The National Finals brought together all the regional winners where the crème de la crème vied for the National title in their respective categories.
This year 22 winners from eight regions were crowned at a lunchtime celebration at the beautiful and stunning Hand Picked Hotel – Audley’s Wood. The Chairman and Chief Executive of Hand Picked Hotels, Julia Hands, who was a guest speaker remarked that she had never experienced such a wonderful atmosphere in any of her hotels before.
The deserving National winners were chosen from a massive 13,225 nominations and applications as well as 34,066 votes. With inspirational Speakers Jenni Steel and Dr Lynda Shaw, the day also included stories of hardship and triumph with plenty of laughter and many tears.
Talking about the phenomenal growth of the Venus Awards, Founder Tara Howard, herself a business woman and mother of four, commented; “It really is inspiring to see how much support and enthusiasm there is for the awards and what a difference they can make. I’ve even had past winners confess to me that the awards have changed their lives – that’s really powerful, and drives me forward to expand and launch the awards in new regions to recognise more deserving women.”