NatWest Venus Awards Oxfordshire 2014 in association with North Oxford BMW – Winners

Following thousands of votes, over 1,500 nominations and applications and a frenzy of excitement, the

Oxfordshire Venus business women Awards announced the 2014 winners at the Oxford Belfry on Friday

14thNovember 2014.  Hosted by Cerys Nelmes and Tara Howard, Venus Awards Founder, the evening

was a huge success.

 

Expanding across the country, in regions already such as Dorset,Devon, Southampton, Brighton,

Portsmouth, Oxford and Birmingham, this is the first year the Venus Awards were in Oxfordshire to

recognise and reward the amazing businesswomen of Oxfordshire.

 

The awards were founded in 2009 by Tara Howard, then Managing Director of Langtry Manor Hotel in

Bournemouth.  “The night was magical, the food fabulous,the setting stupendous and the atmosphere

electric.   It was so inspiring to see the wealth and diversity of successful Oxfordshire business women.

I felt so honoured to be on stage with the winners of the various categories who were deservedly

recognized for their achievements.   We have not had an awards ceremony yet without lots of laughter

and a few tears – this year was no exception.”

 

Together with the Regional Partner for Oxfordshire, Sarah Airey, a local business women herself and

owner of The buzzworks, a PR and communications consultancy, the Venus Awards were launched in

May 2014.  “Oxfordshire is a county with a tremendous future. There are so many opportunities for

businesses to succeed and grow.These awards celebrate the vital part that women play in this success.

All the women finalists – not just those that took home the trophies – and their energy, enthusiasm and

drive to succeed are an inspiration.”

 

Below are the very worthy winners for Oxfordshire:

 

Oxford Mail Business Mother of the Year               

Jody Fletcher     Chilli Promotional Products Limited

Jody is proud to be a busy working Mother, juggling hersuccessful business, with a hands on role as

Mum.  Jody set up Chilli Promotional Products in2008 and works with many large (and small!)

businesses throughout the UK.

 

Henmans Freeth Businessof the Year                                 

Alison Hargreaves     Guides for Brides

Alison is the founder and Managing Director of Guides forBrides, an on-line wedding business

dedicated to putting businesses in touchwith brides. She is proud to be part of a female oriented team in

a maledominated industry of on-line publishing.

 

Thames SecurityManagement Customer Service Award             

Michelle Jennion      A-Plan Insurance – Witney

Michelle Jennion works hard to make the complicated andconfusing process of buying insurance

enjoyable and easy to understand,providing service and prices that cannot be found anywhere else.

 

Heart Employee of theYear                         

Charlotte Cardosi      My Beauty Room 

Charlotte takes a great deal of pride in doing an excellentjob. It is obvious by her bubbly personality and

friendly smile that shethoroughly enjoys her work. She is a caring, empathetic, positive individualwho is

entirely reliable and committed.

 

Employer of the Year                                    

Emily Boardman        Turpin & Miller LLP

“Emily Boardman is a Solicitor and one of the Partnersat Turpin & Miller LLP. She is the head of the

Family Department. She works in both the Oxford and Reading offices.

She studied law at The University of London (SOAS) andobtained her professional qualifications from

 

The College of Law (London). Shetrained in London and worked at Horwood & James in

Buckinghamshire beforejoining Turpin & Miller LLP in 2006.”

 

Entrepreneur of theYear                 

Steph Croft-Simon    Nom Foods Limited

Steph is a 26 year old who started an organic foods businessafter developing severe allergies at

university and realising that there werefew tasty free-and nutrition from foods on the market. She is hard

working andtenacious.

 

North Oxford BMW GreenBusiness Award                        

Susanne Austin        Oxfordshire Green Construction Showcaseand Oxfordshire Green 

Construction Network

A True Earth Mother – Susanne believes in a more harmoniousrelationship between all inhabitants of

this beautiful planet. She encouragesand inspires us to respect each other, Mother Earth, and be aware

of our use ofour precious natural resources.

 

Home Based BusinessAward                        

Jayne Johnson         Better People LTD

My company provides recruitment services to companieslooking to source permanent staff for

management, sales and office roles.Having experience of recruiting for teams, coaching candidates and

clients onrecruitment policies and applicant attraction it seemed a natural step tobecome a Talent

Dynamics Flow Consultant in August 2012.

