West Country Women Awards winners

Pic credit: Steven Haywood

More than 300 guests attended the inaugural West Country Women Awards held in Plymouth last week.

The awards celebrate and recognise women from cross the peninsular in all walks of life from women in health to women in sport, combatting violence against women and girls to green business of the year and more.

Hosts for the evening’s celebrations were Alexis Bowater OBE and Tess Stuber, co-founders of the West Country Women Awards.

Bowater said: “I have run women in business networks and awards here in the south west for ten years now. The last were just for business but this time we decided to make it about everybody’s business. So, we introduced new categories, hoping to encompass and reflect more of our lives, in and out of the office.”

In total, there were more than 1,000 nominations across Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and Dorset. And among the 16 winners, were a number of women from Cornwall, including Olivia Smedley from Goonhilly Earth Station who won the Women in STEM category, and Peaky Digital director, Natalie Crouch, who triumphed in the Employer of the Year category.

Full list of winners

Women in STEM

Green Business Award

Combatting Violence Against Women & Girls

Inspirational Leader

Woman in Tech

Employer of the Year

Women in Sport

Employee of the Year

Woman in Health

The Phoenix Award

Best Supporting Act 

Small Business of the Year

Women in Construction & Property

Entrepreneur of the Year

Diversity and Equality