SThree CEO Gary Elden was last night named the Black Business Person of the year at the 2015 Black British Business Awards in London.
Gary picked up the award at the event at the Hilton on Park Lane. Speaking later he said, "I'm delighted to have won this prestigious award. It's an amazing feeling to be recognised by your peers and especially to be singled out from such an amazing group of individuals."
Gary was originally shortlisted as a Leader in the Professional Services category which recognises outstanding senior executives who are inspirational and seen as game changers in their sector. "To be seen as a leader and role model is humbling", said Gary. "I've always believed you can do whatever you put your mind to, if you have the determination, drive and vision to succeed but I know how powerful it can be to see and hear from successful people who came from the same background as you. It's especially important to show and share that black people can succeed in the world of business just as well as they do in sport and entertainment."
Gary's support and work with charities like City Gateway that offers pre-employment training, apprenticeships and support for disadvantaged and disengaged young people, vulnerable women and families in East London was highlighted as an example of how leaders can really make a difference to people's lives.
The Black British Business Awards, which EY has supported since its inception, highlights inspirational role models who have the ability to encourage the next generation of business achievers. “At the end of the day I'm just one man but at SThree we recognise the importance of awards like this in celebrating diversity in its many forms. Whether its race, gender or disability we champion diversity and believe it's essential that UK businesses recruit and develop a diverse workforce, in order to compete in the global marketplace."