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Winners Announced of the 11th Annual PRECIOUS Awards

“It is essential for our society that no matter what your gender or background is, you have a chance of succeeding in the UK. These awards are a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the substantial contribution of Black and Asian entrepreneurs.’ The Right Hon Theresa May MP, UK Prime Minister

The winners of the 11th PRECIOUS Awards 2017 have been announced at a glittering awards ceremony that took place at the Waldorf Hotel, London.

Launched in 2007 The PRECIOUS Awards (www.preciousawards.com) place a spotlight on a group of women whose successes have been underrepresented by wider society so far. They were founded by Foluke Akinlose MBE in 2006 to recognise and support women of colour in the business and work environment and create role models for future generations to follow.

The awards provide a platform to celebrate the achievements of outstanding female talent across industries. Since their launch, they have been instrumental in informing the business community and driving change around issues of diversity and female entrepreneurial and leadership talent.


Foluke Akinlose MBE, founder of the PRECIOUS Awards says:

“It’s an honour and privilege to acknowledge and celebrate the significant contribution that women of colour make to the British economy. PRECIOUS roots itself in celebrating the achievements of real women, those who may otherwise go unacknowledged. I think everyone benefits from knowing of these role models.“

And the winners are…

The Outstanding Woman in STEM sponsored by The Ilesha Trust

Shalom Lloyd | Chief of Staff/ a.i Global Head Scientific Sourcing Business Intelligence | Roche Products Ltd |

The Leadership Award         

Sharleene Bibbings | Senior Policy Advisor | UK Export Finance |

The Creative Business of the Year   

Nizz Cosmetics |  www.nizzcosmetics.co.uk | Founder Charlene Laville

The Young Entrepreneur of the Year         

Lois and Michela Wilson | Saint Aymes | www.saintaymes.com

The Social Enterprise of the Year Award   

Let us Learn | www.you-make-it.org | Asma Shah

The SME Business of the Year  sponsored by Santander

DiVA | www.divaapprenticeships.com   | Founder Arit Eminue

Start-Up Business of the Year  sponsored by The BIPC        

23 Code Street | Founder Anisah Osman Britton

The Outstanding Woman in the Public Sector sponsored by BAME Recruitment

Monique Carayol | Director of Transformation |  Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare NHS Trust

The Outstanding Woman in Professional Services sponsored by Reed Smith

Paulette Mastin  | Counsel | Linklaters LLP                                                      

The Outstanding Woman in Banking and Finance

Morenike Ajayi | Assistant Director of Finance and Procurement at Origin Housing

The PRECIOUS Entrepreneur of the Year

Arit Eminue



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