Anna Sofat Announced as Finalist at London’s Top Business Women Announcement at The Ritz

Over 120 distinguished guests attended the Finalist Announcement of the London 2018 Venus Awards at The Ritz on Tuesday 9th October.

Over 120 business professionals, journalists and celebrities gathered at The Ritz to celebrate the Finalist Announcement for the prestigious Venus Awards on the 9th October 2018.
The best businesswomen in London celebrated getting to the finalist stage of the Venus Awards with canapés and champagne in a star-studded, glitzy ceremony at the iconic Ritz.

65 London Venus Awards finalists were revealed at the much-anticipated event. Launched in May, applicants and nominees have been whittled down through a combination of panel judges and public voting. Now, the 65 finalists will be judged by a panel of prestigious businesses sponsoring the awards before the finals at the Waldorf Hotel in December.

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.

Founder of the Venus Awards, Tara Howard, said: “In our ninth year, we are thrilled the number of applications continues to grow. We received a record-breaking 1,200 nominations and applications for the 15 award categories, which highlights the influence women in business are making to their local economies.”

Katharine Plunkett CEO of the Business of Brand (BoB) School, a key sponsor of the London Venus Awards said: “The finalists are clearly leading the way in their industries and we have no doubt they will be making a difference in the world and it is a joy to be a part of their journey.”

The London 2018 Venus Awards will culminate in a glamorous gala dinner and awards ceremony on 3rd December 2018 at The Waldorf Hilton, London.

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For more information contact Laura Booth
01202 293095

About The Venus Awards
The Venus Awards were founded in Dorset in 2009 by Tara Howard. Frustrated by the lack of recognition for working women, Tara established the awards to recognise and celebrate the achievements of working women. The event has since expanded to eight regions around the UK, with the 35th ceremony to be held at the inaugural London Awards at the Waldorf in December 2018.

About Tara Howard
Tara Howard is an entrepreneur and founder of the Venus Awards. Her experience in business has taken her around the world. She first moved to corporate London at the age of 18 and bought her first property at 22. She later returned to take over her family’s hotel business, transforming an historic hotel to a premier wedding destination and increasing the number of weddings hosted per year from just three to over 100. Tara also managed to find the time to follow in her mother’s footsteps and qualify as a commercial pilot and flight instructor, and help produce a large scale opera in Toronto and New York.
A mother of four, Tara knows first-hand the many challenges facing women in their careers as well as the joys and opportunities of being a working mother. Vivaciously inspiring, Tara is passionate about helping empower more women in business to develop their self-confidence, to get the recognition they deserve, and to obtain all the success they need, no matter what their line of work.

The Venus Awards London 2018 Finalists are:

Influential Woman of the Year (Sponsored by Time and Leisure)
Chelsey Baker National Mentoring Day

Marisa Peer Rapid Transformation Therapy

Diahanne Rhiney Strength With In Me Foundation

Inspirational Woman of the Year

Alice Morrison Alice Morrison

Mariela Shaker UNHCR

Gina Martin Parliament

Seema Flower Blind Ambition

Jenni Dunman Daisy First Aid Ltd

Anna Daniels Daniels Group

Company of the Year (Sponsored by SGFE)
Jane Julia Atherton Vassie Love Success Plc

