Local mum wins Venus Award for Bishopston Mum and Bristol Mum websites

bishopston-mum-twitterLocal mum and business woman, Hilary Douglas-Smith, recently won an award for her websites Bishopston Mum and Bristol Mum.

The mum of two was the winner of the Online and Technology Category in the Bristol and Somerset Venus Awards, set up in 2009 to formally recognise business women across the UK. The Bristol Royal Marriot was host to the Venus Awards Ceremony and the evening was a glamorous event, with awards co-presented by Tara Howard, founder of the Venus awards and Paulina Gillespie, DJ for the Bristol Heart Breakfast Show.

Hilary describes her feelings on winning her award:

“I am absolutely thrilled to have been awarded Best Online Business in the Online and Technology category. It is wonderful to have my business formally recognised and was an amazing surprise! Many thanks to the Venus Awards and to NatWest, who judged my category.”

Venus Award WinnerHilary – who is also a writer for Bishopston Matters – set up Bishopston Mum in November 2011 as a way of recording her children’s early years and to provide useful reviews of local facilities aimed at children and families in the local area for other local parents from a mums’ perspective.

Hilary explains: “I started Bishopston Mum because I knew my time with the kids while they were little was precious, yet was going so very fast. Therefore I wanted to have a record of our time together. But I also wanted to write something that would be useful to other parents in the area.”


Bishopston Mum took off and evolved into a successful business which covers information, articles and reviews on local preschools, primary and secondary schools, activities for babies and children of all ages, activities for mums, baby and toddler groups as well as local events.

bishmum-logoFollowing the popularity of Bishopston Mum and spurred on by its success, Hilary set up her second website ‘Bristol Mum’ in August 2013. Bristol Mum covers the same topics as Bishopston Mum but is relevant to parents all over Bristol. And just this month, Hilary set up her third website, Bradford on Avon Mum, which will be written and managed by close friend, Natasha Hayes.

Hilary explains:

“Through writing Bishopston Mum and Bristol Mum, I have gained friends, support, huge enjoyment and have made the wonderful discovery of a love of writing. Having my own business and being able to work flexibly around my children’s lives is the icing on the cake.”

Following her award, Hilary is now set to attend the National finals of the Venus Awards in January 2015, along with other winners from each region when they will come together to compete in several different categories.

Bishopston Matters wishes Hilary the very best of luck!

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