Nominations are now open for the 15th Annual PRECIOUS Awards.
Do you know a woman of colour who deserves recognition?
We are back for the 15th year with the PRECIOUS Awards 2021, which celebrates, supports and champions women in business and leaders across a diverse field of industries. Nominations close on October 15th and you can nominate either yourself or someone else.
We are dedicated to highlighting and recognising women of colour who are consistently demonstrating exceptional growth, change or impact, and we positivly encourage self-nomination.
THE SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
The award is looking to celebrate unique stories from businesses that have worked to achieve great things despite the challenges of the last 18 months. This business will show evidence of excellence in many areas of the business, to include: revenue growth, sales and marketing, product or service innovation and use of digital channels. The judges will be looking for inspiring businesses that will be seen as role models for other businesses. Must have been in business a minimum of 5 years
and can be a Micro Small Business- 1-10 employees or a Small Business- 11-50 employees.
THE START UP BUSINESS OF THE YEAR – sponsored by The British Library Business and IP Centre
This category is open to entrepreneurs who have started a business within the last 12 months. (from August 2020) 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.
THE YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR
Open to entrepreneurs aged 30 and under from any business discipline. Judges will also consider the business model, the product/service and the aspirations of the business. Judges will also consider the business model, the product/service and potential to scale.
THE SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR
The Social Enterpreneur of the Year Award will be awarded to a woman who has demonstrated success when incorporating community benefit with a sustainable business model. The winner will be leading a business with a clear social purpose, going above and beyond to ensure that the business supports their community and gives back
THE SOCIAL IMPACT Award
This category recognises those women whose work and/or organisation has achieved an outstanding, transformative impact on communities and society in Great Britain, with a focus on challenging race inequality. This year, the emphasis will be on nominees whose impact has been felt in the Black Lives Matter movement or in the response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
THE LEADERSHIP AWARD – sponsored by The Open University
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.
THE OUTSTANDING WOMAN IN SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MATHS (STEM)
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.
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 demonstrate a considered approach to financial achievement and future business success.
THE OUTSTANDING WOMAN IN PROFESSIONAL SERVICES – sponsored by Baker McKenzie
The Outstanding Woman in Professional Services category recognises women from across the professional services spectrum – (this includes bankers, accountants, doctors, lawyers, architects). The award will go to a woman of colour who has demonstrated leadership, innovative thinking or community service in this sector. The judging panel will be looking for someone with a proven track record of excelling in their field and who supports and champions the cause of other women in their industry.
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.
THE OUTSTANDING WOMAN IN SPORT
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.