 

Influential Woman of the Year        

Cathy Dunbabin        Opendoorz Ltd

Cathy is a motor sport fan – especially F1, adores heels andOTT jewellery. Mum to 2 fabulous

daughters, an eternal optimist and partial toa night at the casino!  Great atuncovering synergies,

connecting people and creating a professional network.

 

Jennings Inspirational Woman Award                    

Nancy Hunt    The Nasio Trust – Abingdon 

Kenyan born, founder director, a charity which has grownfrom humble beginnings now provides
education, food, healthcare to over 370 HIVorphaned and disadvantaged children in Kenya and works
with disadvantage UKyoung people to transform their lives.

 

Lifetime AchievementAward           

Catherine Blaxhall     Action for Carers (Oxfordshire)

Catherine is incredibly proud of the work she carries outfor Carers Oxfordshire and Age UK

Oxfordshire in helping to support the manythousands of vulnerable people who are caring for a family

member, neighbour orfriend.

 

MX Marketing Networkerof the Year       

 Placi Espejo    Bicester Vision

Placi has a passion for helping businesses, particularlyinnovative Oxon start ups, loves being part of the

Bicester Vision team and is extremely honoured of being a Director of Oxfordshire Business First and a

mentor for OxfordEntrepreneurs.

 

Inca Caring Accounting New Business Award     

LinWorthy     Worthy Conclusions

Lin is an experienced and professional PA, very adept at providingan extra pair of hands a exactly when

and where you need them.  The people around Lin describe her as extremelypersonable, utterly reliable

and wonderfully helpful.

 

New Media &Online Business Award     

ChristineMcRitchie    Earthwise Trading

Christine is the owner of Earthwise Trading – a businessshe’s been running for the last 10 years that

encompasses 3 cloth nappy retailwebsites, an eco-menstrual retail website and cloth nappy brand

Wonderoos.

 

Checkaprofessional.comProfessional of the Year        

Sarah Morris  HR2YOU

Sarah Morris is the Director of HR2YOU and hassinglehandedly grown the brand since 2009. Sarah has

an enthusiasm for peopleand business which is testament to its success and continued growth.

 

NatWest SmallBusiness Award  

Sue Caulfield  Metro Rod (Oxon and West Bucks)

Susan is very proud of her achievements, after lifesavingsurgery in 2009 she has
thrived on running and growing her business.  Increasing turnover year on year
andconstantly striving to improve the service Metro Rod (Oxon and West Bucks)provide.

 

Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Amber-Lauren Ballantyne-Styles      AMBER-LAUREN FINE ART

Amber is a 19 year old Commercial Artist, who’s BrandAmber-Lauren Fine Art is proudly back by The Prince’s Trust.

                                               Tara Howard (front-centred) with all winners

Bicester is becoming a hot bed for new and existing businesses that want to grow.

“Bicester is becoming a hot bed for new and existing businesses that want to grow. We’ve got a great location, excellent business networks and access to high quality investment opportunities.”
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“Bicester is becoming a hot bed for new and existing businesses that want to grow. We’ve got a great location, excellent business networks and access to high quality investment opportunities.”

Membership of Bicester Vision has provided the best possible conduit for the military

"Membership of Bicester Vision has provided the best possible conduit for the military to both understand and contribute towards the development and Bicester Town"
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"Membership of Bicester Vision has provided the best possible conduit for the military to both understand and contribute towards the development and Bicester Town"

Being a member enables us to build a close understanding of the needs of local businesses

“Chiltern Railways provides fast, frequent train services from Bicester North station and the newly opened Bicester Village station to London, Birmingham, Oxford and key locations in between.  Being a member of Bicester Vision enables us to build a close understanding of the needs of local businesses and helps us to shape our future growth strategy.”

Stephen Barker, Chiltern Railways
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“Chiltern Railways provides fast, frequent train services from Bicester North station and the newly opened Bicester Village station to London, Birmingham, Oxford and key locations in between.  Being a member of Bicester Vision enables us to build a close understanding of the needs of local businesses and helps us to shape our future growth strategy.”Stephen Barker, Chiltern Railways

We have a profound interest in the progress of the Town

“The Bicester Chamber of Commerce and Bicester Vision have a profound interest in the progress of the Town and understand that in some circumstances the continual increase in the numbers of houses and businesses will cause disquiet, to individuals and existing business alike. Change is always with us, and both the “Chamber” and “Vision” endeavour to keep the standards from the past while facing, and working, with the challenges of the future.”

