More than Tea for Two at the NatWest Thames Valley Venus Awards 2017 Finalists Announcement in association with Marshall Volkswagen!

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Finalists of the NatWest Thames Valley Venus Awards 2017 in association with Marshall Volkswagen. (Photograph courtesy of Hemma Mason of Hemma Mason Photography).

 It was more than tea for two at the NatWest Thames Valley Venus Awards 2017 Finalists Announcement in association with Marshall Volkswagen hosted by Grosvenor Casino Reading South on Thursday, 6th April 2017.

At a superb afternoon tea hosted by Grosvenor Casino Reading South on Thursday, 6th April 2017 and attended by over 100 guests, the NatWest Thames Valley Venus Awards 2017 in association with Marshall Volkswagen celebrated the success of the Semi-Finalists progressing to the next stage in the new, super-size region of the Awards.

Competition has been strong in its inaugural year in Thames Valley with 1,400 nominations and 320 applications received in one or more of the 15 categories. Launched last November, participants have been whittled down to the Finalists stage through a combination of sponsor and public judging.

The NatWest Thames Valley Awards 2017 in association with Marshall Volkswagen have two perfect media partners who are sponsoring categories. 107 JACKfm Berkshire is co-sponsoring the Entrepreneur of the Year category with well-known local business man and philanthropist Sir John Madejski, and The Reading Chronicle is sponsoring the ever-popular public vote category of Business Mother of the Year.

Attending the event was Fiona Blair, Marketing Director at the University of Reading and this year’s Sponsor of the Inspirational Woman category. When asked how they found judging their Semi-Finalists to reach this Finalist stage, says,

“We found the judging process very difficult and we spent a long time deliberating. We based our final decision in the end on how much of an inspiration our candidates had been to others, how many people they had inspired, and also the breadth of audience they had inspired; but it was very tough indeed.”

Also attending on behalf of accountants and business advisers Wilkins Kennedy LLP, who are the Sponsors of the Professional of the Year Award, was Partner, David Tann, who says,

“It was interesting to go and see our candidates’ businesses and to find out more about them; from that direct engaged experience we whittled them down to our shortlist. They are all doing fantastic things in their businesses. In fact the hardest thing was deciding who we were going to drop out!”

Clive Young, Key Account Manager for The Reading Chronicle, Sponsor of the perennially popular public vote category of Business Mother, says of their judging,

“The judging process was very, very difficult. It was exciting to see so many working mums with such enthusiasm and juggling working life and business together. Every one of our nominees came across well. The calibre of some of the videos made by the candidates were epic – Spielberg standard! Ultimately, what they had achieved in business was the deciding factor.”

Charity Sponsor for the inaugural Thames Valley Venus Awards is Naomi House and Jacksplace that provide expert hospice care to more than 340 life-limited and life-threatened children, young people, and their extended families.

The Venus journey will culminate in a glamorous Ceremony and Gala Dinner at the Madejski Stadium on Friday, 9th June 2017.

The Finalists are:

NatWest New Business of the Year

Hannah May Khan – The Shredquarters

Viktoria Baker – Ugly Apples

Rebecca Dance – Diamond Marketing Services

Marshall Volkswagen Customer Service Award

Chantal Cornelius – Appletree Marketing Consulting Ltd

Lauren Wheeler – Lauren Wheeler Hair and Makeup

Charlotte Cavanagh – Time for Tea

Grosvenor Casino Networker of the Year

Lis Allen – Vagina Dialogues

Lisa Chaffey – Pickle Marketing

Rachel Tombs – Links2Leads

Sandler Training High Achiever of the Year

Hayley Beer-Gamage – Experience Oxfordshire

Kim Dudko – Subex UK Ltd

Tracey Rawling Church – KYOCERA Document Solutions UK Ltd

IKEA Green Business of the Year

Alison Hussey – The Local Larder

Christine McRitchie – Earthwise Trading Ltd

Victoria Lochhead – Frankie & Ruby

107 JACKfm Berkshire and Sir John Madejski Entrepreneur of the Year

Charlotte Cavanagh – Time for Tea

Hannah Goldsmith – Goldsmith Financial Solutions

Rachel Eden – Holy Brook Associates Ltd

Parfitt Cresswell Influential Woman of the Year

Alison Hussey – The Local Larder

Atuksha Poonwassie – Simple Backing and Simple Equity

Jacqueline Scoins-Cass MBE – Thames Valley Kings Wheelchair Basketball Club

HR Manager of the Year

Barb Elliott – Baxter

Anneke Shearere – FISCAL Technologies

Sally Bannister – Turn IT On

Peninsula Small Business of the Year

Hannah Goldsmith – Goldsmith Financial Solutions

Louise Bowers – PurpleFox Marketing Ltd

Louise Chandler – Soundbite Media

The Reading Chronicle Business Mother of the Year

Aduke Onafowakan – The Sister Sister Network

Catherine Turner – Rapid Search & Interim and Firefly Human Capital

Anna-Marie Lategan – Health and Wellbeing Group Ltd

University of Reading Inspirational Woman of the Year

Angela Cox – OEE Consulting

Heidi Strickland-Clark – FastTrack Fit Camp Ltd

Lucy Coulbert – The Individual Funeral Company

Wilkins Kennedy LLP Professional of the Year

Cheryl Adams – Santander

Claire Rowe – Shoosmiths Solicitors

Nicky Larkin – Goringe Accountants

Sandler Training Manager of the Year

Sam Bramwell – Microsoft

Dorothy Dix – Creating Better Futures

Christine Clacey – Microsoft

Lifetime Achievement Award

Ruth Cane – Ruth Cane – Image and Impact

Jude Price – Creative Conundrums

Rachael Wood – Forever Living

 

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