Competition has been fierce this year for the Dorset Venus Awards with a record-breaking number of nominations and applications across the 15 award categories in Dorset and with 5,862 votes cast in the three Public Vote categories.

Dubbed the ‘Working Women’s Oscars’ by Channel 4 and now in its sixth year, the Venus Awards goes from strength-to-strength in recognising and shining a light on the talents of enterprising women in our midst.

The finalists were announced last month by the sponsors of each category.
The Venus Awards in Dorset will culminate on 18 September with a grand Awards Ceremony and Dinner at the Lighthouse, Poole.

The finalists are:
Small Business Award

  • Munchkins Play Café, Michelle Cheeseman
  • Simply Amazing Training Ltd, Dee Clayton
  • The Sensory Smart Store, Melanie Thomsett

Influential Woman Award

  • Gill Donnell, Successful Women Ltd
  • Margaret Farman, NHS
  • Georgina McBurney, Wiltshire Social Services

New Business Award

  • Clinic Visjeune, Lisa Niemier
  • Minster Designs Bridal Boutique, Oxana Ruckhaber
  • The Little Sewing Company, Susan Walker

Inspirational Women Award

  • Jaya Da Costa, Dorset Blind Association
  • Wendy Imashev, Seamless Social Support Services
  • Emma Willis, Shine Cancer Support

Online Business Award

  • Arena4fFinance, Debra Adams
  • Ratio, Tara Mussell (Flynn)
  • Artist’s Adventure (with Postcards from the Edge), Michelle Rumney

Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Barbara Cox, Nutrichef / BC Nutrition Ltd
  • Linda Eve, EVENLINES
  • Mandy Payne, Spotcheckers Ltd

Networker of the Year

  • Zelda De Hollander, Studio Shotz Photography
  • Barbara Fowler, MyBabylog Ltd
  • Caroline Swaine, InXpress UK Ltd

Entrepreneur of the Year Award

  •, Hollie Power
  • Simone Thomas, Simone Thomas Salon
  • Ratio, Tara Mussell (Flynn)

Media Marketing and PR Award

  • Little Bird PR, Sunny Bird
  • Move On Rentals, Sharon Canning
  • Whitehall Hospitality Ltd, Sara Uzzell

Business of the Year Award

  • SOS Recruitment, Julie Cook-Hughes
  • Waste Management Facilities Ltd, Lisa Delahunty
  • Marsham Court Hotel, Rosie   Wallace

Director of the Year Award

  • McCarthy & Stone, Paula Jordan
  • Organix, Anna Louise Rosier
  • Ceuta, Annette D’Abreo

Employer of the Year

  • Atlas Electronik
  • Dorset Cereals
  • Health-on-Line

Customer Service Award

  • Marsham Court Hotel, Nicki Allan
  • Forum Jewellers Ltd, Helen Molloy
  • Moving You Forward, Lisa Pierson

Business Mother of the Year Award

  • Julie Cook-Hughes, SOS Recruitment
  • Lorraine Squires, The Roman Group
  • Alison Williams, Ministry of Dog
  • Caroline Swatton, Swalings Academy & Franchises Ltd

Employee of the Year Award

  • Rhianon Greenslade, Safer Poole Partnership
  • Perrie Rendell, TigerLilly Nails
  • Caroline Swaine, InXpress UK Ltd

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