Finding the Female Factor at the Venus Awards Portsmouth 2016 Semi-Finalists Announcement

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Over 70 guests from all corners of Portsmouth and the PO postal code region were welcomed to the Peter Cooper Motor Group’s city showroom to attend the announcement of this year’s Semi-Finalists in the Portsmouth Venus Awards.
The response to this year’s Awards has exceeded all expectations with 1,100 nominations and applications received in one or more of the 14 categories – two of which are voted for by the public. Semi-Finalists will be invited to the Finalists Announcement at the Langstone Hotel on Tuesday 22nd March, 2016. Associate Sponsor Peter Cooper Motor Group continues to support the Awards into a third consecutive year.

Lisa Beale, Head of, said of their on-going support, "The awards are very uplifting for women and acknowledge them in a way they are normally not noticed.”

Kim Way, Owner & Managing Director of Changes Clinic of Excellence Ltd who are sponsoring the Inspirational Woman Award, said of their involvement, “It is fantastic to celebrate women from all backgrounds and to understand the challenges they face from both business and juggling families whilst achieving their goals. I am really proud to be a judge/sponsor for the Inspirational Woman category which received an incredible 62 applicants; it was a really hard decision to narrow it down as there were some amazing stories. I would love all of them to be winners.”

Heart FM is sponsoring the ever-popular public vote category of Business Mother of the Year. This year’s Charity Sponsor is Global Make Some Noise whose aim is to help transform young people’s lives.

The Venus journey will culminate in a glamorous Ceremony and Gala Dinner to be held at Friday 6th May 2016 at The Pyramids.

The Semi-Finalists are:
NatWest New Business of the Year
Maxine Fitzgerald – Armour Recruitment
Becky Lodge – Little Kanga
Isobel Nancarrow – Nancarrow Partnerships
Katrina Willis – Beautiful Bells
Samantha Worsey – Southsea Bathing Hut

Changes Clinic Inspirational Woman of the Year
Lisa Baldock – Hearing dogs for deaf people
Emma Hine – Beat the Bullies
Adel Kaseke – Curvyswan
Tricia Lyons – Marvels and Meltdowns
Charlies Reilly – The Reilly Enterprise Ltd

Peter Cooper Motor Group Influential Woman of the Year
Shandrika Day – Marvels and Meltdowns
Jenny Docherty – Jenny Docherty
Annette Du Bois – CHAMPS Academy
Lynne Vinton – Portsmouth Military Wives Choir
Emily Warne - Headromance

Shirlaws Lifetime Achievement Award
Sharon Bannister – Shazbaz Designs
Sue Beckett – Portsmouth Music Hub
Lizz Clarke – LCM
Karen Font-Garcia - Karen Font-Garcia
Maggie Sawkins – Tongues&Grooves

Portsmouth Business School Small Business of the Year
Annette Du Bois – CHAMPS Academy
Kelly Louise Jordan – Charmaine of Southsea
Joanne Martin – Creative Clique
Katie Fairhall- Katie Bakes
Lesley Weatherson – Lipspeaker UK

SMART Accountancy Entrepreneur of the Year
Emily Warne – Headromance
Lesley Weatherson – Lipspeaker UK
Abbie Curtis – Amoir Camaira
Maxine Fitzgerald –Amour Recruitment
Emma Weatherstone – Live Well Coaching

Checkaprofessional Professional/Corporate of the Year
Charlotte Briere-Edney – That’s Solent
Liza Gatrell – Biscoes Law Ltd
Zara Hogg – Wilkins Kennedy LLP
Amber Leigh Mitchell – Abstract Dance & Performing Arts
Naomi O’Hara – Naomi O’Hara Permanent Cosmetics

Business of the Year
Joanne Barry – Platinum Care Solutions
Joanne Bushell – Aspex Visual Arts Trust
Jo Littler – Rare Moments Photography Ltd
Debora Parsons – Coffee Cup Portsmouth Ltd
Kelly Shaw – k:Spa

Director of the Year
Joanne Barry – Platinum Care Solutions
Stephanie Bellchambers – Biscoes Law Ltd
Catherine Carley – Parade Community Preschool
Maureen Frost – Hampshire Chamber of Commerce
Rhoda Joseph – Cascades Shopping Centre


Theatre enters stage right – for a diploma with a difference

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NTRPortsmouth’s New Theatre Royal features in a joint collaboration with the city’s Highbury College in another first for the area.
The exciting new partnership will see students learning all about working backstage in a real theatre environment as part of a new diploma being launched by the College in September.

