Venue: Waldorf Hotel, London
Date: 27th October 2011
Keynote speaker: Penny McDonald, Arise TV
And the winners were…
Entrepreneur of the Year
Faye Fasan | Chelsea Day Spa
Faye is the founder of The Chelsea Day Spa, a collection of three beautiful urban day spas located on the trendy King’s Road, Hollywood Road and Wandsworth Bridge Road in London with stunning design features reminiscent of a boutique hotel. The spa prides itself in offering luxurious, results driven and affordable beauty and holistic treatments, plus exclusive signature packages with impeccable customer service by experienced, qualified therapists.
Woman In Media
Winner! Stephanie Busari | Supervising Producer at CNN.com | @StephanieBusari
Stephanie Busari is a digital producer at CNN.com International charged with project managing and defining the strategic vision of key special projects on the website. She is an experienced and skilled editor who has a keen interest in social media and how it is used to acquire and share information, particularly in breaking news situations. She has written several articles on the subject and appeared as a contributor on television investigating the impact of Twitter. She has been published in many of the UK and international media’s most influential outlets, including the BBC and Daily Mirror newspaper, during more than a decade’s experience in the media. Stephanie began her career in the late 1990s at the London-based newspaper New Nation, aimed at the UK’s black and ethnic minority community. She was instrumental in spearheading several nationwide campaigns that effected UK government policy changes, including the successful campaign for a National Slavery Memorial Day. During a six-month stint in Northern Ireland in 2003, Busari spent time in some of the worst affected areas of “The Troubles” and secured interviews with a crucifixion victim, government ministers and paramilitaries. While there, she also launched and edited an award-winning lifestyle column.
Sophia Jackson | Founder and Editor | afridiziak.com Sophia A Jackson
Clara Amfo | Radio Presenter | BBC Radio 1Xtra
Best New Business sponsored by Rockstar Start Up Loans
Winner! Pilar Nalwimba | My Social Media PA | mysocialmediapa.com | @mysocialmediapa.
Pilar is founder of My Social Media PA, a Social Media Agency providing affordable Social Media management for small to medium sized businesses and brands. The business aims to ensure clients have a consistent and engaging presence freeing up their time to concentrate on other parts of the business. Pilar studied Business and Management at Brunel University, graduating in 2010. She initially came up with the idea for her business whilst working in digital for a record company during her final year at university. Noticing how popular social media was for musicians and recognising the similar benefits it could have on small businesses. She started the business in 2012 after being made redundant the previous year. Pilar is a passionate entrepreneur – helping to build brands, talent and businesses through Social Media. Since starting her business Pilar has recently been named a London ambassador for Virgin Media
Evadney Campbell MBE & Karen Campbell | Shiloh PR
Hope Davis | Hope School of Dance hopeschoolofdance.com
The Leadership Award sponsored by Reed Smith
Winner! Carlene Firmin | msunderstood.org.uk | |@carlenefirmin
Carlene is the founder of MsUnderstood, an organisation that seeks to address young people’s experiences of gender inequality, working alongside young women and young men to change government policy and shape local services. Founded and headed by Carlene Firmin MBE, it is comprised of a partnership between the University of Bedfordshire, Imkaan, and the Girls Against Gangs project, and at present seeks to improve responses to violence and abuse in young people’s relationships and peer-groups. Carlene spent five years interviewing hundreds of women and girls around England, researching the impact of gang and serious youth violence on their lives. This work led to the Government allocating £1.2 million of funding to develop new services for girls living in gang affected neighbourhoods. Following this she took up the post of Assistant Director at the children’s charity Barnardo’s, heading their work on child sexual exploitation and youth justice. Carlene was the principal policy advisor to the Children’s Commissioner’s Inquiry into sexual exploitation in gangs and groups, changing policy and regulation to improve the protection and care of exploited children. Carlene has spoken at over 250 national and international conferences, and was invited to present at the 54th and 57th sessions on the United Nation’s Commission of the Status of Women in New York, and in became one of the youngest black women to receive an MBE for services to Women and Girls Issues in the 2011 New Years Honours List. Carlene was included in the 2012 and 2013 Black Powerlist, received a London Peace Award in 2008, and featured in Glamour Magazine’s 35 women under-35 in 2011.
