2019 PRECIOUS Awards for Outstanding Entrepreneurial Women in the UK

Deadline: September 28, 2019.

The PRECIOUS Awards, founded in 2007 to celebrate and applaud the professional achievements of women of colour in the UK, has a dynamic, passionate, grassroots following, this is down to a decade of bringing brilliant, often media-marginalised, women of colour into the spotlight.



1. START-UP BUSINESS OF THE YEAR: This category recognises those women that have just started out on their entrepreneurial journey. Nominees in this category can be from any business sector and must have been in business for at least six months (trading for six months as at 1 June 2017).

2. THE SME BUSINESS OF THE YEAR: This category is open to any business formed or operated by a woman of colour. The business needs to be able to show at least one-year’s set of accounts and should have a turnover not exceeding £5m per annum. Judges will look for evidence of a well-managed business, a pattern of increase in turnover, and a clear brand identity. Nominate here

3. THE SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR AWARD SPONSORED BY UNLTD: The PRECIOUS Awards has partnered with UnLtd, the Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs, to create this  category to recognise and support women who are driving lasting social change.The  category winner will receive £15,000 to support their new or emerging social venture to grow.. The cash element can be used for living costs as well as venture costs to support the social entrepreneur as they grow their venture. Find out more and nominate here

4. THE LEADERSHIP AWARD: This award will go to a woman of colour who has a leadership role within the workplace. Nominees will have experience of leading a team of people, a department, function or management, where autonomous decisions are made and where responsibility lies. Judges will look for examples of strong leadership; a personable approach to those affected by the decisions of the leader, and will consider the views of colleagues of the leader in terms of inspiration, leadership style and outcomes. Nominate here

5. THE OUTSTANDING WOMAN IN SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MATHS: The award is open to women of colour working in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). Applications are welcomed from individuals from these disciplines who have a clearly defined career path, and who, by endeavouring to be exceptional, have achieved outstanding success in their career to date. Nominate here

6. THE CREATIVE BUSINESS OF THE YEAR: This award is for a creative business owned by a woman of colour and based in the creative sector (PR, design, TV, music advertising or marketing.) The business must have been trading for at least 18 months.Entrants must also demonstrate a considered approach to financial achievement and future business success. Nominate here

7. THE OUTSTANDING WOMAN IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR: The award is open to any woman of colour working in the public sector. Applications are welcome from individuals from all careers within the public sector, including but not limited to housing, healthcare, local authorities, services, education. Judges will look for women who have a clearly defined career path and who, by exceptional effort, have achieved outstanding success in their career to date. Nominate here

8. THE OUTSTANDING WOMAN IN BANKING AND FINANCE: This award celebrates top talent in the banking and finance industry. The award will go to a woman of colour who has demonstrated leadership, innovative thinking or community service in this sector. Nominations are welcome from the following: accountancy and finance sectors – this covers employees in: audit, tax and accountancy businesses; sectors that perform financial functions in relevant departments (such as treasury) of other businesses or not-for-profits; banking and building societies; financial planning; insurance, investments and pensions. Nominate here

9. THE YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR: Open to entrepreneurs aged 30 and under. Judges will consider the journey undertaken by the entrepreneur from concept to reality, the barriers that were overcome, the determination and passion behind the business, and the results. Judges will also consider the business model, the product/service and the aspirations of the business. Nominate here

10. THE OUTSTANDING WOMAN IN PROFESSIONAL SERVICES: The Outstanding Woman in Sport Award recognises women who have created a positive change for women in sport. Applications are welcomed from individuals from all disciplines of the sporting world, this includes athletes and those women that work behind the scenes in any sporting discipline. Nominate here



1. The Awards celebrate the best of British, recognising exceptional determination, innovation, entrepreneurial skills and talent across multiple categories.

2. Consequently, the Awards have prompted successive UK Prime Ministers, and leading voices from across the political spectrum, to passionately proclaim their support and admiration.




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