Awards Season : Precious, Icon & Black British Business Awards

Awards Season : Precious, Icon & Black British Business Awards

It’s safe to say that awards season has well and truly kicked in. Love them or hate them, awards events are a fantastic opportunity to celebrate and reward individuals and organisations in their respected fields, and inspire others along the way. Whether it’s celebrating inclusive venues or sports people or recognising the inspiring work of those who selflessly give their time to support causes that are special to them…or acknowledging our rising stars in the corporate world, there are lots of positives to being recognised at authentic awards events. We shine a light on three recent diversity themed awards.

The Black British Business Awards

The Black British Business Awards celebrate and promote the significant contribution by black professionals and entrepreneurs across the UK. Now in its third year, the awards recognise established leaders and rising stars in science, technology, arts and the media, professional services, and finance and entrepreneurs.

Fourteen exceptional people and organisations were celebrated at the ceremony held at the Grange St Paul’s Hotel in London on 6th October 2016 with over 450 guests in attendance from across British business, media and politics.

Winners of the awards included Samantha Tross (Image Award), Bloomberg (Network Impact Award), Misan Sagay (Arts & Media Leader of the Year) and Dumo Oburota (Entrepreneur Rising Star).


Now in its tenth year, the PRECIOUS Awards have been instrumental in informing the business community, and driving change. More opportunity for career progression exists for women of colour, and more role models are created annually, inspiring the current and next generation of women to aspire to achieve business success, either through their own businesses or in the workplace.

The inspiring 2016 winners were presented with their shiny awards at the Royal Institute of British Architects on 27th October 2016.

Winners of the awards included Florence Adepoju (Young Entrepreneur of the Year), Bukola Adisa (Outstanding Woman in Banking and Finance), Trishna Bharadia (The PRECIOUS Leadership Award) and Michelle Moore (Outstanding Woman in Sport).

Pictured at the Icon Awards : Hannah Bardell – MP for Livingston, Mhairi Black – MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire South and Angela Crawley – MP for Lanark and Hamilton East


The second annual Icon Awards dazzled Glasgow at the Hilton Hotel on October 23rd 2016, with special guests and international stars performing for over 400 esteemed guests. Sponsors, finalists and winners all came together for a night of celebration, recognising the very best individuals, groups and companies championing diversity and inclusion in Scotland. The awards are Scotland’s biggest diversity awards event.

Fundraising efforts for the evening totalled £14,430 with all funds going directly to the Beatson Cancer Charity and their work at the Beatson Cancer Centre in Glasgow.

Winners of the awards included Natalie Scott (The Spirit Award), the Homeless World Cup (Event of the Year), Cruse Bereavement Care Scotland (Charity of the Year – award sponsored by Inclusive Networks), Glasgow Women’s Library (Venue Of The Year) and Angela Crawley MP (Political Icon of the Year).

About The Author

Thomas Anderson

Founder and MD of Inclusive Networks. Thomas was Chair of the award winning LGBT network for The Co-operative Group, ‘Respect’ (2011-14). Thomas named the network and designed and managed all of the branding, communications and engagement until he stepped down from the role of Chair in March 2014. He also created the branding, name, was Editor of the quarterly magazine and developed the launch of the UK’s first Inter-Retail LGBT network ‘CheckOUT’. He contributed to the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index 5 Year review. In recognition of his work in the diversity field he was shortlisted for ‘Diversity Champion of the Year’ at the 2013 European Diversity Awards, shortlisted for ‘Role Model of the Year’ at the 2012 Lesbian & Gay Foundation Homo Heroes Awards and shortlisted for the ‘Positive Action’ award at the 2013 Asian Fire Service Association Fair & Diverse Awards. He also won the 2012 ‘Pride of The Co-operative’ award. He was a judge for Scotland's biggest diversity awards, The Icon Awards in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

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