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Semi-Finalists Announced for Venus Awards 2018

By February 1, 2018January 26th, 2021Member News & Updates, STEMM

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

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