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Big news for business women at the Devon Venus Awards 2016 Finalists Announcement in partnership with Alexis Bowater of Bowater Communications!

By October 20, 2016January 26th, 2021Member News & Updates

Saunton Sands Hotel was host to this year’s Finalists Announcement of the Devon Venus Awards in partnership with Alexis Bowater of Bowater Communications on Tuesday 4th October 2016.


Beautiful Braunton-based Saunton Sands Hotel was host on Tuesday 4th October to over 60 guests that included semi-finalists and sponsors, and when the big news was announced of who would progress as Finalists to the Devon Venus Awards Winners Ceremony in November.  

Now in its fourth year in Devon, the Venus Awards have proved to be ever popular with the business women of the region, with over 1,612 nominations and 375 applications received in one or more of the 14 categories. Launched at Plymouth Science Park in May this year, participants have been whittled down to the Finalists stage by either sponsor judging or public voting. Sponsors and candidates have attended a variety of events over the intervening months to reach this point. 

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


A new category has been introduced in Devon this year – Inspirational Woman in STEMM.

Tom Tripp, Marketing and Business Development Director of Atkins Ferrie Wealth Management, says of their continued sponsorship of the Lifetime Achievement Award,   


“Another very difficult year's judging to get the list of high calibre applications down to just three. Congratulations to all who actually entered and of course to the three Finalists for this year. I am looking forward to the Winners Ceremony on 18th Novembeer which, if previous years' are anything to go by, is sure to be a superb evening and a resounding success.”


Sandra Sampson, Director of Exeter based company Sampson Hall, who are sponsoring the Company of the Year category, says of their continuing support of the Venus Awards,


“The amazing location of Saunton Sands Hotel was a perfect setting to announce the Devon Venus Awards Finalists. The atmosphere was one of anticipation but the overwhelming feeling was one of support, encouragement and congratulations to the chosen Finalists.”


“Sampson Hall are never ceased to be amazed by the positive vibe this process creates amongst everyone that takes part, we would encourage businesses to get behind this initiative as it creates life changing experiences for those who take part.”


Regional Partner of the Devon Venus Awards, Alexis Bowater of Bowater Communications says,


“This year's Devon Venus Awards is bigger and better than ever before with record numbers of entries and hundreds of astonishing businesswomen being celebrated for their work and outstanding acumen.”  

“Every single nominee for these Awards is a winner and even if they didn't get through today then their achievements have still been recognised and their hard work lauded. The room today was awash with the peer-to-peer support, mentoring and networking that we know helps businesses grow and it was an honour to meet so many incredible businesswomen in one place together.”


Heart FM/This is Global is sponsoring the ever-popular public vote category of Business Mother of the Year Award.


Charity sponsor for the Devon Venus Awards 2016 is Jeremiah’s Journey whose work in Plymouth and the surrounding area is focused on children and young people and their families who are experiencing grief due to death or terminal illness.


The Venus journey will culminate in a glamorous Ceremony and Gala Dinner at The Great Hall, University of Exeter on Friday 18th November 2016.


The Finalists are:

Atkins Ferrie Wealth Management Lifetime Achievement Award

Ros Debenham – Radiance MediSpa         

Roz Woodward – Securious Ltd

Leanne Elliot – Certitude Services (TLD) Ltd


Bishop Fleming Director of the Year

Marie Cleave – Educated Recruitment Ltd

Karen Milner – Friary Mill Bakery Ltd

Catherine Morris – The Gro Company


Bond Dickinson LLP Green Business of the Year

Tess Stuber – Beach Schools South West

Kim Stead – twool

Sarah Bryan – SB Holistic


Brend Hotels Customer Service Award

Nadine Stroud – The Training Partnership

Lynette Dare – Flossy and Jim

Sarah Bryan – SB Holistic


Heart FM / This is Global Business Mother of the Year

Rowan Bradford – Water Babies Devon & Somerset

Soo Brizzell-Hogg – Shekinah

Lisa Budd – Create Me Books


Plymouth City Bus Ltd Networker of the Year

Carol McGeary – The Talem Recruitment Group

Jacqui Cornish – Age UK Exeter

Sam Cross – The Independent Living Advisor


Plymouth Science Park Digital Media and Online Business of the Year

Rebecca Garrett – Rebecca Garrett Media Ltd

Jayne Hardy – The Blurt Foundation

Sally Cope – Koru Connections


PR Works Inspirational Woman in STEMM Award

Lorna Dallas – Plymouth University

Kate Doodson – Cosmic

Katie Goode – Triangular Pixels



Sampson Hall Company of the Year

Mole Valley Farmers


Ladram Bay


Santander Employer of the Year

Julie Hawker – Cosmic

Alison Lynch – Chamings Ltd

Nadine Stroud – The Training Partnership Ltd


University of Exeter Business School Inspirational Woman of the Year

Julie Sum – Kensa Boudoir Photography

Kay O’Shaughnessy – Friends and Families of Special Children

Hayley Dann – St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth


Employee of the Year

Clare Geraghty – Barclays

Katy Joy – South Devon College

Katy McKenna – GA Solicitors

Kirsty Miragliotta – Rebecca Garrett Media Ltd

Leila Nottage – The Duke of Cornwall Hotel


Entrepreneur of the Year

Donna Barnes – The Talem Recruitment Group

Susie Chapman – Stolen from Susie

Julie Corcutt – Veg in a Box

Rebecca Marks – Scarlett Entertainment

Roz Woodward – Securious Ltd


Marketing Award

Claire Doyle – Doggy Devon

Jayne Hardy – The Blurt Foundation

Julie Sum – Kensa Boudoir Photography

Lynette Dare – Flossy and Jim

Sally Bell – Effervescent


New Business Award

Maria Bailey – Maria Bailey Planning Ltd

Julia Corcutt – Veg in a Box

Amber Haigh – Ambers Angels Trust

Helen Plumridge – King Recruit Ltd

Clare Stirling – Made with Maturity