2018 Venus Awards: Semi-Finalists Revealed

Venus Awards 2018

As proud sponsor of the Thames Valley Venus Awards 2018, we were delighted to announce our five semi-finalists for the Influential Women category last night.

Dubbed by Channel 4 as “The Working Women’s Oscars”, The Venus Awards celebrates the vital contribution that women in business make to the local, regional and national economy.

The semi-finalist event took place at Marshall Volkswagen in Reading and Kiran Panaich, a Private Client Solicitor from our Caversham branch, took centre stage to share the exciting news with the audience. Kiran commented:

“Sponsoring the Influential Women category felt like a natural fit for Parfitt Cresswell. Our offices across London and the South-East are full of hard-working and inspirational females who use their legal expertise to influence client outcomes on a daily basis. This might relate to divorce, buying or selling a home, drawing up a will or arranging a Power of Attorney, to name just a few examples.”

It was an honour for us to review the entries and short-listing just five individuals wasn’t easy. Many of the entrants had achieved business success against all odds, testament to their hard work, tenacity and relentless ambition. Without further ado, our 2018 Venus Awards Influential Women Semi-finalists are:

  • Louise Fetigan, founder of Little Troopers, a registered charity supporting all children with parents serving in the British Armed Forces, regular or reserve. Louise and her team provide fundamental resources, initiatives and events to ease and aid repeated separation periods aiming to keep parent and child connected and bonded even when miles apart.
  • Amanda Ayres, founder of The Business Girls Network, an online and offline business community designed to educate, empower and enable female business ownership.
  • Joyce Connor, regional coordinator of Reading and Newbury for the charity Look Good Feel Better  Joyce hosts skincare and make up workshops for women with cancer and also runs her own business, Joyce Connor Makeup
  • Katherine Knight, managing director of Intelligent Health Intelligent Health’s vision is to create active communities where people connect with the natural spaces within and around the place they live. Katherine’s award-winning Beat the Street behaviour change programme has engaged over 800,000 participants in the past five years and helps people make activity part of their everyday life.
  • Emma-Jane Taylor, founder of a portfolio of businesses which all aim to improve lives. StageWorks Performing Arts School is for children aged 4-16 years old, NutritiousWorks is a fitness company for adults and SHEnetWORKS is a networking company for women to share business ideas, collaborate and connect.

Congratulations to our semi-finalists who richly deserve the recognition. We look forward to the final!