Venue: Institute of Directors, Pall Mall, London
Keynote: Angie Greaves, broadcaster
THE ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR | SPONSORED BY BIPC
Gina Moffat Blooming Scent
When Gina was sent to Holloway at the age of 25, she thought her world had fallen apart. However, things started to change for Gina when, while still in prison, she signed up for an NVQ in floristry. She had always been interested in flowers and knew that getting a qualification would help her make a better life for herself and her daughters.
After the course, Gina spotted a business opportunity and persuaded the prison governor to let her provide floral arrangements for prisoners, visitors and staff. News of its success spread and by the time of her release in 2008, Gina felt confident enough to set up on her own.
Gina launched Blooming Scent at the Bernie Grant Arts Centre in Tottenham, providing flowers and floral decorations for people and events. Gina then decided to expand into catering and snapped up a small cafe that had become available at the Centre.
Now that she has successfully turned her life around, Gina is determined to help other young people. She has taken on staff in her cafe and likes to help those in need of a second chance – as she once was. @Bloomingscent09
THE SME BUSINESS OF THE YEAR | SPONSORED BY THE IOD
Winner! Tweezy – Sunny Choudhery | www.tweezy.co.uk
Tweezy is a globally-inspired facial hair removal product combining the art of ‘threading’ into a physical device, transforming costly beauty regimes into a DIY product.
Sunny Choudhery is an entrepreneur from London. She has spent time working for various charities (particularly female-oriented ones), and today serves as a Community Ambassador for The Sharan Project.
Sunny has always had naturally thick, dark hair. While this is a blessing when it comes to a girl’s crowning glory, it also has the (less glamorous) side effect of producing visible facial hair.
As Sunny has sensitive skin, aggressive bleach and wax treatments were never a viable option. The ancient practice of threading proved to be more suitable, but she still worried about rubbing non-sterile thread against her skin. Sunny was also wary of having her face threaded in the middle of crowded shopping centres, which seemed to be the standard practice.
She knew she could easily do herself at home – if only she had the right equipment! Rigorous searching revealed that home-threading devices were flimsy, poorly designed and ineffective. Upon noticing this crucial gap in the market, Sunny immediately decided to invest her savings in launching what she was sure would be the answer to countless women’s prayers: a cost-effective, hygienic and long-lasting DIY hair-removal tool.
Tweezy is currently available for £10 directly through the website, www.tweezy.co.uk. It can also be purchased via Amazon, Victoriahealth.com and several other health & beauty outlets. Encouraged by her business’ whirlwind success, Choudhery now has plans to expand Tweezy into big-name stores early next year. This means that this hygienic, convenient and affordable device has the potential to totally transform hair-removal on a global scale. @EasyTweezy
It’s My Magazine Ltd – Krystle Downie | www.itsmymagazine.com
Gina Moffatt | Blooming Scent | @Bloomingscent09
THE YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR
Winner! Bianca Miller – The Be Group | http://the-be-group.com/
Bianca Miller, founder of The Be Group, is an ambitious and tenacious individual who enjoys working with people to assist in their personal development.
Having worked for the world’s largest management and technology consultancy firm in a HR capacity, Bianca has seen and understood what it takes to succeed in a competitive commercial environment.
During Bianca’s time at Accenture she was adviser to the graduate population and was tasked by management to collaborate in the creation of the ‘Preparing for Promotion’ initiative; which was created to impart knowledge to the graduates on personal branding for career advancement.
After a short stint in financial recruitment Bianca saw first-hand that there was a need for personal development services for people of all ages for the purposes of employability, career advancement and for increased confidence in their lives as a whole.
This is where the initial concept was created. The Be Group was founded on the premise that all people should be able to access services to aid their personal development and to build their personal brand.
Ore Oyeleke | The Surprise Concierge | www.thesurpriseconcierge.com
Guydile Wadu – Source Divine VIP Salon | @VIPSourceDivine
THE SOCIAL ENTERPRISE OF THE YEAR AWARD
Winner! Three Sisters Care | www.threesisterscare.co.uk
Jobeda, Rahena and Jaida are the three sisters who founded Three Sisters Care in 2011. Three Sisters Care sends care assistants to help elderly and disabled people in their own homes across London and Essex.
