London’s top business women announced at The Ritz!

Venus Finalists

The best businesswomen in London celebrated getting to the finalist stage of the Venus Awards with canapés and champagne in a star-studded, glitzy ceremony at the iconic Ritz.

65 London Venus Awards finalists were revealed at the much-anticipated event. Launched in May, applicants and nominees have been whittled down through a combination of panel judges and public voting. Now, the 65 finalists will be judged by a panel of prestigious businesses sponsoring the awards before the finals at the Waldorf Hotel in December. 

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.

Founder of the Venus Awards, Tara Howard, said: “In our ninth year, we are thrilled the number of applications continues to grow. We received a record-breaking 1,200 nominations and applications for the 15 award categories, which highlights the influence women in business are making to their local economies.”

Katharine Plunkett CEO of the Business of Brand (BoB) School, a key sponsor of the London Venus Awards said: “The finalists are clearly leading the way in their industries and we have no doubt they will be making a difference in the world and it is a joy to be a part of their journey.”

The London 2018 Venus Awards will culminate in a glamorous gala dinner and awards ceremony on 3rdDecember 2018 at The Waldorf Hilton, London. 

The Venus Awards London 2018 Finalists are:

Influential Woman of the Year (Sponsored by Time and Leisure)

ChelseyBakerNational Mentoring Day
MarisaPeerRapid Transformation Therapy
DiahanneRhineyStrength With In Me Foundation

Inspirational Woman of the Year

AliceMorrisonAlice Morrison
SeemaFlowerBlind Ambition
JenniDunmanDaisy First Aid Ltd
AnnaDanielsDaniels Group

Company of the Year (Sponsored by SGFE)

Jane JuliaAtherton VassieLove Success Plc
KirstenHazellLondon Grace Ltd
ChristineOwenPlimsoll Productions

Employer of the Year (Sponsored by Jaluch)

AntoinetteDanielJust Helpers
KirstenHazellLondon Grace Ltd
ChantelleNicholsonTredwells & Marcus Wareing Restaurants

Small Business of the Year (Sponsored by BoB School)

KatieYoung GeraldBespoke Textiles

Director of the Year 

CathyBusaniHappy Ltd
LizKaluLeverage Homes
LucyKaneTime and Leisure Magazine
Lynsey-KayPorterUltimate Holdings
LaurenWilliamsLondon Grace

Professional Excellence

AlisonKrielAbove & Beyond
Emma TaylorRSSB
JaneWheelerHine Legal
Gunita BhasinShowcased and Atomico

HR Professional (Sponsored by Benefex)

AbigailLermanStella McCartney
KellyJacksonWorld First
BelindaHenriksenExpedia Inc

PR Excellence (Sponsored by Sunny Bird PR)

Lauren WilliamsLondon Grace

Social Media Influencer (Public Vote)

AbigailBarnesSuccess by Design Training
JenniferCorcoranMy Super Connector
RaeRadfordWhat’s New UK
MarielaDabbahRed Shoe Movement

Marketing Excellence (Sponsored by Profiles Creative)

BeckyBrockJohn Lewis
TamaraGillanCherry London

Outstanding CEO 

JacquelineGoldAnn Summers
CallyPalmerRoyal Marsden Hospital
ClareScottThe Ocean Partnership Ltd
MaryanneMatthewsEY Foundation

Entrepreneur of the Year 

AnnaSofatAddidi Wealth Ltd
KirstyHendersonFive Rings Training, and Personal Safety London
RoniSavageJomas Associates Limited
RosieVernonAurora Baby

Inspirational Woman in Tech (Sponsored by Empact Ventures)

TarrynGorreKafoodle Limited

Outstanding Team Member

FarzanaNazSaracens Solicitors 
ChrisoulaSirigouThe Golden Muse 
AnnabelleRisdonGive as you Live

Journalist of the Year

EllaDoveHearst Magazines UK
LauraHampsonLondon Evening Standard
EmmieHarrisonTI Media Limited
StephanieClarkson38a The Shop