dave Wellman Cancer Trust
  • Katy Handley – Quint | .PINKS. Children’s Boutique
  • Pam Bates | Countess Mountbatten Hospice Charity
  • Bleu Porter | AVKO
  • Christine Tebano | Parent Support Link
  • Linda Pragnell | Capitol Financial Solutions Limited





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