27th September 2018, Royal Horseguards Hotel, Westminister, London. THE PRECIOUS AWARDS 2018 | VISIBLE | The Twelfth Annual

The annual PRECIOUS Awards is the biggest event in the PRECIOUS calendar, now in its 12th year. We are passionate about recognising success in the workplace and inspiring women of colour to launch their own businesses.

Association with the PRECIOUS Awards is a powerful way to get stories of success heard, recognised and applauded. The Awards, growing in stature with each passing year, attracts an audience of the influential to the aspirational, across all sections of society from Theresa May, Nick Clegg, Baroness Amos to the thousands of dedicated and avid PRECIOUS fans, eager to celebrate inspiring women. Winners and finalists of PRECIOUS Awards stand out from the crowd; the distinction sends a resoundingly positive message to customers and attracts new business. The PRECIOUS Awards is supported by the wider business community, government and the press, and brings credibility and honour to all category nominees.

All entries are judged by a panel of top business people, thereby increasing the visibility of the nominee. PRECIOUS is proud to applaud and highlight the enterprise and innovation of women of colour, who rank among the brightest of stars contributing to contemporary UK plc.


Start-Up Business of the Year

This category recognises those women that have just started out on their entrepreneurial journey. Nominees in this category can be from any business sector and must have been in business for at least six months (trading for six months as at 1 June 2017).

The SME Business of the Year

This category is open to any business formed or operated by a woman of colour. The business needs to be able to show at least one-year’s set of accounts and should have a turnover not exceeding £5m per annum. Judges will look for evidence of a well-managed business, a pattern of increase in turnover, and a clear brand identity.

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 Leadership Award

This award will go to a woman of colour who has a leadership role within the workplace. Nominees will have experience of leading 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 Outstanding Woman in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths

The award is open to women of colour working in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). Applications are welcomed from individuals from these disciplines who have a clearly defined career path, and who, by endeavouring to be exceptional, have achieved outstanding success in their career to date.

The Creative Business of the Year

This award is for a creative business owned by a woman of colour and based in the creative sector (PR, design, TV, music advertising or marketing.) The business must have been trading for at least 18 months.Entrants must also demonstrate a considered approach to financial achievement and future business success.

The Outstanding Woman in the Public Sector

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

The Outstanding Woman in Banking and Finance

This award celebrates top talent in the banking and finance industry. The award will go to a woman of colour who has demonstrated leadership, innovative thinking or community service in this sector. Nominations are welcome from the following: accountancy and finance sectors – this covers employees in: audit, tax and accountancy businesses; sectors that perform financial functions in relevant departments (such as treasury) of other businesses or not-for-profits; banking and building societies; financial planning; insurance, investments and pensions.

The Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Open to entrepreneurs aged 29 and under. 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 Outstanding Woman in Professional Services

The award is open to women working in the professional services sector. Applications are welcomed from individuals from all areas of this sector in particular those that have a clearly defined career path and who through their exceptional endeavour, have achieved outstanding success in their career to date.

The Outstanding Woman in Sport

The Outstanding Woman in Sport Award recognises women who have created a positive change for women in sport. Applications are welcomed from individuals from all disciplines of the sporting world, this includes athletes and those women that work behind the scenes in any sporting discipline.


The PRECIOUS Awards, founded in 2007 to celebrate and applaud the professional achievements of women of colour in the UK, has a dynamic, passionate, grassroots following, this is down to a decade of bringing brilliant, often media-marginalised, women of colour into the spotlight.

The Awards celebrate the best of British, recognising exceptional determination, innovation, entrepreneurial skills and talent across multiple categories. Consequently, the Awards have prompted successive UK Prime Ministers, and leading political voices from across the political spectrum, to passionately proclaim their support and admiration.

David Cameron while UK PM described the Awards as “vital” and in January 2017 UK PM Theresa May said:

“These awards are a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the substantial contribution of Black and Asian female entrepreneurs. I am pleased to know of the support you give to women of colour in the business and work environment, and your work to create and celebrate vital role models through your awards.”

Many of our previous winners have gone on to further success after picking up a PRECIOUS Award, Bianca Miller; our Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2014, has gone on to hack into the fashion sector with her redefining nude brand of tights. Our Entrepreneur of the Year 2010 Geeta Sidhu, founder of organic food delivery Nosh Detox, has gone on to build a million pound turnover business. Looking to the future and conscious of the impact of the Awards in creating role models, Foluke Akinlose MBE, founder, expanded the Awards in 2015 to encompass The PRECIOUS GIRLS Awards profiling the achievement of girls aged 10-15.


For over 170 years, Vlisco has been at the heart of the African Woman’s story; the motifs of its fabrics playing a central role in conveying their hopes, fears, aspirations and victories. Vlisco fabrics are works of art in their own right and as art inspires even more creativity, Vlisco remains inspired by the creativity of women of colour in the UK, across various sectors who are creatively making their mark on the world. Vlisco believes in supporting the strength and beauty of women and the brand upholds partnerships that seek to further influence culture towards living this value system as a reality. Hence, Vlisco is proud to be associated with the Precious Awards!

Since 2007, the Precious Awards have celebrated the achievements of women of colour in the UK, telling their stories in an impactful and colourful way. Vlisco’s partnership with the Precious Awards for the Creative Business of the Year Award is therefore well placed as the brand continues to support and contribute in diverse ways to the empowerment of women be it in the arts, fashion and the business world on the continent and globally. We look forward to being inspired!

Santander is committed to helping our customers prosper by working with them to take advantage of new opportunities and plan for the future. We’re passionate about helping ambitious businesses to succeed. Building long-lasting relationships with SMEs runs deep in our heritage. We’ve come to know and understand the needs of our customers, which has helped us to appreciate the challenges they face and the support they need to overcome them.

Santander Breakthrough has championed the cause of Women Business Leaders from the inception of the programme in 2011. By engaging with partners like Cause4, Enterprising Women, and for the first time last year with Precious, the Breakthrough programme supports female entrepreneurs through facilitating Business education programmes, Mentor schemes for Women Business Leaders, and bespoke events. All activity is aimed at providing Women Business Leaders with the support of, discussions with and access to high profile, successful business women who can help them transform their business. www.santandercb.co.uk/breakthrough

Business & IP Centre was launched in 2006 with the aim to support businesses, entrepreneurs and inventors grow their organisations across a range of industries. Providing small business advice, support and resources the Centre has been used by more than 350,000 individuals, a number that increases alongside our offering of business support. The success is partly due to the free business resources available to anyone who wants to use the comprehensive collection of databases and publications, as well as a great number of workshops, advice sessions and other events. www.bl.uk/bipc

The Ilesha Charitable Trust is a private family trust that makes on-going and impact donations to Science, Technology & Diversity initiatives & causes. @IleshaTrust

For More Sponsorship Opportunities:

To enquire about sponsorship opportunities contact: Foluke Akinlose MBE: foluke@preciousawards.com 07950 814 371


Press enquiries contact: Ruth Cairns: ruth@featherstonecairns.com

Enquiries regarding the nomination process contact the Awards team: awards@preciousawards.com

General enquiries: info@preciousawards.com

Connect with us online: @PRECIOUS_Awards | www.facebook.com/preciousawards/

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