The Waldorf Hotel, London
Abi Oyepitan, British sprint athlete
And the winners were…
The PRECIOUS Entrepreneur of the Year
Winner! Clare Eluka – CEO Premae Skincare – premaeskincare.com – @premae_clare
The PRECIOUS Start Up Business of the Year
Winner! Lenique Louis www.leniquelouis.com
From her studio in Holborn, London, Lenique Louis specializes in the art of Hand Carving Wax Technique. She is one of a very few individuals in Britain that specializes in this rare practice. Lenique is a ring specialist only creating exclusive intricate complex one of a kind statement rings using Gold, Silver , Platinum and Semi- Precious Stones and Pearls. Each ring is hand crafted through every step from design to the making up process, ensuring each product is personal, unique and original. Lenique has also undertaken internships with the oldest jewellers in the world, the Queen’s Jewellers, Garrard and Stephen Webster, enabling her to learn from master craftsmen to perfect her craft. Lenique’s designs combine complex shapes and texture to encapsulate the diversity of nature. Her ambition through her designs and creations is to leave each customer with statement bold rings, which are timeless, unique and captivating to look at. Her rings have now become sought-after statement pieces that sell in London and New York.
Ugonna Hosten, U gos Boutique
Amie Samba, Fun Run Starz
The PRECIOUS Best Social Enterprise
Joanna Abeyie Shine Media http://shinemediauk.wordpress.com/
Shine Media is a social enterprise business that specialises in training, development and recruitment for aspiring journalists. They provide support both emotionally and professionally for under-privileged young people between the ages of 18-25 years old. Shine pioneer projects within the industry and have been a key player in changing attitudes to diversity within the media industry.
Their services also include practical funding support for academic journalism training and work experience and apprenticeships schemes. Their media partners include the Professional Publishers association, Periodicals Training Council and all major media players including Pearson LTD, ITN, BBC magazines, Media Trust,
Shine Media is run by Joanna Abeyie with the help of a small team. A new fully interactive website with a key media partner is launching in December along with an entertainment website that will allow students to try their hand at professional journalism.
A very good company – Natalie Campbell
Urban Synergy – Leila Thomas
The PRECIOUS Young Entrepreneur of the Year
Amie Samba – Run Fun Starz – www.runfunstarz.co.uk
Run Fun Starz is an independent sports organisation Amie initially started and self-financed after graduating as a Sports Science student from University of East London in 2009. She decided to set up Run Fun Starz simply because growing up in Sweden she had always loved playing sports.
She played a lot of football when she moved to London, however, her participation reduced dramatically as she reached her teenage years. This was due to a number of reasons, including school work and peer pressure. Equally she never had the direction or opportunity of places to continue her enjoyment of structured sport. For a girl living in an inner city area, this disadvantage was heightened. Consequently she missed out on a critical stage in skill development and perhaps missed out on reaching her personal best. So she sought out to help others reach theirs.
Run Fun Starz designs and runs specialised sports programmes for schools, charities, events, businesses, families, adults, youth clubs and sports fans.
Carissa Abrahams – Lovely Notebooks
Clare Eluka – Premae Skincare
The PRECIOUS Mentor of the Year
Nadia Jones –
Nadia Jones works as a support manager for the London Youth Support Trust. LYST helps the young, unemployed aged 18-30 from less advantaged backgrounds achieve financial independence, through self-employment.
Nadia worked as a Business Manager and was a mentor for the Princes Trust for over eight years. In October 2011 she ran a pilot project with National Association and Counsel for Rehabilitation of Offenders (NACRO) in Lambeth where young men aged 16-21, excluded from school, at risk of offending or with an offending background took part in an 8 week basic creative skills project, introducing them to enterprise. This resulted in them displaying and selling their work at a showcase opened by the Mayor of Lambeth, attended by the local community and business people. This project is now under consideration for funding from external sources, targeting young people in Lambeth.
Jenny Garret – Reflexion Associates
Griselda Kumordzie Togobo
The PRECIOUS Best Business
Folayemi Olaitan –1st Court Recruitment- www.1stcrs.com
Launched in 2005, 1st CRT Recruitment is a fast growing dynamic recruitment & training consultancy that specializes in HR & Employment Consultancy and Training Consultancy. The company is now a leading provider of HR solutions for over 35 London and South East Local Authorities.
