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Local Santander Thames Valley Venus Awards 2018 Finalists Announcement in association with Marshall Volkswagen and in partnership with The Breeze Radio!

It was more than tea for two at the Santander Thames Valley Venus Awards 2018 Finalists Announcement, hosted by Newbury Racecourse on 17th April 2018.

At a splendid afternoon tea hosted at Newbury Racecourse on 17th April 2018, more than 100 guests from the local business community gathered to celebrate the Santander Thames Valley Venus Awards 2018 finalists who will be progressing to the next stage of these prestigious business awards.

Although only in their 2nd year, the Thames Valley Venus Awards have proved extremely popular, making the finalist selection process harder than ever. “We received more than 1,000 nominations and applications for the 15 award categories, which highlights the huge contribution that women in business are making to businesses in the Thames Valley Region,” said Venus Awards founder Tara Howard. Launched in November, participants have been whittled down to the Finalists stage through a combination of sponsor and public judging.

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.

Santander are title sponsor for 2018, Cheryl Adams, Santander’s Regional Corporate Director and 2017 winner of Director of the Year said of their involvement,

“I am delighted that Santander is supporting the Thames Valley 2018 Venus Awards. It is a fantastic initiative with a prestigious and impressive following of inspiring businesswomen, and being a previous winner of a Venus Award, is one that is particularly close to my heart!”

Andrew Lean, Volkswagen Franchise Director at Marshall Volkswagen, said of their involvement as Associate Sponsor of the Awards this year,

“Marshall Volkswagen is delighted to be back as sponsor and supporter of the Thames Valley Venus Awards. We appreciate what women bring to our company in many different roles and we are continuously working to provide more opportunities. We are very proud to recognise the women in our own company, and proud to support the Venus Awards.”

The Santander Thames Venus Awards 2018 in association with Marshall Volkswagen and in partnership with The Breeze Radio will culminate in a Glamorous Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony on 8th June 2018 at the Madejski Stadium in Reading.

The Finalists are:

IKEA Green Business

  • Cathy Cornish of Wild to Wonderful Garden Design
  • Victoria Lochhead of Frankie & Ruby
  • Julianne Ponan of Creative Nature

Parfitt Cresswell Solicitors Influential Woman of the Year

  • Louise Fetigan of Little Troopers
  • Katherine Knight of Intelligent Health
  • Emma-Jane Taylor of The Inspirational Mentor

Marshalls Volkswagen Customer Service

  • Nicola Butler of Nikki Butler Medical Tattooing
  • Jayne Tilsley of Wadworth Brewery
  • Lesley Wallace of Dream Doors (Basingstoke & Newbury)

ShowState Marketing & PR

  • Nikki Ball of Reading Buses
  • Sophie Comas of Rimu Marketing
  • Vanessa Hunt of Vanessa Hunt Consulting Ltd

Sandler Training Sales Director of the Year

  • Clare Waterfall of Cascade Software
  • Sam Stanfield of Powered by Pie
  • Rachel Gray of Experian

Sandler Training Executive PA of the Year

  • Robyn Thompson-Vango of Reaction Engines
  • Kate Napier of Rank Group
  • Sarah Heineman of Woodford Investment Management

The Reading Chronicle Business Mother of the Year

  • Debbie Whiteley of Pink Spaghetti PA Services
  • Rachel Lambden of Heritage Estate Planning
  • Sara Southey of The Southey Way

Reading University Inspirational Woman

  • Anna Sampson of Boomerang Creative
  • Louise Fetigan of Little Troopers
  • Julianne Ponan of Creative Nature

Benefex HR Manager of the Year

  • Hayley Fisher of Allied Bakeries
  • Ruth O’Loughlin of Oxfordshire County Council
  • Emily Murphy of IKEA Group

Grandesco Entrepreneur of the Year

  • Sue Randall of Oxford Fine Dining Ltd
  • Sam Willoughby of What’s on 4
  • Rachel Eden of Holy Brook Associates Ltd

Santander Director of the Year

  • Sharon Collins of Venture Life
  • Elona Mortimer-Zhika of Iris
  • Sally Preston of Kids Foods
  • Judith Tinker of M-four Promotions Limited
  • Katherine Knight of Intelligent Health
  • Sambit Mohapatra of Siyona Tech

Local Buzz Small Business

  • Anna Davies of Therapists on the High Street
  • Celia Smith of Bluebell Biscuiterie
  • Sarah Riggott of Sarah Riggott Ltd

Wise Owls Lifetime Achievement

  • Jackie Chappell of The Ironing Lady Ltd
  • Gerry Lejeune OBE of Berkshire Community Foundation
  • Jo Cooke of Hoarding Disorders UK CIC

The Breeze Radio Employer of the Year

Prysm Group Networker of the Year

  • Amanda Ayres of The Business Girls Network
  • Aduke Onafowokan of The Sister Sister Network
  • Jade Binsted of Ribbons Media