Southampton triumph with five winners in Venus Awards National Finals!
Regional Winners of Southampton Venus Awards in association with Peter Cooper Motor Group triumph with five winners in the Venus Awards 2016 National Finals.
The National Venus Awards Finals, now in its third year, celebrated the success of its National winners for 2016 with regional winners, Associate, National and Regional Sponsors, guests and supporters in the beautiful surroundings of the Hampshire-based Hand-Picked Audley Woods Hotel on Thursday 7th July 2016.
The Venus Awards National Finals saw 70 regional winners compete in their respective categories for a coveted National Venus Award trophy, and where the bringing together of the Venus family of inspirational and influential women from across several counties and regions made for a remarkable and celebratory afternoon.
The deserving National winners were chosen from a massive 4846 nominations and 1333 applications as well as a grand total of 5862 votes being cast.
Sharing their experiences of overcoming adversity, building success, and transforming lives with the assembled guests were Inspirational Speakers Michelle Mills-Porter, a multi-award winning business woman who was caught in the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami and survived, Barbara Burgess, Success Coach and Business Mentor, and Jemma Cooper, multi-award winning young entrepreneur and National Venus Awards Ambassador.
National Sponsors of this yearâ€™s Venus Awards National Finals are Audley Woods Hotel, BBX, Extra Help, Barbara Burgess, Love Urban Beauty, Neolimn Graphic Design, and The Photo Rooms.
Of the year-on-year growth of the Venus Awards Founder Tara Howard, herself a business woman and mother of four, says,
â€œIt really is inspiring to see how much support and enthusiasm there is for the awards and what a difference they can make. Iâ€™ve even had past winners confess to me that the Awards have changed their lives as well as increase their business â€“ thatâ€™s really powerful, and drives me forward to expand and launch the Awards in new regions to recognise more deserving women.â€
Sally Allen Gerard of Wizard Jeans, herself a National Winner in 2015 and also sponsor of theÂ Â Entrepreneur of the Year in the Devon Venus Awards for 2015, said of the afternoonâ€™s celebrations,
â€œAnother National Finals of the Venus Awards â€“ and another inspiring day. When you are starting out having any achievement recognised is extremely important as itâ€™s so encouraging and can help take you to the next stage. By the time you get to my age with over 40 years of business behind you, a Venus Award is no less important. In fact the appreciation and recognition is even more rewarding. The Venus Awards have not only made this possible they have also created a supportive network of like-minded businesswomen and are constantly adding to the value of Venus in our lives.â€
Peter Gilbert, Operations Manager of Playgolf Bournemouth and Sponsor of the Networker of the Year category in the Dorset Venus Awards for 2015 and 2016, says,
â€œIt was an honour to be invited to theÂ Venus Awards National Finals and to present the Manager of the Year Award. As always with a Venus event, it was great to meet and mingle with so many business women from across the South of England. The social atmosphere provides the perfect environment to network and discuss relevant business matters, whilst at the same time, listen to the speakers share the fascinating experiences that have shaped how they approach their businesses, both on a moral and operational level day-to-day. It was marvelous to see so many happy faces throughout the day.â€
Southampton regional winners carried off the National Title for Director of the Year sponsored by Enhanced and was won by Gail Thomas of TW Metals, who previously a European Sales manager is now Managing Director of TW Metalsâ€™ European Region. The company is a leading global distributor with over 30 stocking locations in North America, Europe and Asia, providing outstanding service to their customers world-wide.
Samantha Kingston of Virtual Umbrella won the category of New Business Award sponsored by Rothmans LLP, and is a highly focused entrepreneur working to find the next big thing in virtual reality. Virtual Umbrella is a specialist marketing agency created to help small developers and businesses raise awareness for their products and services.
Gill Farnsworth of Countess Mountbatten Hospice won the Lifetime of Excellence Award and as a volunteer of 30 years is a total inspiration and committed to giving up her time to help others. The hospice was established to raise funds for the Countess Mountbatten House, where people with life-limiting illnesses are cared for, both in the hospice and in the community that spans a catchment area of 46 square miles.
Mo Morgan of Lakesmere won the category of Marketing Award sponsored by bandv, and is a highly motivated and experienced PR and marketing professional specialising in brand development, strategy and communications. Lakesmere is a leading roofing, cladding and faÃ§ade specialist contractor offering its clients a complete design, installation and management service.
Melissa Lane-Gilhespy of Htec Ltd won the category of Team Leader Award sponsored by Interlink Express, and as a dedicated customer service professional at HTEC Ltd, one of Europeâ€™s largest providers of loyalty, payment and forecourt technology solutions. Melissa prides herself on delivering outstanding levels of service to her customers â€“ who include some of the worldâ€™s largest leading retailers.