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Tuesday 17th May, Location; Tamar Science Park. It was the Venus Awards 2016 launch party. In attendance were some of the most talented business woman in the South-West including our very own Tracie & Jemma Gunningham. 


With many awards up for grabs, there is one in particular that grabs the attention of the crowd more than others: Business Mother of the Year. The foremost popular award has gained itself sponsorship from Heart FM this year.

All other awards are stated below. Know a talented Woman in business? Go to: to nominate her now. Award ceremony will be held at the Great Hall, Exeter University on Friday 18th November 2016.

Categories in the Devon Venus Awards 2016 are:

Sampson Hall Company of the Year

Atkins Ferrie Services Ltd Lifetime Achievement Award

Brend Hotels Customer Service Award

Bishop Fleming Director of the Year

Plymouth City Bus Ltd Networker of the Year

University of Exeter Inspirational Woman of the Year

Plymouth Science Park Digital Media and Online Business of the Year

Heart FM Business Mother of the Year

PR Works Inspirational Woman in Technology (STEM disciplines)

Employee of the Year

Green Business of the Year

Marketing Award

Entrepreneur of the Year

Employer of the Year


On Friday 27th November, Tracie Gunningham accompanied by her husband attended the Venus Awards for women.

After becoming a finalist for the ‘Business of the Year’ award earlier this year, Tracie engulfed in an evening to help celebrate different achievements by women in business from across the Devon region. 

Tracie unfortunately this time didn’t become the winner for her category, Please watch the video below of when someone else took the title.

Tracie was disappointed with the result, however completely respected why the sponsors ‘Sampson Hall’ decision to mark Kathy Murdock the winner, as she has overcome some difficult personal circumstances to ensure her business continued to grow, and be a thriving success.

The evening was held at The Great Hall, in the University of Exeter, both Tracie and her supportive husband had an enjoyable evening.


Tracie Gunningham has made it into the final round of the Venus Women Awards for‘Business Of The Year’ within the Devon region.

In competition for the annual award, Tracie was originally against twenty-two other business nominees, and now sits within the final three. 

The official sponsor of the award, Sandra Sampson of Sampson Hall, stated ‘It was a difficult task choosing 5 businesses for the semi-finals, and even harder to reduce down to 3 finalists’.

Tracie Gunningham, shared her experience of the moment she found out she’d become a finalist as ‘an honour’.  The owner of Envy, also stated “When I heard my name called out as one of the finalist, I couldn’t quite believe it. To be in a final is such an honour as it now feels like the hard work and determination that I’ve put into growing and sustaining Envy has now been recognised not just locally but regionally.’

The final is to be held in the Great Hall at The University Of Exeter on the 27th November, where the winner will be revealed. Regardless of the result, this is a real achievement for both Tracie and her team of professionals.

Business of the Year Finalists with Sandra Sampson from Sampson Hall 

Business of the Year Finalists with Sandra Sampson from Sampson Hall 

Sarah Chapman is through to the Venus Awards Devon Semi Finals


Sarah Chapman said 'I Feel very honoured to be a semi finalist in the 'Employee of the year category'.

 It means a lot to me that my hard work and commitment to Envy is recognised and appreciated. I have had to overcome some shyness issues and become more assertive in my new management role. I am now confident in my management approach and have also taken on the challenge of training and developing the apprentices. I am really enjoying this aspect of my new job description.  

Tracie Gunningham said 'she nominated Sarah for the Employee of the Year Award because she 'naturally' stepped up and showed true leadership qualities, when being faced with her immediate manager having to have an unexpected operation, resulting in her being off for 3 months and also Tracie herself suffered ill health at the beginning of the year'.  Tracie said 'I really do not know what I would've done if Sarah hadn't stepped in and up to management of the Broadway salon and for that I am eternally grateful.' Going to the public vote would've been a big challenge for Sarah 9 months ago, as she admits she hates speaking publicly.  

Sarah has produced a great video, where she speaks confidently and clearly.

'I'm so proud of how far Sarah has come and in such a short space of time' said Tracie. 

Please help Sarah win her category of EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR, she really does deserve the recognition. 


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Tracie Gunningham makes it to business mother of the year semi finals

Venus Awards Devon has selected mum of four and salon owner Tracie Gunningham to be one of just five-semi finalist in Business mother of the year from 90 applicants all over Devon. The category is sponsored by Sampson Hall, experts in leadership and business development. 

The prestigious awards recognise women from across Devon for their achievements in business.

Tracie is also currently one of 10 semi finalist in  Business mother of the year, sponsored by Heart 97-103.0 fm.

For the chance for Tracie to win this title, she needs as many public votes as she can get.

Tracie will find out if she has been selected as a finalist on Oct 9th so fingers crossed.


To vote for Tracie click here!