Under the umbrella of 1st Choice Recruitment and Training Group, Folayemi has also established 2 other subsidiaries to meet the needs of clients; a learning and development subsidiary set up to develop and deliver in-house training and coaching programs to organizations, teams and individuals and a contract cleaning service – for commercial premises and schools.
Toks Aruoture – Punkin Patch Interiors – www.punkinpatch.co.uk
Olive Properties – Christeen Wilson
The PRECIOUS Woman in Public Life
Winner! Charlene White – Broadcaster
Charlene is a presenter and journalist for ITV News and ITV London. She has previously worked right across the BBC including 1Xtra, Radio 1, BBC News 24, Radio 5 Live, BBC3 and BBC London. Charlene regularly mentors young people, and has volunteered at several community radio stations, schools and colleges to help them with media training.
She is a member of the Diversity Panel at ITV News and regularly participates in events for the Cultural Diversity Network. She has done work in pupil referral units, with young fathers, worked on films with young people on estates in London and Birmingham and given many talks in schools and colleges across the [email protected]
The PRECIOUS Leadership Award
Winner! Marsha Jones – Matron, Newham University NHS Trust @JonesAko
Marsha Jones is one of the youngest Matrons working in postnatal care at Barts Health and one of the few women of colour to hold this role.
Marsha has inspired her colleagues and senior management going above and beyond her role to successfully deliver a number of key projects to improve patient safety and develop the leadership capabilities of her ward team. She is a pro-active go getter with a deep sense of commitment for the well-being of women on her ward, whilst also having the tenacity to forward plan for the future challenges that lie ahead.
Marsha recently shared more of expertise with her local community and became Chair of Governors at the Devonshire Hill Primary School in Enfield, the borough in which she lives. Her role is to ensure the senior leadership team is providing an environment that is safe and stimulating for learners as well as ensuring teachers are delivering teaching of the highest quality whilst maintaining a work life balance.
Florence Nosegbe – Lambeth Councillor
Rabia Bhatti – Youngest Muslim councillor in Britain
The PRECIOUS Blogger of the Year
Winner! Marverine Cole – www.beerbeauty.co.uk
Beer Beauty is the video blog that spreads the word about the beauty in beer to women across the UK.
It’s written and edited by journalist, broadcaster and passionate beer-lover Marverine Cole,
who’s a former Anchor of the five-hour live World News and Business Report programme on Sky news. Marverine is also a documentary producer with programmes for BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC Radio 1Xtra and BBC Radio Four already under her belt. However it’s her blog, Beer Beauty, which has set the beer and pub industry alight: already winning Marverine the accolade of being the first ever woman to win a Gold Award from the British Guild of Beer Writers for the documentary feature she produced and presented about women and beer on BBC Inside Out.
Her independent and non-monetised blog dispels some of the myths about beer being a man’s drink, about beer being fattening and high in alcohol. Marverine makes personal recommendations about different beers, pubs and bars, and she also reveals fascinating facts about beer, e.g. history pointing to the African origins of beer thousands of years ago and the drink being ‘invented’ by women! @beerbeauty
Yinka Echols – Vex in the City www.vexinthecity.com
Minna Salami – MsAfropolitan – www.msafropolitan.com
The PRECIOUS Man of the Year
Winner! International Speaker, Coach and Storyteller, David McQueen
David McQueen describes himself as storyteller, youth advocate and social commentator. He is passionate about leadership for business and the community through effective communication and storytelling.
David is an international speaker and presenter and has had the pleasure of speaking at conferences, businesses and networking groups across the world for companies such as Shell, BP, Channel 4, BBC and at conferences such as TEDx, iGenius, Career Academies and Schools and Specialist Academies Trust. Through his company Magnificent Minds he not only speaks but delivers workshops, coaching and programmes on leadership and presentation skills. A prolific networker he also has a passion for connecting people and ideas.
David is a TV Presenter and has been the host of Pioneers TV, an online platform for young entrepreneurs started by Virgin Media. In it he got to interview established and up and coming entrepreneurs including Sir Richard Branson, Dan McGuire, Jessica Huie and rising youth star Jamal Edwards. As a result this work has helped David to be a mentor to a number of up and coming entrepreneurs in the UK in retail, entertainment, education, technology and media. David’s passion is for helping young people to step into their own as citizens and future workers. For over 23 years he has worked passionately as a speaker, mentor, youth worker and trainer. This work has taken him to Africa, Asia, Europe, North and South America and The [email protected]
Errol Douglas MBE
Patrick Clarke OBE