Inspirational Women set to Shine at Awards Event

Inspirational Women set to Shine at Awards Event

The CEO of an online healthy food delivery business, a fashion designer who’s had tea with Nelson Mandela and the business development manager for Media Trust, are amongst some of the women announced as finalists in the 2010 Precious Awards.

The awards, which were launched to celebrate the achievements of inspirational women of colour in business and leadership, take place on November 8th 2010, at The British Library, the events headline sponsor.

Amongst those being honoured are women from the creative industries and social enterprise, with a new category introduced this year to honour the tremendous contribution that has been made by women of colour in the blogging community.

Finalist Lydia Frempong said: “Being nominated amongst these wonderful women is truly inspirational, to be recognised for my contributions to the workplace is the biggest honour.”

Foluke Akinlose MBE, founder of PRECIOUS said: “This is another fantastic line of women of colour doing great things in business and within the workplace. I’m really proud to celebrate their achievements.”

Since their launch in 2007, the Precious Awards have attracted support from David Cameron, Gordon Brown, Nick Clegg and Baroness Amos.

“Its always great to win any award but winning a PRECIOUS award was just that!.It has opened so many doors for me and really allowed me to gain much needed exposure for my business! It is also great to have been able to network with so many inspirational businesswomen of colour!”
Jessica Elliot, CEO, J’s Dance School, Winner of The Precious Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, 2009

Peter Holbrook, CEO of Social Enterprise Coalition said: “The Social Enterprise Coalition is delighted to be sponsoring the Social Enterprise Business of the Year award at this year’s Precious Awards. There are many inspiring Black and Asian female entrepreneurs running successful social enterprises across the UK and helping to make life better for their local community-our own Chair Claire Dove being just one example! I’d like to congratulate all the nominees on their fantastic achievement.”

Clare Harris, Business Engagement Manager, British Library said: "We are delighted to be hosting the Precious Awards 2010. The Library is passionate about supporting entrepreneurs in all their diversity; these awards give us a chance to celebrate the achievements of some truly inspirational women."

Tickets for the event; which takes place on Monday 8th November, 18:00- 21:30 at The British Library are available at:

The Precious Awards 2010 – The Finalists

Start-Up Up Business of the Year
Sonia Evelyn – Evelyn Products – htpp;//
Janet M Banks – Janet Mohapi-Banks –
Careeta Robert-Green – Born With A Gift – htpp://

Service Business of the Year
Diahanne Rhiney – 15 Degrees
Geeta Sidhu – Nosh Detox –
Jo Sealy To Market –

Creative Business of the Year
Nana Fosu – Fosuism
Geraldine Mattis – Geraldine Mattis Design –
Ola Amoako – Urbantopia –
Bunmi Olaye – Bunmi Koko Ltd –

Social Enterprise Business of the Year – sponsored by The Social Enterprise Coalition
Vanessa Sanyauke – The Rafiki Network –
Lauren Craig – Thinking Flowers –
Marcia Hutchinson – Primary Colours –

Leadership within the Workplace
Lydia Frempong – Business Development Manager- Media Trust –
Sonia Dixon MBE – Adult Library Services Co-ordinator – Walsall Libraries –
Farida Anderson MBE – Chief Executive – Partners of Prisoners –

Young Entrepreneur of the Year
Careeta Robert-Green
Bunmi Olaye
Lauren Craig

Blogger of the Year

Erica Rutherford – Harlem Loves –
Bim Adewunmi – Yoruba Girl Dancing –
Susan Younis – Punch Bowl Blog –
Alice Gbelia – Catch a Vibe –

Region: All
Start Date: 08/11/2010
End Date: 08/11/2010
Start Time: 18.00 to 21.30
Venue: The British Library
Venue Address: 96 Euston Rd
Press Tickets: Available
Sponsorship: Available
Press Tickets:
Name: Veronica Jones