Natwest Venus Awards Devon

PSP companies shortlisted or prestigious business awards

Top business accolades potentially await four prestigious Plymouth Science Park based companies which have been shortlisted for the annual Plymouth Business Awards, being held at the Plymouth Pavilions on Friday, 17 May.

Scores of companies were nominated for the accolades which are...

Duncan Little

Duncan Little


January 2013 saw the launch of the Venus Awards, hosted by Celia Delaney of SpeakingSuccess, a local Devon company. We are proud to announce that The Plymouth Daily is the official online media sponsor of the awards.

Originating in Dorset in 2009, the Venus Awards aim to recognise as many businesswomen as possible in numerous regions across the country. Venus Awards has selected Devon as one of the first of those regions.

The many businesses that already recognise the upside of supporting women in business are now using the Venus Awards as a vehicle to promote that concept. These include NatWest, the FSB, Exeter Chamber, Heart FM and Condor. The Venus Awards and SpeakingSuccess are looking for additional local businesses that satisfy certain female-friendly criteria to join the team of companies already showing their support for women in business. Visionary organisations will recognise the benefits and positive exposure that comes with sponsoring the Venus Awards.

With Exeter University as the venue and Celia’s love of a good party, the Awards Ceremony in June is set to be the social event of the year for women in business.

Celia says, “We are delighted to have been chosen to be such an integral part of these prestigious awards recognising the diverse range of very successful women in Devon.”

A total of 14 categories identify and distinguish a complete range of women at the top of their field.

Businesses wishing to be considered as potential sponsors should contact Celia Delaney – SpeakingSuccess on or phone 01392 215 389.

Police appeal after stabbing in Plymouth park

Authored by News Desk

Police are investigating an attempted robbery in Plymouth in which a man was stabbed.

The incident happened in Victoria Park, Millbridge, sometime between 7.35pm and 7.45pm on Sunday 29 October.

The victim, aged 30 and from Plymouth, was walking through the park just before Polruan Terrace. As he approached the steps which lead up to North Road West inside the park, he was...

Woman seriously injured in Plymouth quad bike crash

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Police in Plymouth are appealing for witnesses following a road traffic collision involving a quad bike.

Just before 10pm on Thursday 17th December police were called to a single vehicle road traffic collision on the A38, Westbound carriageway on the on-slip from Marsh Mills towards the Parkway.

It appears that the rider of a quad bike in lane two lost control, collided with...

Sponge UK wins Venus Award

Authored by Alexis Bowater

A Plymouth entrepreneur, who created one of the UK’s most successful elearning companies, has won an award recognising the achievements of women in business.

Louise Pasterfield, Managing Director of Sponge UK is the winner of the Digital Media and Online Business category at the NatWest Venus Awards in Devon, which have been dubbed the ‘working women’s Oscars.’

Pasterfield (...

Science Park tenants make Venus Awards semi finals

Authored by Alexis Bowater

Tenants from Plymouth Science Park are celebrating successfully getting through to the semi finals of the coveted Devon Venus Awards 2015.

The Devon Venus Awards are a staple of the social calendar in the South West and this year is no different as the awards seek to honour and award businesswomen who are inspirational, driven, and successful.

Plymouth Science Park Director of...

Venus Awards 2015 open for nominations

Authored by Mary

The Devon Venus Business Women Awards 2015 officially opened for nominations at a glamorous launch party in Exeter on 21 May.

Local business men and women were welcomed at Exeter Castle by event organisers Celia Delaney of SpeakingSuccess and Alexis Bowater of Bowater Communications.

The awards aim to celebrate and recognise the achievements of the county’s working women and...

Awards recognise Devon businesswomen

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Businesses across Devon will gather at a sponsorship lunch to hear about the Venus Awards, which were specifically created to recognise and reward local women in business.

The lunch, which will take place at the Bishop Fleming offices in Exeter, has been designed to celebrate the achievements of hard working women and to inform businesses on how they can get involved.


Who will win National Venus Awards trophy?

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The Venus Awards National Final takes place on the 23rd January.

The Devon Regional winners will compete against more than a hundred other Venus Award Winners from around the country. This sold out event is being held at the Audleys Wood HandPicked Hotel in Basingstoke.

Established in 2009 as the Langtry Manor Business women awards to reward local hard working women, they...

Natwest Venus Awards Devon Winners 2014

Authored by Alexis Bowater

Winners of this year’s Natwest Venus Awards Devon were celebrating on Friday night after one of the most glittering events in the annual business calendar.

More than 350 people enjoyed the event at Exeter University’s Great Hall with winners whittled down to the 14 categories from more than 2,000 nominations in the county this year.

Each winner was announced and given their...

Venus Awards announce semi finalists

Authored by Alexis Bowater

Excitement is building for this year’s Natwest Venus Awards Devon with the announcement of the semi-finalists at a packed awards ceremony in Exeter. More than a hundred women attended the event at the city’s award-winning restaurant Lloyd’s Kitchen, which provided complementary canapés for the nominees and has supported the awards from the beginning.

Lloyd Gardner, owner, said: “I’m...

Venus Awards Devon choose 2014 charity

Authored by Alexis Bowater

The Natwest Venus Awards in Devon have chosen children’s charity CHICKS as their charity of the year for 2014.

The Tavistock-based organisation provides free, week long respite breaks for disadvantaged children from across the UK, who would not otherwise have time away from their difficult lives.

The children they support come from a variety of backgrounds – those living in...