Over 350 guests that included Finalists and Sponsors attended the glamorous Grand Ceremony and Gala Dinner of the Dorset Venus Awards 2017 in association with Mercedes-Benz of Poole, at the Bournemouth International Centre (BIC) on 2nd November 2017.
In its eighth consecutive year in Dorset, the response to the Awards remains consistently strong with over 1400 nominations and applications received over 15 categories.
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.
Hosts for the evening’s celebrations were Tara Howard, founder of Venus Awards, and Paul Kinvig.
Guests soaked in the atmosphere as they enjoyed a three-course dinner and entertainment from our musical talent finalists, Jenny Oag (Jenny Oag Music), Nicole Dawson (Sing People Sing) and Samantha Laurilla (Samantha Laurilla Music). As well as, Magician James Brown whom brought the wow factor to the evening.
Every Sponsor emphasised in their speeches the outstanding calibre of their category Finalists when presenting the winner with the “Venus” trophy.
Attending the event was Ian Jones, head of Regional Community Engagement Department at Bournemouth University, third time sponsors. This year Bournemouth University sponsored the Inspriational Woman of the Year award, he said,
“I loved the awards tonight, they were as good as ever. Loved being at the BIC. It was a hard choice this year as all of our finalists were incredibly exceptional.”
Bertie Coy of Smash:Club who this year sponsored Marketing & PR, said of their first year involvement with the NatWest Dorset Venus Awards,
“It has been great for us as a business. We have met incredible people along the way and got to know finalists. The connections we have made have been very helpful for our brand. It has been awesome to get behind some local people doing great things!”
Angela Piromali of Rock Recruitment Solutions winner of the Inspirational Woman of the Year, said,
“There are literally no words. I couldn’t be more delighted. Honoured. And Shocked. This has given me the encouragement that I need to keep going and encourage everyone to make a difference in the world. It’s just amazing. I’m so grateful and proud. Winning this award made a difference to me so thank you.”
Winner Aly Graham-Gage of Beauty Rediscovered, went home with two Venus Awards, the Dutton Gregory LLP Small Business Award and the Bournemouth Collegiate School Business Mother of the Year. The double winner said of her Venus journey,
“It’s been a long journey, an incredible roller coaster. Actually, it’s the best thing in my life, that has happen in many, many years! But the best bit has to be meeting the BCS girls, they were tough interviewers. I also, want to thank my four children because without them I wouldn’t have achieve these awards especially the Business Mother of the Year. My family and I had an rough week as my mom is in intensive care. So this is for my mom!”
This year’s Charity Sponsor is BOO whose aim is to help African children who are disadvantaged through economic poverty. Projects include the provision of food, shelter, healthcare, education, life-skills and emotional support. The overriding principle & ethos of ‘BOO’ is to provide children with care, whilst nurturing and developing opportunities to lift them from poverty so that they no longer need to rely on charity.
BOO is a virtual, internet based, low running cost charity. They have no processes that incur unnecessary costs, as this would divert money away from the children who need it the most. We believe in rewarding our supporters with openness and transparency in respect of all of our processes, operations and administration costs.
As seen in the roll call of winners Sponsors in the Dorset Region are testament to the wide appeal of the Venus Awards. Winners will now progress to the Venus Awards National Finals to be held in the Summer of 2018.
Winners of the Dorset Venus Awards 2017 in association with Mercedes-Benz of Poole are:
Aly Graham-Gage of Beauty Rediscovered
Jayne Rabone of Home Farm Enterprises
Romaine Lawson of Apple House Ltd
Helen Jamieson of Jaluch HR
Georgina Hurcombe of LoveLove Films
Amy Crabb of Agincare
Sarah Ali Choudhury
Angela Piromalli of Rock Recruitment Solutions
Dr Helen McCarthy of Royal Bournemouth Hospital
Samantha Everard of Samee
Marketing & PR sponsored by SMASH:Club:
Hayley O’Shea of Talbot Heath School
Jenny Oag of Jenny Oag Music
Dawn Crossingham of Dorset Growth Hub
Aly Graham-Gage of Beauty Rediscovered