The Award Categories

The SME Business of the Year

This category is open to any business formed or operated by a woman of colour, or which serves the interests of women of colour. The business needs to be able to show at least one-years set of accounts and should have a turnover not exceeding £5m per annum. Judges will look for a business being well-run, a pattern of increase in turnover, a clear brand identity and which would serve as an inspiration to others.

The Young Entrepreneur of the Year

This award is open to any individual woman of colour aged 16-25 years that has launched her own business idea and who has identified a gap in the market. Judges will consider the journey undertaken by the entrepreneur from concept to reality, the barriers that were overcome, the determination and passion behind the business, and the results. Judges will also consider the business model, the product/service and the aspirations of the business.

The Entrepreneur of the Year

This award is open to any individual woman of colour that has launched her own business idea and who has identified a gap in the market. Judges will consider the journey undertaken by the entrepreneur from concept to reality, the barriers that were overcome, the determination and passion behind the business, and the results. Judges will also consider the business model, the product/service and the aspirations of the business.

The Social Enterprise of the Year Award

This award is open to any social enterprise operated or owned by a woman of colour. Judges will look at the impact the business is having on the local or wider community and consider the cause that the enterprise is supporting. Applications in this category should be supported by evidence of the benefit that the enterprise has achieved for its target market.

The Outstanding Leader Award

This award is open to any woman of colour who has a leadership role within the workplace. Leadership could be of a team of people, a department, function or management, where autonomous decisions are made and where responsibility lies. Judges will look for examples of strong leadership; a personable approach to those affected by the decisions of the leader, and will consider the views of colleagues of the leader in terms of inspiration, leadership style and outcomes.

The PRECIOUS Rising Star of the Year

This award is for any organisation to nominate the woman of colour that they are most confident is a Rising Star of their organisation. Nominations should be supported by endorsements from senior people within the organisation and should include why the candidate is the Rising Star and what specific role they hold now in the organisation. Judges will look for exceptional endeavour, achievement of goals and future aspirations of the candidate.

The Outstanding Woman in Social Media

The award is open to any woman of colour working in or running a business using any of the channels associated with social media. Applications are welcomed from bloggers, online businesses, and others using social media to promote their business or enhance opportunities or awareness for women of colour. Judges will look for innovation, imagination and ingenuity in creating positive results.

The Outstanding Woman in Science, Engineering, Technology and Mathematics

The award is open to any woman of colour working in or running a business in Science, Engineering, Technology and Mathematics (STEM). Applications are welcomed from individuals from these disciplines that have a clearly defined career path or business plan, and who through their exceptional endeavour, have achieved outstanding success in their career to date.

The Outstanding Woman in the Creative Industries

The award is open to any woman of colour working in or running a business in the creative industries. Applications are welcomed from individuals from all disciplines of creative, that have a clearly defined career path or business plan, and who through their exceptional endeavour, have achieved outstanding success in their career to date.

The Outstanding Woman in Public Sector

The award is open to any woman of colour working in public sector. Applications are welcomed from individuals from all careers within the public sector, including but not limited to housing, healthcare, local authorities, services, education, who have a clearly defined career path and who through their exceptional endeavour, have achieved outstanding success in their career to date.

The Employer of the Year

This award is open to all organisations which clearly identify and support the needs and career aspirations of women of colour. The employer of the year may have a broad strategic approach to the promotion of women or it may be a more personable approach which serves to open up opportunity. Judges will look for the organisation to be open, have transparent policies, support equal opportunities, have a strong employee engagement programme and a clearly defined internal communications process

The Best Diversity Programme

This award is open to all organisations that have a clearly defined and well-articulated diversity programme which considers and benefits women of colour in the workplace as part of its wider mission. Judges will look for the most comprehensive programme which is supported by results and outcomes, and that shows evidence of clear examples of wider inclusion and improved diversity measures within the organisation as a result of the programme.

The Best Career Progression Programme

This award is open to the organisation which has the most comprehensive career progression programme which supports women of colour in the workplace. Judges will look for a clear structure, accessibility, equal opportunity and a multi-tiered approach to the career progression across the various management levels. Judges will also look for evidence within the organisation of examples of career progression of women of colour

The PRECIOUS Man of the Year

This award is presented to the individual Man of the Year as voted for by readers of PRECIOUS Online, media partner to the PRECIOUS Awards. Nominees are selected for their achievements in the community, business, media or sport and who support the aspirations of women of colour in the business community.