At a splendid cream tea hosted at Pentillie Castle on 8th February, more than 100 guests from the local business community gathered to celebrate the Devon & Cornwall 2019 Venus Awards finalists, who will be progressing to the next stage of these prestigious business awards.
Although in the 6th year, the number of applications continues to grow, making the finalist selection process harder than ever. “We received more than 1,300 nominations and applications for the 15 award categories, which highlights the huge contribution that women in business are making to businesses in the Devon & Cornwall Region.” said Venus Movement founder Tara Howard.
Launched in September, the participants have now been whittled down to the Finalists stage through a combination of sponsor panel and public judging.
Lucy Findlay, Managing Director of Social Enterprise Mark CIC was delighted to be named as a finalist in the Influential Woman of the Year category, along with Dr Emily Beaumont of Social Enterprise Mark holder Plymouth Marjon University.
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.
The Devon & Cornwall 2019 Venus Awards will culminate in a Glamorous Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony on 29th March 2019 at St Mellion International Resort.