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Devon & Cornwall 2019 Venus Awards Finalists Announced

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At a splendid cream tea hosted at Pentillie Castle on 8th February 2019, more than 100 guests from the local business community gathered to celebrate the Devon & Cornwall 2019 Venus Awards finalists who will be progressing to the next stage of these prestigious business awards.     

Although in our 6th year, we cannot believe that we are the number of applications continue to grow, making the finalist selection process harder than ever. “We received more than 1,300 nominations and applications for the 15 award categories, which highlights the huge contribution that women in business are making to businesses in the Devon & Cornwall Region,” said Venus Movement founder Tara Howard. Launched in September, participants have been whittled down to the Finalists stage through a combination of sponsor panel and public judging. 

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.

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Katie Harland, HR and Communications Leader for Cornish Mutual speaks about the judging for the Finalist Announcement:

“Judging the Entrepreneur of the Year award is a privilege but also a challenge – the standard of entries was so high. However, our three finalists really stood out because of the challenges they had overcome. Each one of them took considerable risks to launch their businesses.” 

“At Cornish Mutual we strive to ensure our employment opportunities are available to everyone and nearly half of our staff work in a flexible way. So, it was interesting to hear how our finalists had overcome some of the difficulties of operating in traditionally male-dominated environments. Through their businesses, the three finalists are now changing people’s lives and are a true inspiration to others.”

The Devon & Cornwall 2019 Venus Awards will culminate in a Glamorous Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony on 29th March 2019 at St Mellion International Resort. 

The Venus Awards Devon & Cornwall 2019 Finalists are:

Woman in Propery/Construction (Sponsored by MIDAS)

Melinda Fonda Underhill Real Estate Agents
Heather Hughes Construction Industry Training Board – CITB
Abi Jones AJ Architects

Small Business of the Year (Sponsored by SW Business Connections)

Mel Mackie Ollylolly
Helen Woolley Rockpool Trading
Michelle Havill BABIROO

Inspirational Woman in STEMM
(Sponsored by TRUCKSMITH)

Carly Britton Babble App
Tina Joshi University of Plymouth
Kate Sneddon Biovault Technical Ltd

Employer of The Year
(Sponsored by Plymouth City Bus)

Catherine Chadwick The Devon Wedding Company
Jo Lines Novahomes Sales & Lettings
Rachael  Petty Sparkle and Shine FM LTD

Inspirational Woman of the Year
(Sponsored by Drake’s Jewellers)

Alison Jordan Pete’s Dragons
Jade Scott Vospers
Hannah Shead Trevi House

Business of The Year 

Claire Carter Hartnoll Hotel and Spa
Julianne Shelton Cornish Gems Ltd
Emma  Walton Riviera Tuition


Entrepreneur of the Year
(Sponsored by Cornish Mutual)

Wendy Powell MUTU System Limited
Katie Sherjan Hollywell Housing Trust
Louise Worden Concise Wealth Management Ltd

Lifetime Achievement Award
(Sponsored by Atkins Wealth Ferrie Management)

Maureen Cable Helpline Limited
Laura Fraser-Crewes The Sunflower Women’s Centre (Trevi House Ltd)
Mary Lunnen Dare to Blossom Life Coaching

Director of the Year
(Sponsored by BBX South West)

Sarka Andersonova Carousel Nurseries
Maureen Cable Helpline Limited
Patricia Duff Radio Plymouth

Networker of the Year

Nicola Keen St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth
Paula Martin Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust
Annabel McCabe South West Business Expo

New Business of the Year
(Sponsored by Accounting4Everything)

Laura Edmunds Serendipity Sea Crafts
Lee Glanville Surfing Cow Ice Cream
Sarah Martin Nourish of Topsham

Influential Woman of the Year
(Sponsored by Folk2Folk)

Emily Beaumont Plymouth Marjon University
Alison Jordan Pete’s Dragons
Lucy Findlay Social Enterprise Mark CIC

Marketing & PR Excellence Award 

Maria Harding Four31 Digital
Martina Mercer Martina Mercer
Rachel Picken Agile PR & Communications Ltd

Business Mother of the Year (Sponsored by Heart FM)

Gemma Harper Kiddi Kraze Events
Rebecca Hempsell The Primary & Eleven Plus Tutors
Silvia & Celia Lowe & Anderson Siblinc

Customer Service Award

Kate Anderson Educated Recruitment
Marilyn Grose Encore The Show Business & Saltash Uniforms
Jade Scott Vospers