A West Dorset Business Woman added to her trophy collection after success at another awards event.

Dawn Crossingham was the winner of the Venus Awards 2018 category, Networker of the Year.

Dawn won the Venus Awards regional finals in Dorset for Networker of the Year in December, and has since been crowned the UK's top adviser in finance and funding in the top 50 business advisors in the UK competition, run by Enterprise Nation, in March.

Dawn, who runs D52ltd, which started in 2013, covers Lyme Regis, Bridport, Swanage, Sherborne, Sturminster Newton, Dorchester, Weymouth and Portland.

On winning the award, Dawn said: "As a Dorset-based business to win another national award has not only been overwhelming, but humbling.

"I want to thank Tara Howard from Venus for championing women in business and for awarding me as a national winner.

"The experience has been amazing since I was nominated in the regionals last year and has catapulted my business advisory service to greater heights with larger national clients.

"I do want to encourage Dorset based businesses to grab the opportunity to apply for awards such as Venus, thus recognising the contribution we all make to the local economy."

The awards. which were set-up in Dorset in 2009, aim to celebrate the vital contribution that women in business make to local, regional and national economy, and are unique in that anyone can nominate a friend, client or family member.

More than 90 finalists, supporters and guests attended the daytime event.

Tara Howard, Venus Awards founder, compered the event and a representative of each category sponsor presented the awards.

Tara said: "I'd like to add a personal thank you to each of our awesome awards sponsors, many of whom keep supporting us year after year.

"Their generosity makes the Venus Awards possible.

"It's so heartening to see that more and more businesses of all sizes recognise the contribution that woman can and do make to the success of business in the UK."

The 25 award categories covered a diverse range of business activities where women make a massive contribution, including Business Mother of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year, Executive PA of the Year and Inspiring Woman of the Year.

The Venus Awards are an annual rolling programme, with nominations already being accepted for several regional finals.