Finalists named in Devon’s NatWest Venus Women’s Awards

Venus Awards finalists.jpg: From left, Natwest Devon Venus Awards host Celia Delaney, finalist Alexi

Venus Awards finalists.jpg: From left, Natwest Devon Venus Awards host Celia Delaney, finalist Alexis Bowater (Bowater Communications), finalist Sandhy Robinson-Jones (Chamaleon Design) and Venus Awards founder Tara Howard - Credit: Archant

Finalists have been announced for the much-talked-about NatWest Venus Women’s Awards, Devon 2013.

Semi-finalists, sponsors and friends gathered at The Magdalen Chapter Hotel in Exeter, to find out who would be invited to the grand Awards Ceremony at Exeter University in September.

The event was co-hosted by Celia Delaney, of Exeter company SpeakingSuccess, and the founder of the Venus Awards, Tara Howard.

Some of the finalists were selected directly by their sponsors, while others had to face the more challenging public vote process.

Tara Howard says: “Whether it be by the public or decided by the sponsors, making it through to this stage of the process is something to be shouted about.”

The finalists for the sponsor-judged categories are:

Bishop Fleming Entrepreneur of the Year:

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Anne Walker MBE – International Dance Supplies

Jo Rees – Salt Media Ltd

Sarah Cressall – The Creation Station Ltd

Fidelius Insurance High Achiever of the Year:

Vanessa Priddis – Hartnell Chanot & Partners

Dr. Olivia Champion – Scientist at Exeter University

Sally Taylor – St Lukes Hospice Plymouth

Hartnell Chanot & Partners New Business of the Year:

Katie Jones – Choccie Bar

Dr Ros Debenham – Radiance MediaSpa

Star Khechara – School of Holistic Cosmetology

NatWest Small Business of the Year:

Jacqui Batterbee – Batterbee Thompson & Co Ltd

Rebecca Montford-Gard – Eden Day Spa

Jo Rees – Salt Media Ltd

The Old Bag Company Inspirational Woman:

Anna Petherick – Bizzaz Hair

Glynis Lidster – Welcome Hall Ltd

Cathy Debenham – YouGen Ltd

CBCS Green Business of the Year:

Claire Callender – The Green Funeral Company

Sonia-Maria Hall – Surplus WEEE

Cathy Debenham – YouGen Ltd

Home-based Business of the Year:

Janet Carter – Austim Life Resources

Julia Bramble – BrambleBuzz

Carol Willcox – Juice Plus

Sara Delphi – Sara Delphi

Lisa Singleton – Zebra Design

Lifetime Achievement :

Debbi Moore – Big Wave Media

Alexis Bowater – Bowater Communications

Sandhy Robinson-Jones – Chameleon Design

Julie Hawker – Cosmic

Jackie Bligh – TaxAssist Torquay, Paignton & Exeter

Networker of the Year:

Sarah Holmes – Bond Dickinson

An Swinnen – British English Consulting Service Ltd

Glen King – Glen King Marketing

Linda Cleaves – LC Mortgages

Debbie Manners – ND Media

The Exeter Daily Employee of the Year:

Tracey St Anton – Boswell Farm Cottages

Morag Rowse – Beaconville Nursing

Samantha Durston – Thomson Reuters

Cathedral Appointments Employer of the Year:

Mariam Badavi – Purity Boutique Spa Limited

Anne Walker MBE – International Dance Supplies Ltd

Jacqui Batterbee – Batterbee Thompson & Co Ltd

Heart Business Mother:

Julia Bramble – BrambleBuzz

Alana Carroll – Gravitas Recruitment

Janette Davey – Your Baby and You

If you would like to join the sponsors and finalists at the ‘social event of the year’, the Grand Award Ceremony on 5th September at Exeter University, tickets can be purchased from the Venus Awards Devon Website at

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