Peter Cox, Chairman of Bicester Chamber
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“The Bicester Chamber of Commerce and Bicester Vision have a profound interest in the progress of the Town and understand that in some circumstances the continual increase in the numbers of houses and businesses will cause disquiet, to individuals and existing business alike. Change is always with us, and both the “Chamber” and “Vision” endeavour to keep the standards from the past while facing, and working, with the challenges of the future.”Peter Cox, Chairman of Bicester Chamber

The primary objective for Bicester Vision is to provide opportunities for job creation

"The primary objective for Bicester Vision is to provide opportunities for job creation and this supports a key commitment within our Local Plan to deliver employment in line with housing. As a designated Garden Town, Bicester is expanding at the pace so it is essential to attract the inward investment and businesses who will be vital to this success. Through our membership with Bicester Vision, we can work with partners and existing businesses to access to additional channels, resources and innovative ideas to help us to achieve our goal as a district of opportunity and employment."

Karen Curtin, Commercial Director (Bicester) , Cherwell District Council
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"The primary objective for Bicester Vision is to provide opportunities for job creation and this supports a key commitment within our Local Plan to deliver employment in line with housing. As a designated Garden Town, Bicester is expanding at the pace so it is essential to attract the inward investment and businesses who will be vital to this success. Through our membership with Bicester Vision, we can work with partners and existing businesses to access to additional channels, resources and innovative ideas to help us to achieve our goal as a district of opportunity and employment."Karen Curtin, Commercial Director (Bicester) , Cherwell District Council

The County Council is a key partner in delivering infrastructure for housing and employment growth in Bicester

"The County Council is a key partner in delivering infrastructure for housing and employment growth in Bicester.  Essential to that is the close working across all tiers of government and the private sector to enable all Bicester businesses to prosper and create job opportunities for the community.  The Council has been a founding member and has seen the work of the partnership play an active role in shaping a flourishing Bicester."

Lisa Michelson, Locality Manager , Oxfordshire County Council
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"The County Council is a key partner in delivering infrastructure for housing and employment growth in Bicester.  Essential to that is the close working across all tiers of government and the private sector to enable all Bicester businesses to prosper and create job opportunities for the community.  The Council has been a founding member and has seen the work of the partnership play an active role in shaping a flourishing Bicester."Lisa Michelson, Locality Manager , Oxfordshire County Council

Bicester Town Council has been part of Bicester Vision since its inception

"Bicester Town Council has been part of Bicester Vision since its inception and are pleased to be able to work alongside the  business community and all tiers of local government to make Bicester the ‘go to’ place for business opportunity."

Sue Mackrell, Bicester Town Council
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"Bicester Town Council has been part of Bicester Vision since its inception and are pleased to be able to work alongside the  business community and all tiers of local government to make Bicester the ‘go to’ place for business opportunity."Sue Mackrell, Bicester Town Council

Through our work with Bicester Vision we are able identify the development needs of the town

“Ziran Land and its predecessor Stockdale Land has found that working closely with the business community of Bicester has enabled us to successfully develop Pioneer Square Shopping Centre and now to develop Franklin House, which was completed in 2016.  The growth of Bicester enables us, through our work with Bicester Vision, to identify the business, retail and leisure development needs of the town and to work closely with the business community to provide these.”

John Liggins, Managing Director, Ziran Land Limited
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“Ziran Land and its predecessor Stockdale Land has found that working closely with the business community of Bicester has enabled us to successfully develop Pioneer Square Shopping Centre and now to develop Franklin House...”

Bicester Vision is an effective way for interested parties to collaborate

"Bicester Vision is an effective way for interested parties to collaborate. We have recently worked with Lisa Rawlings at Banbury and Bicester College as being an industry partner for Bicester Technology studio school and supporting them on the curriculum, equipment specification, and funding. As well as facilitating other 3rd Party Logistics firms like DHL to be involved, Solar panel contact via the Low Carbon Hub to support on the building design for sustainable construction."

Steve Thornton, Director UK Logistics & Supply Chain, BRITA UK
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"Bicester Vision is an effective way for interested parties to collaborate. We have recently worked with Lisa Rawlings at Banbury and Bicester College as being an industry partner for Bicester Technology studio school and supporting them on the curriculum, equipment specification, and funding. As well as facilitating other 3rd Party Logistics firms like DHL to be involved, Solar panel contact via the Low Carbon Hub to support on the building design for sustainable construction."Steve Thornton, Director UK Logistics & Supply Chain, BRITA UK