Kirsten Hazell London Grace Ltd

Sarah Hazlehurst MKTG

Christine Owen Plimsoll Productions

Employer of the Year (Sponsored by Jaluch)
Antoinette Daniel Just Helpers

Kirsten Hazell London Grace Ltd

Chantelle Nicholson Tredwells & Marcus Wareing Restaurants

Henry Stewart Happy

Small Business of the Year (Sponsored by BoB School)
Susan Kabani Ugenie

Katie Young Gerald Bespoke Textiles

Natalie Meyer Tokyoesque

Director of the Year
Cathy Busani Happy Ltd

Liz Kalu Leverage Homes
Lucy Kane Time and Leisure Magazine

Lynsey-Kay Porter Ultimate Holdings

Lauren Williams London Grace

Professional Excellence

Amy Hambleton RedLaw

Alison Kriel Above & Beyond

Emma Taylor RSSB

Jane Wheeler Hine Legal

Gunita Bhasin Showcased and Atomico

HR Professional (Sponsored by Benefex)
Abigail Lerman Stella McCartney

Kelly Jackson World First

Belinda Henriksen Expedia Inc

PR Excellence (Sponsored by Sunny Bird PR)
Rebecca Musgrave Propercorn

Antonia Mason Oppo

Lauren Williams London Grace

Social Media Influencer (Public Vote)
Abigail Barnes Success by Design Training

Jennifer Corcoran My Super Connector

Rae Radford What’s New UK

Mariela Dabbah Red Shoe Movement

Marketing Excellence (Sponsored by Profiles Creative)
Becky Brock John Lewis

Gemma Mason Superdrug

Tamara Gillan Cherry London

Outstanding CEO
Jacqueline Gold Ann Summers

Cally Palmer Royal Marsden Hospital

Clare Scott The Ocean Partnership Ltd

Maryanne Matthews EY Foundation

Entrepreneur of the Year
Anna Sofat Addidi Wealth Ltd

Kirsty Henderson Five Rings Training, and Personal Safety London

Roni Savage Jomas Associates Limited

Sara Trechman Well&Truly

Rosie Vernon Aurora Baby

Inspirational Woman in Tech (Sponsored by Empact Ventures)
Tarryn Gorre Kafoodle Limited

Tiia Sammallahti WhatCharity

Sophie Thompson VirtualSpeech

Outstanding Team Member
Farzana Naz Saracens Solicitors

Chrisoula Sirigou The Golden Muse

Annabelle Risdon Give as you Live

Niri Arambepola WSP

Jessica Fairfax Kaizen

Journalist of the Year
Ella Dove Hearst Magazines UK

Laura Hampson London Evening Standard

Emmie Harrison TI Media Limited

Emma Sheppard Freelance

Stephanie Clarkson 38a The Shop

Photograph: All Finalists at The Ritz London Venus Awards 2018 Finalist Announcement. Photograph courtesy of Christian Lawson.

To find out more about the Venus Awards or to arrange an interview please contact Tara Howard on 01202 559039 or email at Distributed on behalf of Venus Awards –

Running your life more like a business

Being a successful woman in business is one thing – managing accounts, tracking your company’s profitability, negotiating strong deals for your enterprise. But how good are you at running the family finances? Even the most potent CEOs or entrepreneurs can have trouble dealing with family money because there is one major thing many of us fail to do with our personal finances – deal with them as if we are running a business.

This may sound an odd thing to suggest but when you think about it, dealing with your family’s personal money should ideally be approached in exactly the same way as you would run a business. Of course, when it comes to family, this is so much harder to do. Our own money is tied up in emotions and family decisions, which makes it more difficult to handle with dispassionate rationality and the calm analysis of a businesswoman in action. If you can learn how to sidestep some of that emotion by approaching your own money with more of a business sense, you will reap the rewards from extra efficiency and ability to think clearly.

For example, good businesses are built on strong balance sheets, where a clear idea of profit and loss is second nature. Most business owners can tell you exactly where their balance sheet stands at any time. Most people cannot say the same of their own financial affairs, so becoming more disciplined and organised with them will start to help straight away.

Now, I’m not suggesting that you start creating profit and loss accounts for your own personal finances (unless you want to of course!). But I am suggesting that you become more aware of what you have coming in and going out at any one time. Initially, this would involve sitting down with all of your paperwork relating to income – bank statements, wage slips, dividend receipts, portfolio reports, savings account interest statements – anything and everything that will tell you what income you have.

Once this is established, take a look at your outgoings – taxes you have to pay, fixed expenses such as those related to property, utility bills, loan repayments, school fees, and other expenses such as gym memberships or other clubs. Check whether there are any other areas where you could trim the fat, such as discretionary expenses where you could either get the service for less, or do without it altogether. You may even find things you are paying for that you had forgotten about and no longer use, in which case get round to cancelling them right away and stop spending money unnecessarily.

With both of these established, you can then work out your home finances equivalent of your profit and loss to see what free cash flow you have from your household income that could be used to save. Even if you are very wealthy, there is no point in wasting money in areas where you could put that money to better use. Just as in business, you would not allow profits to be drained by a cavalier approach to the way your company’s money is managed.

Having done the hard work with your income and expenditure, you may also want to go as far as outlining all of your assets too – this is especially useful if you are making a will, or want to get a good idea of your overall net worth. Include everything from property you own, collections such as antiques or paintings, investments, cars, and anything else you can think of. If there is debt against any of these, such as mortgages or car loans, then subtract that to get the overall value of your assets.

So take a lesson from the business world and mindset for your personal finances, and watch them a little more closely. You might be surprised just how much more you can do with the money you have.