THE votes have been counted and now the finalists in this year's Langtry Manor Venus Awards Dorset 2013 can be revealed.

Everyone on the shortlist (see below) for the 11 sponsor-judged categories and the three public vote categories, will be invited to the Grand Awards Ceremony at the Langtry Manor Hotel on June 5 when the winners will be announced.

Founder of the awards, Tara Howard, managing director of the Langtry, now plans to expand to other regions of the country including Devon and Sussex, Bristol and Birmingham.

She said: “I often have women coming up to me saying 'this has changed my life' - that is why the plan is to expand the awards. We are currently searching for a national sponsor, so that we can take the awards to local regions across the whole country - and then who knows?”

For further information, please contact Tara Howard at the Langtry or visit 

Daily Echo Business Mother of the Year 

  • Gemma Freeman Gem Freeman
  • Joanna Tomlin Meridian Lifts
  • Debra Clark Jelf Group Heart

Employee of the Year Lorna Trent

  • BCHA Ebony Butler
  • Beales Gourmet Liva Gerharde
  • Born Beauty Boutique Jobshop

UK Employer of the Year

  • Nikki Walker Professional Hairdressing Training
  • Samantha Acton Domestic Angels
  • Carol Maunder Dutton Gregory

Move On Rentals Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Jayne Harding Job Shop UK
  • Dr Anna Maslin Millar Maslin Associates
  • Sally TannerDorset Counselling Training and Community Counselling Service

Quality Electrical PA of the Year Award

  • Christine Barker Greendale Construction
  • Suzanne Gray Rock Recruitment
  • Lisa McKenzie Autism Wessex

Island Bathrooms Inspirational Woman Award

  • Chantal Lockey Chantal Lockey Training
  • Jane Montrose Apple House Ltd
  • Linda Thornton The John Thornton Young Achiever

Darren Northeast PR Networker of the Year

  • Carlie O'Neill Tanner and Tilley
  • Gemma Saunders Autism Wessex
  • Elaine Wilkins Princecroft Willis

Talk Moneywise High Achiever Award

  • Jayne Fletcher Opus Risk Solutions 
  • Maria Seabright Greendale Construction
  • Michelle Tatner Dutton Gregory

Princecroft Willis Entrepreneur of the Year

  • Amanda Arkell Belle Enfants
  • Jan Hopkinson Smart Training and Recruitmen
  • tLee Wilkins The Commercial Law Practice/Care Homes

Natwest New Business

  • Amanda Arkell Belle Enfants
  • Jemma CooperHI Therapies
  • Suzanne Roycroft, Elsie Harrhy Coffee House

Dutton Gregory Small Business Award

  • Linda Eve Evenlines
  • Sophie Kermani Jibet The Dining Room
  • Tricia Walker Tikaro Media

Basepoint Home Based Business

  • Samantha Acton Domestic Angels
  • Julie Cleaver Popcorn Marketing
  • Lindsay Shepherd Lindsay Shepherd Hypnotherapy

Bournemouth Town Online Business Award

  • Sue Cowell Cobwebknits
  • Kia Smith Kikisboutique
  • Lesley Stephenson Head 2 toe Security

Lexus Poole Green Award

  • Arlene Edge Your Company Matters Consultancy
  • Pippa Latimer Harris Latimer House
  • Karen Scott The Natural Body Café