Their services include personal care, doing groceries, cooking meals and health care. Our specialties include dementia care, Parkinson’s and autism. We work with young adults as well as the elderly. We currently have 71 care assistants, who are all qualified in health and social care and many also have nursing skills such as catheter care or peg feeding.
Three Sisters identify and train unemployed women, many are mothers, many are ethnic minorities and most have never been employed before. Within 6 months they are able to join the workforce for the first time. @3sisterscare
Diversity In Care | www.diversityincare.org.uk/
African & Caribbean Diversity | www.acdiversity.org/
THE LEADERSHIP AWARD
Winner! Tessy Ojo | Chief Executive | The Diana Award | diana-award.org.uk
As Chief Executive of The Princess Diana Award, Tessy is responsible for the overall strategy and development of the Charity. This involves providing sound leadership to the Organisation, developing and expanding current services and developing new services that involve young people tackling social issues, whilst ensuring its long term sustainability, through effective governance, sound finance and delivery of services.
Tessy became CEO at a very critical time, when the organisation was coming to the end of its government funding period and with no secured funding for the future. Her first task was therefore to take a step back and build a business plan that was sustainable, innovative and that will secure the longevity of the business.
Within the first few months of her leadership, in consultation with the young people at the heart of the organization, she put together four interrelated programmes which transformed the organisation from a reactive Award giving body, to a proactive need-led youth movement, delivering services aimed at tackling issues faced by young people.
Through these new programmes, along with clear communication plan, the organisation was able to successfully acquire new and a diverse range of funding to deliver its services and continues to grow from strength to strength. Consequently, under Tessy’s leadership, the organisation doubled in size within her first year as CEO, including expanding to other countries.
Cllr Aisha Eniola | Counciller | brent.gov.uk
Dr Vivienne Cisse-Lyfar | Chair of NHS National BME network and Brighton & Sussex BME network | www.nhsbmenetwork.org.uk
THE OUTSTANDING WOMAN IN SCIENCE, ENGINEERING, TECHNOLOGY AND MATHEMATICS (STEM)
Winner! Yewande Akinola | Arup | www.arup.com
Yewande is a Design Engineer with engineering consultancy ARUP. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering Design and Appropriate Technology from the University of Warwick and a Masters in Innovation and Design for Sustainability from Cranfield University.
Yewande’s engineering experience and responsibilities include the design of sustainable water supply systems and the engineering design coordination of large projects in the built environment. She has worked on projects in the U.K., Africa, the Middle East and in East Asia.
Over the years, Yewande has demonstrated her passion for innovation within the engineering industry by taking on the challenge of steering award winning ideas from concept right through registration to manufacture. Her interests in developing countries and emerging markets have inspired her work with charities and non-government organisations towards the development of clean water and sanitation solutions for the world’s underdeveloped regions. She combines her Engineering career with media work and has presented engineering programmes for TV- Discovery Channel, Channel 4 and National Geographic in addition to contributing roles in Radio.
THE OUTSTANDING WOMAN IN THE CREATIVE INDUSTRIES
Winner! Jasmine Dotiwala| The Media Trust | www.mediatrust.org
Jasmine Dotiwala is a Producer/Director/Broadcaster/ Columnist who has achieved acclaim in the media for breaking new, young, British talent and making fresh, ground breaking edgy TV programming with A List showbiz celebrities.
A professional, multi -faceted TV producer, director, broadcaster and columnist who has delivered solid results, and innovative diverse TV & media that is strategically devised to entertain, promote and grow brand integrity.
Jasmine is a highly experienced, driven, dynamic leader, with the ability to lead a highly effective team and create internationally top rating TV content to tight deadlines and within strict budgets.
Jasmine juggles multi-media platforms personally and professionally. She is currently the Executive Producer of LONDON360- a youth news magazine TV show that is made by 120 young Londoners at Media Trust, where she trains and finesses the reporters (who come from diverse backgrounds across the capital), of the future in TV, radio, print press and digital formats.
THE BEST DIVERSITY PROGRAMME | SPONSORED BY CREDIT SUISSE
Winner! Eversheds | www.eversheds.com/
National Grid | www.nationalgrid.com/uk/
HMRC | www.hmrc.gov.uk/
THE BEST CAREER PROGRESSION PROGRAMME | SPONSORED BY HARVEY NASH
THE PRECIOUS MAN OF THE YEAR | SPONSORED BY BLUE DOT WEALTH