Janice B Gordon, The Problem Solving Company Ltd,
Social Enterprise of the Year sponsored by The Tabernacle
Winner! she is YOU | Caroline Odogwu | sheisyou.co.uk
Caroline Odogwu – She is You sheisyou.co.uk She Is You is a social enterprise that aims to empower young women (under 25) to reach their full potential in life. They provide workshops, events and mentoring, with a heavy focus on raising self-esteem and self-confidence. The organisation provides young women with the tools and skills necessary to achieve their wildest dreams by working in partnership with organisations and carrying out tailored activities Social Enterprise Business of the Year sponsored by The Tabernacle and events within our community to meet their needs and empower them. By working with a cross section of women ‘She Is You’ addresses social, personal and economic needs within inner city communities offering a way out for young ladies who may otherwise be trapped into a life of poverty or social restrictions. The idea is to embed a more empowering mindset into girls & young women, which in turn will broaden their aspirations, encourage them to find their individual voice, take risks, make better life decisions, improve their self-image and become better role models for future generations. Their mission is simply to positively impact a generation of young women to become positive and influential females in today’s society.
Alae Ismail and Kiran Yoliswa | Styled by Africa styledbyafrica.com
Black Mental Health – Matilda MacAttram | blackmentalhealth.org.uk
Business of the Year sponsored by CEWE
Winner! Diane Dunkley | Founder RM2 Music | rm2music.co.uk | @RM2Music
Diane is Founder and MD of RM2 Music, a premium booking agency and music management company, specialising in black music. The company provide quality artists and entertainment, ranging from established artists to fresh new talent working with venues and promoters across the UK and Europe. It is working to becoming an industry model of good practise in booking and promoting shows. RM2 also manage artists careers offering them a bespoke package to help further their career helping them generate various income streams and break global territories. Their main objectives are to promote real, live music performed by musicians, to make RM2 Music the centre of UK Black Music, to build the careers of RM2 Music artists and to be the first port of call for promoters and event planners when looking for quality artists.
Erika Brodnock – Karisma Kidz karismakidz.co.uk
The Chelsea Day Spa – Faye Fasan thechelseadayspa.co.uk
The PRECIOUS Blogger of the Year sponsored by Pride magazine
Winner! Ashanti Jason is the blogger behind Adorngirl.com, a UK Fashion & Beauty Lifestyle blog. The blog features beauty reviews, coverage of new and established designers, and catwalk photographs. Ashanti is a fashion writer, and is currently the UK Contributing Editor at Societe Perrier and Accessories Editor at Slink Magazine. Ashanti says about her blog “The beauty of fashion is that you never know where it can take you. I write because I love it, and everything you see. http://adorngirl.com/
Gina aka Natural Belle | hairspiration.blogspot.com
Natalie Clue | beautypulselondon.com
The PRECIOUS Man of the Year
Nathaniel Peat | Social Entrepreneur
Nathaniel is a social entrepreneur who founded at the age of 25, the non-profit organization, The Safety Box, which uses grassroots methods to interrupt violent behaviour, build entrepreneurship and foster achievement in young people using alternative curriculum in British schools. In 2007 he was the first double award winner of the Enterprising Young Brits Awards awarded by the former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown and 2008 saw him feature on BBC Three reality TV show The Last Millionaire where he was the winner of the third episode in Cairo. Nathaniel was listed on the Courvoisier Observers Future 500 Next Generation List; in 2009 he was a key organiser and speaker of the first Youth Jamaica Diaspora Future Leaders Conference. In 2011 Nathaniel received The London Peace (DREAM) award at City Hall from Mayor Boris Johnson. In 2013, Peat was invited to become a fellow (FRSA) and was the winner of the UPF Youth Achievement Award.
Jimmy Akingbola, Actor
Piers Linney, Entrepreneur