This November, the achievements of women of colour are being celebrated by a newly launched awards ceremony.
The Precious Awards were set up in 2008 by Foluke Akinlose to celebrate the work of inspirational and entrepreneurial women of colour who are running their own businesses in the UK. The awards acknowledge their successes and encourage other women to take hold of their financial futures by launching their own businesses also.
Before setting up the Precious organisation in 1999, Foluke worked as a journalist and editor across print and new media for companies such as ITN . This year she was named as one of the ‘top 100 ones to watch’ in the Courvoisier The Future 500, a network that celebrates the UK’s most innovative business brains and creative talent.
The categories for nomination are:
- Creative Business of the Year
- Online Business of the Year
- Start-Up Business of the Year
- Ethical Business of the Year
- Service Business of the Year
- Business of the Year
- Inspiring Leader within the Workplace
- Young Entrepreneur of The Year
- The Precious Entrepreneur of the Year
Imtaz Khaliq, the renowned fashion designer won the Precious Award for Best Creative Business in 2008. She says: “It (the award) means quite a lot because it means I have being recognised by people who have gone on the journey.” David Cameron concurred: “Last year’s awards made a lasting impression and it was great to hear the testimonies of those whose work was recognised.”
The Awards take place on Monday 16 November 2009 at Pearson plc, 80 The Strand, London WC2R 0RL.