Held in the historic surroundings of the Waldorf Hotel in central London, the 13th Annual PRECIOUS Awards saw some of the most inspiring women of colour in the UK awarded for their enterprise and leadership.
The diverse range of finalists included two university friends who founded a natural hair brand that was the first afro range to be stocked in Whole Foods UK, an innovative app aimed at women who want to take control of their finances, and an inspirational board leader stationed at Cranfield University. Each winner reflecting excellence from across a range of sectors from hair, art, networking, crafting, and finance.
The event was hosted by leading life and business coach Rasheed Ogunlaru and columnist and blogger Lisa Bent and began with a keynote from the PRECIOUS Entrepreneur of the Year 2018, Roni Savage, founder of engineering firm Jomas Associates.
Roni spoke candidly about her journey of growing her business from her kitchen table to a million-pound enterprise, her plans for further growth and balancing it all while being a mum to three young boys.
PRECIOUS Awards founder, Foluke Akinlose MBE said:
“Huge congratulations to all our winners. I am once again blown away by the talent and determination that exists among women of colour in the UK.”
So often our stories, brands, and products are overlooked. It’s an honour to champion these achievements and share these wonderfully rich, success stories. As we navigate these challenging times of uncertainty, in the UK, I am encouraged by them all.”
And the winners for the PRECIOUS Awards 2019 are…
Start-up Business of the Year sponsored by the BIPC
Creative Business of the Year
Idioblast Dynamic Development
The Young Entrepreneur of the Year
Kike Oniwinde | BYP Network
Social Entrepreneur of the Year sponsored by UnLtd
Kisha Bradley | Bright Box Makerspace
The Oustanding Woman In Sport
Outstanding Woman in Professional Services sponsored by BAME Recruitment
Outstanding Woman in Business and Finance
Sophia Lanre Aluko | Barclays
The Outstanding Woman in STEM sponsored by the Ilesha Trust
The Nurole Inspiring Board Leader of the Year
The SME Business of the Year
The Entrepreneurs of the Year – The Judges prize
Joycelyn Mate and Racheal Corson