The PRECIOUS Awards were founded in 2007 by Foluke Akinlose MBE to recognise and support women of colour in the business and work environment and create role models for future generations to follow.

Foluke akinlose

Now in its eighth year, the PRECIOUS Awards have been instrumental in informing the business community, and driving change. More opportunity for career progression exists for women of colour, and more role models are created annually, inspiring the current and next generation of women to aspire to achieve business success, either through their own businesses or in the workplace.

In recognition of this evolution in the business community The PRECIOUS Awards are now able to recognise those organisations that are pushing the boundaries, and that are supporting the needs and aspirations of women of colour in the business environment, as well as retaining its roots of recognising individual women and creating even more role models.

This year The PRECIOUS Awards is reflecting the wider opportunities available to women and also the organisations that are enabling these new opportunities.
The categories for the 2014 Awards cover 13 key strategic areas which capture examples of excellent entrepreneurial and leadership endeavour from individuals, and progressive thinking from organisations.

The PRECIOUS Awards 2014 winners will be announced at a gala ceremony in October in London.