Updated 28/10/19 

Applications for the Venus Awards and Tara Howard’s Partner Charity are now closed.

Tara Hamilton Howard is the founder of The Venus Awards which exist to celebrate business achievements of women. Categories have included: ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’; ‘Small Business of the Year’; ‘Inspirational Woman’ and ‘Influential Woman’. Since 2009, Venus have hosted 36 ceremonies, with 540 winners and 42587 nominations.  This year, Venus will be accepting nominations from across the UK from November 4th.

Check out their showreel for footage of previous ceremonies.

Venus and whatCharity are collaborating on two projects to select a charity partner for the Venus Awards Ceremony and another charity which Tara Howard is looking to personally support. Both organisations should work to help or empower women. 

Charities applying for either or both of these positions, have access to the whatCharity Member subscription for FREE until the end of the year. Click here to get set up on whatCharity.

Applications closed on October 23rd 2019.

More recently, Tara has set up SASS (Self Adore Success System)- a framework which exists to inspire and empower mid-life women. SASS offers coaching programmes and sales training, to help women realise the value of their worth and break free of the limiting beliefs that hold them back.

Venus Awards Charity Partner

Venus is interested in representing a charity which supports women, or women and children. For example, the organisation could aim to empower women in the work-place or offer support to single mothers. Ideally, the charity’s reach will extend throughout the UK. 

What’s on offer:
This charity will feature throughout the campaign and will appear on the nomination website, helping to spread the word of its brand and good work. The charity will feature in either the Venus Program or Magazine. The organisation will be invited to attend the May 2020 ceremony where there will be opportunities for good publicity and fundraising. 

Tara Howard’s Charity Partner

Tara is also seeking a UK-based charity to support personally, which similarly supports women. 

What’s on offer:
The charity will feature on the Venus website, which will improve their exposure. Tara will offer representatives of the chosen charity free places on her SASS training courses. She would also be happy to appear at events as a guest speaker or host. 

Q How did Venus come about? 

Tara: Whilst running a hotel and being a mother to four children, I was nominated for the Dorset Business Awards as the ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’. 

I did not win the award but all those who did, were men. This got me thinking: What is out there for women like me?

I got in touch with a local newsprint, The Bournemouth Echo and set up the Langtry Manor Business Women Awards which later on, became the Venus Awards.

Q What is the Venus Movement about? 

Tara: The Venus movement refers to the lifeline of the Venus Awards which began in Dorset in 2009. They have since developed into a growing number of successful regional events. In each region these events are fast becoming known as the social and networking event of the business calendar. 

Dubbed as the ‘Working Women’s Oscars’, the awards are high-profile regional events, which recognise and reward women in local business for the outstanding contribution they make to our communities. 

At Venus, we passionately believe in celebrating female-owned and female-friendly businesses. In the past nine years, we have partnered with many forward-thinking businesses who have helped us spread the word of outstanding female achievement in all areas of enterprise. 

We want to hear from individuals or companies who want to support women in their business community-nominations are now open.

Q How do you think Venus benefits women? 

Tara: Venus benefits women across the country by giving them a platform to celebrate their achievements, which so often are not given the same status as men. 

This in turn benefits their businesses and careers, propelling them to greater success. 

Q What are you hoping to achieve through your partnership with the chosen charity?

Tara: By promoting the partner charity, I hope to spread awareness of the organisation and extend its reach and impact, helping support women who need support.   

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Q What will the charity gain from being the Venus Awards charity partner

Tara: Exposure; it will be promoted throughout the entire Venus journey. It will get visibility within either our program at the Awards Ceremony or the Magazine (if we do one). 

We will interview a chosen representative of the charity. representor, creating more exposure for the charity.  They would also be the charity of choice at the Venus Awards Ceremony at the Waldorf Hotel in London.

Q Why did you introduce the ‘Charity Leader of the Year’ category? 

Tara: It’s a major sector and more often than not, charity workers are not given the recognition they deserve. Running or working within a charity is something that slips through the cracks in terms of being recognised and rewarded. This award hopes to celebrate them in the way they deserve!