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West Country Women Awards Finalists revealed at Powderham


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2nd November 2023


Finalists Announced for West Country Women Awards at Prestigious Powderham Castle Event


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The big reveal of this year's West Country Women Awards finalists took place at a sumptuous tea party at the enchanting Powderham Castle in Devon this week.


Women from all four counties of the south west peninsular will now progress to the prestigious awards ceremony which celebrates the remarkable achievements and contributions of exceptional women across the region.


The announcement of the finalists is a significant milestone in the West Country Women Awards, showcasing the incredible talents and accomplishments of women who have made a lasting impact in their respective fields.


Founded by Alexis Bowater OBE and Tess Stuber, the awardsaims to inspire and empower women, recognising the invaluable contributions they make to society while creating a community of support across the west country.


Powderham Castle, a grand and historic venue nestled amidst the picturesque Devon countryside, provided a captivating and magnificent backdrop for the awards ceremony. Its unique blend of architectural splendour and natural beauty made it the perfect setting to honour these extraordinary women.


The finalists were carefully selected from a pool of exceptional nominees across various categories, including Small Business of the Year, Women in STEM, Combatting Violence Against Women and Girls, Women in Tech, Best Supporting Act, the Phoenix Award and many others.


Each finalist in the 16 categories has demonstrated exceptional dedication, resilience, and innovation, making the judging process a difficult one.


The glittering red carpet West Country Women Awards Gala Finalists Event on December 1st at the Crowne Plaza in Plymouth now promises to be an unforgettable evening, filled with excitement, inspiration, and celebration.
Attendees will have the opportunity to network with like-minded individuals, discover new opportunities, meet the sponsors including Headline Sponsors Go South West and Headline Production Sponsors PL1 Events and support the remarkable women who have shaped their communities.


 To be part of the West Country Women Awards community and to join their regional directory visit prices fixed at just £15 for this year.


For more information about the West Country Women Awards and to view the list of finalists and to buy tickets to the Grand Final please visit contact Alexis Bowater and Tess Stuber at




 Notes for editors - About The West Country Women Awards:


The West Country Women Awards seek to recognise and celebrate the extraordinary achievements and contributions of women across the West Country region. By honouring exceptional women in various categories, the awards aim to inspire and empower others while highlighting the importance of community and working together.





Business Name


The Small Business of the Year Award - sponsored by Somerset Council


Wenna and Pippa Hicks

The Barn at Pengelly

Truro, Cornwall

Donna Barnes


Plymouth, Devon

Caroline Whitehead

Calancombe Estate

Ivybridge, Devon

Joanne Manville

Joanne Manville Virtual Assistance

Newton Abbot, Devon

The Women in Charity Award - sponsored by Lifeworks


Emma Murphy

Stanley Beau Foundation

Newton Abbot, Devon

Nicola Nurrish

Marbles Lost and Found CIC

Plymouth, Devon

Jenny Adjene

Gifted Women

Plymouth, Devon

Joanna Gorniak

Street Factory

Plymouth, Devon

The Women in Tech Award - sponsored by Real Ideas


Amber Amare

Amber Amare Films

Plymouth, Devon

Lizzie Ginbey

Teapot Creative

Hambridge, Somerset

Theresa Benson


Cullompton, Devon

Katherine George

Oh So Social

Penryn, Cornwall

The Green Business of the Year Award - sponsored by LHC Design


Avril Greenaway

Cleaner Seas Group

Bude, Cornwall

Brittany Harris

Qualis Flow

Okehampton, Devon

Claire Wallerstein and Bryony Stokes

Cornwall Climate Care

Torpoint, Cornwall

Rachael Whitson

Absolute PR and Marketing

Exeter, Devon

The Entrepreneur of the Year Award - sponsored by Continuum


Brittany Harris

Qualis Flow

Okehampton, Devon

Emily Harrison

Pebble Brook Clinic

Exeter, Devon

Samantha Jackman

Boost Innovations

Calstock Cornwall

Karen Hagenow

The Posh Bits Company

Teignmouth, Devon

The Women in STEM Award - sponsored by Msubs



Bryony Halliday

Wheal Jane Consultancy

Truro, Cornwall

Kateryna Omelchuk

Imerys British Lithium

Roche, Cornwall

Leanne Moore

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust

Plymouth, Devon

The Combatting Violence Against Women and Girls Award - sponsored by the Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly


Jeanie Lynch

CoLab Exeter

Exeter, Devon

Lynn McKenzie


Plymouth, Devon

Michele Thornbery


Exeter, Devon

The Employee of the Year Award - sponsored by Womble Bond Dickinson


Morven Maclean

Building Plymouth

Plymouth, Devon

Hannah Hill

More Positive Me CIC

Exeter, Devon

Charlotte Gibbens


Truro, Cornwall

Maddie Holland

Educated Recruitment

Newton Abbot, Devon

The Women in Property & Construction Award - sponsored by Ian Williams



Glayne Price

LHC Design

Plymouth, Devon

Emily Drake

Tusker Industrial Safety

Plymouth, Devon

Emma Sueref

Coreus Group

Exeter, Devon

Poppy Jakes

Poppy Jakes Photography

Torquay, Devon

The Phoenix Award - sponsored by Michael Spiers Jewellers



Kerry Whincup

Cornwall Council

Par, Cornwall

Jan Ford

The Loving Abductor

Truro, Cornwall

Nicci Simpson

Devon Eco Boutique

Ottery St Mary, Devon

The Inspirational Leader Award - sponsored by the Franchise Consultant



Emily Tisshaw

Georgia's Voice

Newquay, Cornwall

Sherilee Green

Empower Core Programs

Plymouth, Devon

Barbara Kaczorowska

Neighbourhood Care

Burnham on Sea, Somerset

Sarah Jane Williamson

Mare and Foal Sanctuary

Newton Abbot, Devon

The Diversity and Equality Award - sponsored by Plymouth City Council The Plymouth Charter



Carrie Laws

The Family Law Company

Exeter, Devon

Dina Holder

The Women's Centre Cornwall

Bodmin, Cornwall

Purdy Giles

Purdy's Punjabi Cuisine CIC

Plymouth, Devon

The Best Supporting Act Award - sponsored by Genius PR and Events



Lyn Paxman


Wellington, Somerset

Sherilee Green

Empower Core Programs CIC

Plymouth, Devon

Dawn Dines

Stamp Out Spiking

Exeter, Devon

Nikita Dixon

Story Sense

Paignton, Devon

The Women in Sport Award - Judged by Wollens



Emilie Perring

Plymouth Cheerleaders

Saltash, Cornwall

Rebecca McWass


Plymouth, Devon

Sally Orange


Somerton, Somerset

The Women in Arts & Culture Award - Judged by Crowdfunder



Jacqueline Slade


Plymouth, Devon

Selina Keedwell

Somerset Youth Theatre CIC

Taunton, Somerset

Ellen Coulton

The Groovement Project

Plymouth, Devon

The Women in Food & Drink Award - sponsored by Ocean View Bar and Dining.



Randa Abdullah Hucker

Hullabaloos Lemonade

Axbridge, Somerset

Beth Ashfield and Andrea Broadhurst

Coldharbour Field Kitchen

Ottery St Mary, Devon

Maddie Beaumont

The Cotley Inn

Chard, Somerset