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WINNERS ANNOUNCED!

We are delighted to announce our winners for this year's PRECIOUS Awards. Winners include:

Sadia Sisay and Sumana Mukhopadhyay - Being U

and

Rioch Edwards-Brown - So You Wanna Be In TV?

Please see details below.

David Cameron

"I am delighted once again to give my support to the Precious Awards and to congratulate those who use their talent and initiative to start a business. Your awards will help to create great role models for others to follow.  This is vital work and you have my full support. "

David Cameron UK PM

Full messages below.

Amazing venue

The PRECIOUS Awards 2011 took place on the afternoon of 27 October at the beautiful St Pancras Renaissance London Hotel. The event is a fantastic opportunity for attendees to make new contacts and develop their network with over 250 guests from the business, political and public communities.

SOLD OUT!

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: INDIA GARY MARTIN, MANAGING DIRECTOR, JP MORGAN Guests Include: EDDIE NESTOR, BBC BROADCASTER, EDNA AGBARHA, STAR OF THE APPRENTICE. Champagne reception and sumptuous afternoon tea to celebrate the best in British business and success.

Chuka Umunna


Welcome to The PRECIOUS AWARDS 2011!

Supported by :
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The PRECIOUS Awards was founded to celebrate the achievements of inspirational entrepreneurial women of colour who are running businesses in the UK.

The Awards are passionate about recognizing success and inspiring other women of colour to launch their own business.
The PRECIOUS Awards are an opportunity to recognise and celebrate those women of colour in business and leadership, who demonstrate exceptional determination, innovation and entrepreneurial skills and talent.

The PRECIOUS Awards are amongst the most prestigious awards in the UK. Being shortlisted or winning an award can bring significant benefits, including prestige, media coverage, a boost for sales and marketing and staff morale. All entries are judged by a panel of top business people, thereby increasing the visibility of your business. We are proud to applaud and highlight enterprise and innovation amongst some of the brightest stars contributing to UK plc.

 

Precious Awards 2011 Message from David Cameron..

"I am delighted once again to give my support to the Precious Awards and to congratulate those who use their talent and initiative to start a business. Your awards will help to create great role models for others to follow.  This is vital work and you have my full support.
 
This event, now in its 5th year, continues to celebrate the contribution that Black and Asian female entrepreneurs make to the UK economy and I hope that this continues and grows in the future.
 
Congratulations to all the finalists and all those involved in organising, supporting and participating in this prestigious event."

David Cameron | UK Prime Minister

Message from Nick Clegg..

"Message of support for Precious Awards 2011

I am delighted to have the opportunity to offer my warmest congratulations to all the nominees at this year’s Precious Awards.

The awards do a great job in promoting the important role that entrepreneurism plays in stimulating our economy and creating jobs. The winners also provide priceless inspiration to the next generation of female entrepreneurs and business women.

The rich variety of roles covered by this year's nominees shows that Black and Asian women are making a big impact across all sectors of our economy and the Precious Awards gives us an important opportunity to recognise this contribution.

I wish to extend my best wishes to everyone involved in this year’s awards. I hope the awards themselves continue to recognise the role played by Black and Asian women in business for many years to come."

Nick Clegg MP

Leader of the Liberal Democrats and Deputy Prime Minister

 

 


Nominations open...Thursday 30th June

Nominations close.. Friday 2 September

Online voting starts... Monday 4 July

Shortlist announced...Thursday 8 September

Ceremony...Thursday 27 October



WINNERS ANNOUNCED:

BUSINESS >

Start-Up Business of the Year

WINNER: Sadia Sisay and Sumana Mukhopadhyay - Being U - www.beingu.me

Finalists:

Nayab Hussain - Nayab Hussain - www.nayabhussain.co.uk

Denise Rawls - Strange Fruit - ilovestrangefruit.com

 

Social Enterprise Business of the Year

WINNER: Rioch Edwards-Brown - So You Wanna Be In TV? www.soyouwannabeintv.com

 

Finalists

Lauren Craig - Thinking Flowers - www.thinkingflowers.org.uk

Camille Johnson - Pink Ribbon Lingerie - www.pinkribbonlingerie.co.uk

Sabrina Ben Salmi - The Mobile Single Parents Project - www.tmspp.org


Best Business

WINNER: Lotwina Farodoye - Be Fruity - www.befruity.com

 

Finalists:

Farida Gibbs - Gibbs33 - www.gibbs-s3.com

Kemi Lanyan - Corporate Homes - www.corporatehomes.co.uk

Young Entrepreneur of the Year

WINNER: Lauren Craig - Thinking Flowers- www.thinkingflowers.org.uk

 

Finalists:

Careeta Robert-Green – Born With a Gift - www.bornwithagift.com

Nayab Hussain - Nayab Hussain - www.nayabhussain.co.uk

 

Mentor of the year

WINNER: Professor Laura Serrant-Green - Director of Research and Enterprise, Centre for Health and Social Care Improvement - University of Wolverhampton

 

Finalists:

Sue Liburd - Founder - Sage Blue

Atiti Sosimi - CEO - Distinctly Different

Christine Lawrence - Women in Banking and Finance.

Inspiring Leadership within the Workplace

WINNER: Ronke Lawal - Chief Executive - Islington Chamber of Commerce

 

Finalists:

Marsha Taylor Daniel - Senior Manager- UK Market Place Development - American Express

Barbara Soetan - Chief Executive - Elevation Networks

 

The Hidden Gem Award

sponsored by RBS
Camille Johnson - Pink Ribbon Lingerie - www.pinkribbonlingerie.co.uk

 

The PRECIOUS Entrepreneurs of the Year 2011

Sadia Sisay and Sumana Mukhopadhyay - Being U - www.beingu.me

 


LIFESTYLE >

The PRECIOUS Blogger of the Year

WINNER:The Musings of Ondo Lady - www.ondolady.com

Finalists:
Afroboudoir - afroboudoir.blogspot.com/
Iamthenublack - www.iamthenublack.com

 

The PRECIOUS Man of the Year

WINNER: Chuka Umunna, MP, Shadow Minister for Business, Innovation and Skills

Finalists:

Tinie Tempah
Idris Elba

 

Beauty Brand of the Year

WINNER: Sleek

Finalists:
MAC
YSL

 

The PRECIOUS Hair Brand of the Year

WINNER: Mizani

Finalists:

Organic Root Stimulator
KeraCare

 

The PRECIOUS Digital Romance Award

WINNER: iPad2

Finalists:
Blackberry Bold
iphone 4

 


PAST WINNER: Bunmi Koko, featured in the Precious Awards 2011 promotions, is the Winner of the Precious Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2010 Award. Bunmi Koko is an emerging luxury fashion and lifestyle brand in London with Scottish/Nigerian Heritage that specialise in ready to wear and couture garments for bridal and evening wear. The mix of art and fashion is key to the brands philosophy and all products and services aim to have the company slogan ingrained in them, which is ‘Luxuria, Art, Elegans’ (luxury, art, elegance).

 

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