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“Challenge the status quo”: Roni Savage, Black Business Awards Business Person 2018

Category: BAME, black history month, Award

Roni Savage, Black Business Awards Business Person 2018

Ambitious entrepreneur, Roni Savage, was just named Business Person of the Year at the Black Business Awards 2018.

She’s the Managing Director and CEO Jomas Associates Ltd, an innovative company of environmental and engineering specialists. She founded the company in 2009, and business has grown exponentially every year since. In 2017, she attained a £2 million turnover.

She explains her goal with Jomas was, “to turn over £50,000 and deliver great customer service and high-quality work to a small selection of clients working on my own.”

“Through referrals and by following my vision of providing a customer focused service, I was able to generate revenues of just over £200,000 in that first year. Since then Jomas Associates has grown, on average, 30% annually.” 

Collecting the award Ms Savage said, she was, “determined to challenge the status quo.” And she would help to bring more women into engineering to plug the skills gap. “This award gives me the assurance that so much can be achieved irrespective of gender and race, she said. She added, “I’m looking forward to inspiring and empowering others to do the same.”


Other winners on the night were: 

Arts and media rising star
Sam Ajilore is the founder of That Grape Juice, a highly popular and well-regarded urban pop culture website. He’s built a platform as respected leader in the online urban music arena, and recognised as a prominent voice in the black entertainment space.

Consumer and luxury leader of the year

Gerard Crichlow helps brands use their power to make a positive impact on the world as Head of Cultural Strategy at AMV BBDO, one of the largest advertising agencies in the UK.


Dawid Konotey-Ahulu is the co-founder of the third largest adviser to large pension schemes, Redington, with hundreds of millions of pounds of assets under his control. He recently launched Spellbound, a programme to teach young black people the art of public speaking.

The Awards are given annually in arts and media, consumer and retail, entrepreneur and financial services. Other prizes are given in professional services and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) categories. They celebrate the contributions of exceptional black business professionals and entrepreneurs. And also seek to inspire confidence in the strength of the ethnic minority talent pipeline across sectors. See the full list of winners here.


We’re proud to be doing our own work on strengthening the ethnic minority talent pipeline in the UK. See the latest job listings with our diversity-aware employers here.

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