Highbury’s Emma Patchett explained that the University of Arts London Performance and Production Diploma focuses on backstage skills with a performance element. “Many of the jobs in the industry now require backstage skills and, as always, we want to make our students as employable as possible so we’re delighted to be able to offer the fantastic opportunity of working with the New Theatre Royal, which will be an amazing experience for them,” she said.

“We’re the only college in the area to offer this type of performing arts qualification and the only one to collaborate with a theatre so it’s great news all round.”

Students will be spending up to one day a week at the New Theatre Royal and the rest of the week at Highbury Campus.
At the end of the two-year programme they will gain the equivalent of three A Levels so they can progress to university, an apprenticeship or directly into the industry.

The first group of hopefuls have already taken part in a series of auditions and workshops at the New Theatre Royal with the aim of securing their places on the course.

“It went really well and we had some very good feedback,” added Emma. “The students really like the idea of learning performance AND backstage skills, and we’re extremely pleased that the New Theatre Royal team were so keen to work with us in developing new, local talent.”

Caroline Sharman, the Theatre’s Artistic Director and CEO, said: “This is an exciting opportunity for us as it chimes perfectly with our ambitions to be a learning theatre and offer support for local people to develop backstage skills’.


Become a British Cycling Ride Leader

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British Cycling is on the hunt for new Ride Leaders to help inspire more people in Portsmouth to get on their bikes and start cycling for fun.

Portsmouth City Council are working in partnership with British Cycling to once again offer a programme of free guided rides throughout the summer, which are led by trained British Cycling ride leaders.  If you love cycling recreationally and want to support others to get riding, you could apply to become a ride leader and lead group bike rides that start and finish in the city.    

Successful applicants will be invited to take part in a free, one day course on Saturday 12 March at the Mountbatten Centre, Portsmouth.  This qualifies you to deliver guided bike rides for groups of beginner and intermediate level adults and accompanied children on roads and cycle paths.  Ride Leaders receive free kit and British Cycling Ride membership.

British Cycling welcomes all kinds of cyclists – as long as you have heaps of enthusiasm and you’re happy to support beginner bike riders and families. There’s no need to be a cycling expert or competitive racer, just be confident riding in a group and have a good level of cycling fitness.

David Bourque, British Cycling’s Director of Recreation and Partnerships, said: "Our dedicated Ride Leaders are at the heart of our recreational cycling programmes. Their knowledge, experience and passion is what inspires so many people to take up and progress in the sport."

Councillor Ken Ellcome, Portsmouth City Council's cabinet member for traffic and transportation, said: "We want to encourage more people to cycle in Portsmouth.  By holding regular free group bike rides in the city it really helps to get people on their bikes and build their confidence on the road.    This is a great opportunity for residents who are passionate about cycling to qualify as a British Cycling Ride Leader free of charge and then lead even more rides for local residents to take part in this year."

If you’re interested in becoming a British Cycling Ride Leader, visit or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to find out more.


PCC Update from Cllr Donna Jones [INTERVIEW]

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Donna Jones, Leader of Portsmouth City Council, gives an update of forthcoming events, policies and progress that will be of interest to Shaping the Future of Portsmouth members:


Unloc Takes Portsmouth College Students to TheSEC2016

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On the 21st of February 2016, Unloc is taking nine Portsmouth College students up to the UCL in London to take part in the Student Enterprise Conference.

The conference is the biggest of its kind in Europe and brings together students from up and down the country, exposing students to like-minded individuals and opportunities around every corner. It will be a great chance for students to take part in workshops, attend talks and meet with some big names in business. There are workshops and talks from the likes of Microsoft, Google and this years Varsity Pitch winners as well as many, many more.

Having attended last year (and going this year), Reece Matthews, a student at Portsmouth College said the following about the event "TheSEC is a great opportunity for any student in college or University to network, spread their own business idea or gain inspiration from others. If you are even slightly interested in business, it’s definitley worth attending."

Unloc will be covering the event throughout the weekend on our social media accounts:

You can also find out more about the whole event here:

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