Last opportunity to vote in Venus Award categories

Voting has nearly closed to the public in two categories in this year's Portsmouth Venus Awards in association with Peter Cooper Motor Group.

Wednesday, 16th March 2016, 6:58 am
The 2016 Venus Award semi-finalists

The News is sponsoring the public vote category of Customer Service Award.

The awards 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.

Continuing their association for a fourth year, Heart FM is sponsoring the enormously popular public vote category of Business Mother of the Year.

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Video clips of the 26 semi-finalists in both categories can now be viewed online and voted for by the public on the Venus Awards website at

Voting closes at midnight tonight.

The names of the three semi-finalists in each category who have received the most public votes will be revealed along with other categories at the finalists announcement on Tuesday, March 22 at the Langstone, Portsmouth.

The final ceremony and gala dinner will be held at The Pyramids on Friday, May 6.

The Venus Awards were set up in Dorset in 2009 by Tara Howard to recognise the hard work, effort and skill it takes women to successfully juggle business with other commitments.

The semi-finalists are:

Heart FM Business Mother of the Year

Nicola Tomkinson – Sweet-Creation Ltd

Karen Knibbs – University of Portsmouth

Lorraine Pink – Portsmouth Cultural Trust

Charlie Reilly – The Reilly Enterprise

Tracie Sharp – Grosvenor Casino Gunwharf Quays

Maxine Fitzgerald – Amour Recruitment

Emma Hime –Beat the Bullies

Adel Kaseke – Curvyswan

Simone Hadley – Eliza Rose

Abbie Curtis – Amoir Camera

Tricia Lyons – Marvels and Meltdowns

Nikki Shepherd – ENJO UK

Zara Hogg – Wilkins Kennedy LLP

The News Portsmouth Customer Service Award

Katrina Willis – Beautiful Bells

Rachel Hannon – Landport Community Centre

Tiffany Eneas – MSE Fitness

Kelly Louise Jordan – Charmaine of Southsea

Amy Richardson – Changes Clinic of Excellence

Lesley Wranksome – Lesley Wranksome CMB-Solent

Heather Barrie – Harrie’s Coffee

Elisa Mott – Shake Your Glass

Katie Fairhall – Katie Bakes

Kelly Shaw – k:SPA

Sharon Bannister – Shazbaz Designs

Alexis Trowbridge – Clean Ear Clinic

Rhoda Joseph – Cascades Shopping Centre