The PRECIOUS Awards was founded by Foluke Akinlose MBE 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.
"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 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