I am really pleased to announce that I have reached the final in the Isle of Wight Venus Awards category of Networker of the Year.
All the details are set out below from the Venus Awards press release:
More than Tea for Two at this year’s Isle of Wight Venus Awards Finalists Announcement in association with Wightlink!
It was more than tea for two at Ventnor Winter Gardens on Friday 29th January at the Finalists Announcement of this year’s Isle of Wight Venus Awards in association with Wightlink.
The Isle of Wight Venus Awards 2016 in association with Wightlink and Regional Partner Mary Burgess of Mary Burgess Hypnotherapy celebrated with sponsors, Semi-Finalists and over 60 guests the announcement of this year’s Finalists at a delightful afternoon tea at Ventnor Winter Gardens on Friday 29th January 2016.
Competition has been fierce for the first Venus Awards on the island with 1122 nominations and applications received in one or more of the 14 categories – three of which are voted for by the general public.
The Awards on the Isle of Wight were launched in September 2015 and candidates have been whittled down to the Finalists stage through a combination of public and sponsored judging. Sponsors and candidates have attended a variety of events over five months to reach this point.
Aside from being Associate Sponsor for this year’s Awards Wightlink are also sponsor of one of the Awards most popular categories, Business Mother of the Year.
Pertemps Recruitment is this year’s sponsor of the Employer of the Year category and Debbie Bates, Branch Manager, said of their support of the Venus Awards,
“The philosophy behind the Venus Awards is something I feel really passionate about, providing women from all backgrounds the opportunity to be recognised for the Recruitment hard work they do, in both their personal and professional lives. As the manager of Pertemps Recruitment and a mother of two children, I too realise the challenges which become part and parcel of everyday life. This is why I was so keen to be involved and become part of the Venus family.”
David Rye, Managing Director of Premier Ford said of their sponsorship of the Small Business of the Year category,
“I had previously heard of the success of the Venus Awards, and jumped at the chance to be involved on the island when presented with the opportunity. The fact that these awards recognise the contribution that a growing number of businesswomen make to our local economy should be encouraged so that we may all benefit from their success.”
This year’s Charity Sponsor is the Isle of Wight Youth Trust whose services for young people under 25 on the island include counselling, advice, and information.
The Venus journey will culminate in a glamorous Ceremony and Gala Dinner to be held at Cowes Yacht Haven on Friday 18th March 2016.
The Finalists are:
Isle of Wight Radio Customer Service Award
Susan Martin – Smart in Design
Rebecca Ann Blachford – Bebeccino
Michelle Newton – Four Seasons Cookery Academy
IFPL Entrepreneur of the Year
Victoria Coles – Wight Fit
Debs Murphy-Latham – VIP Cottages and VIP Solutions Ltd
Sam Buck – Arc Consulting
Beacon Magazine Home Based Business of the Year
Lindsay Mattinson – Mattinson Associates Ltd
Jane Summerfield – Jem Aesthetics
Claire Rees – Rhythm Time Isle of Wight
Premier Ford Small Business of the Year
Sue Paraskeva – Sue Paraskeva
Caroline Hurley – BeCalmed Wellbeing and Medi Spa
Sarah Greef – Isle of Wight Biltong
New Business of the Year
Charlotte King – Isle of Wight Flowers
Gail Middleton – Mrs Middleton’s Shop
Lily George – Lily’s Dance
Pertemps Employer of the Year
Mark Tutty – Top Mops Ltd
Stuart Nicol – Earl Mountbatten Hospice
Matt Kitchen – Southern Vectis
Wightlink Business Mother of the Year
Laura Holme – Utility Warehouse
Emma Theunissen – The Creation Station Isle of Wight
Claire Rees – Rhythm Time Isle of Wight
Isle of Wight Pearl Inspirational Woman of the Year
Claire Collins – Positive Difference
Dee Becker – Dee Becker Marketing Specialist & Professional Style Coach™
Kathryn Clarke – The Kathryn Clarke Foundation
Isle of Wight County Press Influential Woman of the Year
Charlotte Corney – Isle of Wight Zoo
Vix Lowthian – The Green Party
Nikki Collinson – Nikki Collinson
Employee of the Year
Cindy Newnham – Lifeline Alarm Systems
Karen Furnell – Top Mops Ltd
Kitty Byrne – Isle of Wight NHS Trust
Lifetime Achievement Award
Jillie Wheeler BEM – Jillie Wheeler Fundraising
Eileen Monks OBE – Isle of Wight Youth Trust
Dianne Thompson DBE – The George Hotel
Networker of the Year
Julie Jones-Evans – Dragonfly
Alison Colley – Real Employment Law Advice
Lyn Blackledge – Allthingsnetworking.com
Manager of the Year
Simon Guy- Premier Ford
Tracy Mikich – Seaview Hotel Bar and Restaurant
Lizzie Wade – Isle of Wight Pearl
Director of the Year
Fiona Grist – Ryde Arena
Claire Willis – Isle of Wight Radio & Beacon Media Ltd
Catherine Kidd – Specsavers
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