Finding the Female Factor at the Devon and Cornwall Venus Awards 2018 Semi-Finalists Announcement in association with Atkins Ferrie Wealth Management and in partnership with Alexis Bowater from Bowater Communications!

Regional partner Alexis Bowater from Bowater Communications was host to the Devon and Cornwall Venus Awards 2018 Semi-Finalist Announcement  on 30th January 2018.

Alexis Bowater, Regional Partner of the Devon and Cornwall Venus Awards 2018 was host to over 100 people at the Treasury in Plymouth, welcoming guests that included nominees and sponsors from all corners of the counties, and where the names of those progressing to the Semi-Finalist stage were announced.

The successful Semi-Finalists will be invited to the Finalists Announcement on 1st March 2018.

In its fifth consecutive year of the Venus Awards in Devon and with the new addition of Cornwall, the response remains consistently strong with over 1750 nominations and 500 applications.

The Venus Awards – dubbed by Channel 4 as “The Working Women’s Oscars” – celebrate the vital contribution that women in business make to the local, regional and national economy, and are unique in that anyone can nominate a friend, client or family member.

The Devon and Cornwall participants are competing in 15 categories including Inspirational Woman in STEMM, Small Business, Networker, Influential Woman, Company, Customer Service and the ever popular category of Business Mother.

Regional Partner, Alexis Bowater, said of the awards,

“I’m absolutely delighted to be taking the Venus Awards into Cornwall this year and increasing the reach of these business awards across the Tamar. It was another fantastic turnout and we are thrilled to congratulate our Nominees and Semi-Finalists. Once again we are celebrating some of the region’s most inspirational women and their achievements in their industry and I can’t wait to meet the Semi Finalists again.”

This year’s Charity Sponsor is St Luke’s Hospice. St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth is an independent charity providing specialist care and support to people with progressive life-limiting illnesses in Plymouth, South West Devon and East Cornwall.

The Devon and Cornwall Venus Awards 2018 in association with Atkins Ferrie Wealth Management and partnership with Alexis Bowater from Bowater Communications will culminate in a glamorous Ceremony and Gala Dinner on the 27th April 2018 at the Crowne Plaza Plymouth.

The Semi-Finalists are:

Heart FM Business Mother of The Year

  • Albertina Teague from General Practice Solutions (SW) ltd
  • Audra Mitcheson-Soley from dramastance.co.uk
  • Bracken Jelier from  (Various)
  • Elsbeth Hallam from Hugs from Henry
  • Gemma Fox from The Greedy Fox
  • Kelly Forrester from Clear Property Ltd
  • Lerryn Clare from Halto
  • Melanie O’reilly from Blush Beauty & Training ltd
  • Naomi Thomas from The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation
  • Rachael Ongley from The Bug And Pin
  • Sharon Keirle from The Creation Station Cranbrook and Exminster

Brend Hotels Customer Service

  • Claire Williams from The Mount Studio Architects Ltd
  • Helen Follett from The Folletts at Beer
  • Karin Bisogno from Berloni Italian Kitchens
  • Kelly Widley from Pier Point Torquay
  • Leanne Fennell from Articulacy Ltd

Digital and Online Media

  • Christine Foulds from FouldsCRM
  • Kamila Bielawska from Eddystone Media
  • Katie Goode from Triangular Pixels
  • Maria Harding from Four31 Digital
  • Sara Pugh from Eight Wire

 Cornish Mutual Entrepreneur of The Year

  • Cat Chadwick from The Devon Wedding Company
  • Kat Green from Bay Care Domiciliary Care Ltd
  • Lauren Aston from Lauren Aston Designs
  • Leane Bramhall from Kineta Matcha Tea
  • Philippa Doyle & Lisa Lessware The Bshirt

Green Business

  • Laura Edmunds from Serendipity Sea Crafts
  • Marie Louise from Marie Louise Maternity
  • Michelle Havill from BABIROO
  • Stefanie Curran from The Kind Grind
  • Lisa Fifer from Red + Ginger

Influential Woman of The Year

  • Cindy Willcocks from Arterne: Enriching the next generation CIC
  • Gina Connelly from University of Plymouth Students’ Union
  • Helen Tite from iCareiMove Limited
  • Karen Hoyle from Ghost Consulting
  • Tanya Loosemore from RGB Recruitment Ltd

Wizard Jeans Inspirational Woman

  •  Alison Jordan from Pete’s Dragons
  • Debbie Humberstone from The Project
  • Katie Sherjan from Hollywell Housing Trust
  • Lucy Obolensky from Plymouth University
  • Penny Wood from Penny Wood Talks

Inspirational Women in STEMM

  • Christina Karatzaferi from University of St Mark and St John
  • Jemma Newsome from WSP
  • Katie Goode from Triangular Pixels
  • Katy Toms from WSP
  • Lucy Obolensky from Plymouth University

Atkins Ferrie Wealth Management Lifetime Achievement

  • Debbie Humberstone from The Project
  • Gillian Groves The Treatment Loft
  • Hannah Marie Getley from The Bigbury Beach Shop
  • Kim Piner from Winners Recruitment
  • Lucy Findlay from Social Enterprise Mark CIC

Marketing & PR

  • Caro Bushnell from Tiverton Community Radio
  • Dana Mulligan from Dana Mulligan PR & Marketing
  • Lauren Aston from Lauren Aston Designs
  • Rachel Bell from Bell and Loxton
  • Rayanne Armand from Root2Growth

Networker of The Year

  • Annabel McCabe from South West Business Connections
  • Clare Geraghty from Barclays
  • Hazel Parsons from Hazel Parsons Wedding & Event Consultancy
  • Helen Bottrill from The Creative Business Network
  • Lucy Findlay from Social Enterprise Mark CIC

BBX UK Small Business

  • Dana Mulligan from Dana Mulligan PR & Marketing
  • Emma Richards from Cherub Chews Ltd
  • Helen Tite from iCareiMove Limited
  • Lucy Cox and Lerryn Clare from Halto
  • Rayanne Armand from Root2Growth

Women in Property/Construction

  • Emma  Preston from Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP
  • Jade Nicholson from Bradleys Estate Agents
  • Katy Toms from WSP
  • Kelly Forrester from Clear Property Ltd
  • Tanya Loosemore from RGB Recruitment Ltd

 Photograph: Semi-Finalists of the Devon and Cornwall Venus Awards 2018  in association with Atkins Ferrie Wealth Management and in partnership with Alexis Bowater from Bowater Communications. Photograph courtesy of James Stoner of Jay Stone Photography.

The Venus Awards were set up in Dorset in 2009 by Tara Howard to recognise the hard work, effort and skill it takes women to successfully juggle business with other commitments. The Awards have since been expanded to Southampton, Brighton, Devon, Oxford, Portsmouth, Birmingham, Isle of Wight and Bristol. Distributed on behalf of Venus Awards – www.venusawards.co.uk