MarketOrders COO Recognised as Top 100 Most Influential BAME Leaders in Tech

Sukhi Jutla, Co-Founder and COO of MarketOrders has today been announced as part of the #IB100 – a list of the top 100 most influential black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) leaders in the Tech Sector. Now in its second year, the list has been produced by board appointments firm Inclusive Boards in partnership with the Financial Times.

The list will be published online, and in print in the UK and Europe as part of an FT special report into Diversity in Tech. In 2018, Inclusive Boards research found that 74.5% of Boards in the tech sector had no BAME members and that BAME people made up just 8.5% of senior leaders (Directors and Executives) in the sector.

As part of their Inclusive Tech Alliance (ITA) campaign, Inclusive Boards is calling on tech companies to implement inclusive working practices to fix the progression challenges currently facing BAME individuals from moving to senior leadership positions. This year’s #IB100 list showcases role models to encourage and inspire tech’s future BAME senior leaders.

Elizabeth Oni-Iyiola, Development Director at Inclusive Boards, said: ‘Technology is one of the fastest-growing sectors in the UK and beyond. It’s crucial that as these sectors expand so too does the level of representation within them. Sukhi Jutla and those featured today are groundbreakers, changemakers and role models within the industry and we are proud to include them in this year #IB100.’

Sukhi reacted to the news: “It is an honour to be recognised as a Top 100 BAME leader in the UK. Awards like this one I hope will continue to shine a spotlight on the amazing work the BAME community adds to the UK economy and helps to inspire the next generation of future leaders. I am grateful to everyone who has been a part of my journey supporting my dreams and that includes my incredible team at MarketOrders.net”.

Those featured in the list include the most influential leaders from tech companies such as DeepMind, Google, IBM, Larsen & Toubro Infotech, Microsoft, Monzo, Rolls-Royce, Twitter and Seedcamp.

 

Notes:

Inclusive Boards is the UK’s leading executive search agency, specialising in attracting high calibre diverse talent through their network of over 60,000 senior professionals. The services include Executive Search, Advisory and Training, Leadership Programmes and Conferences. Inclusive Boards operate across sectors including sport, social investment, third and private sectors. Inclusive Boards’ cutting-edge research has been featured in the Independent, Guardian, Daily Mail and others.  

The Inclusive Tech Alliance (ITA) is an initiative developed by Inclusive Boards. Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) is a part of who we are and not simply an added value. The Inclusive Tech Alliance is a laser-focused initiative to bring more diversity to the UK tech sector with over 30 members.

 www.inclusiveboards.co.uk  & https://www.inclusivetechalliance.co.uk/ 

 

 

MarketOrders Co-Founder speaks at the Fintech Week in Hamburg

The Fintech Week is a 6-day FinTech focused event held in Hamburg (4-9 November). It is a celebration of all things FinTech and helps to showcase and promote FinTech ventures in Germany.

This year, the Fintech Week collaborated with the UK to strengthen Germany and London ties in the FinTech space.

As a result, the Depart of International Trade in the UK Government hand-picked MarketOrders.net to attend and present at FinForward, which is a 2-day conference part of the Fintech Week. The mission was to showcase Fintech capabilities and to foster collaboration and new opportunities.

Our COO and Co-founder, Sukhi Jutla, attended the FinForward event and presented on 2 panels.

The first panel discussed how Fintechs could embrace greater diversity. This was an insightful event where it was clear to see that this topic is very much at the forefront of the FinTech community. They understand that to build the tech of tomorrow we need to include everyone. Tech is inclusive and it’s important to celebrate all diversity in this field.

The second panel was about blockchain and the rise of Security Token Offerings (STO). Sukhi shared her views on how blockchain and STOs are increasing internalisation of the financial markets and shared how MarketOrders.net plans to disrupt the supply chain with the use of this new innovative technology.

Sukhi commented: ‘’It was a fantastic conference and we thank the Department of International Trade for this great opportunity. It is clear to see how progress is made when collaborations work well and it was great to see how Fintechs are thriving not only in London but in Germany too.’’

 

 

MarketOrders team meets the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan

Tuesday 29th of October, the MarketOrders team was invited to the annual Mayor of London’s business reception.

The reception was held at City Hall, in the heart of London, from 6 pm onwards. The event was an opportunity to hear more about the Mayor’s work to deliver good growth for the capital and to network with other business leaders representing a cross-section of London’s economy.

Rajesh Agrawal, the Deputy Mayor of London for Business, made an introduction and encouraged the guests to network, make connections and learn from each of other.

Sadiq Khan made a speech highlighting the strength of London’s innovation and its openness to the world. He reinforced that despite political uncertainty, London is and will remain a welcoming city where people can learn, thrive, invent, conceive and succeed.

Our COO Sukhi Jutla and our Head of PR & Coms, Caroline Hoffmann, attended the event, representing MarketOrders.

Caroline said: “It was an honour to meet the Mayor of London. Though being a very busy man, he took the time to spend an evening with London’s entrepreneurs and get to know them. I really identified with his speech as I come from France and despite Brexit, I still feel welcome in this city and hope I’ll be able to live and work here for many years to come. I also think that London’s innovation is booming more than ever and that the best is yet to come.”

Sukhi gave her reaction as well: “We were honoured to be invited at the Mayor’s reception and to meet the Mayor in person. It was clear to see from his speech that he cares about the entrepreneurial and business community in London and took the time to hear about what we do at MarketOrders. He also congratulated the team on our recent fundraise!”

 

MarketOrders at the London Asian Business Awards 2019

Last week our Co-Founder & COO, Sukhi Jutla, attended the London Asian Business Awards.

As a reminder, Sukhi was nominated a finalist in the ‘Disruptive Entrepreneur’ category.

Some of the best professionals and businesses received an award for their achievements over the last year at the 3rd London Asian Business Awards 2019. 32 finalists across London were crowned winners. The event took place at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel in Kensington on Friday 11th of October.

The event personified the spirit of London’s South-Asian community. The night was one of inspiration with the range of finalists reflecting the sheer number of London industries with Asian impact and presence. Categories included Rising Star, Young Entrepreneur of the Year and International Business of the Year.

The London Business Journal were official media partners for the Awards. Charity partners were The Asian Women’s Resource Centre who provides specialist domestic violence support services to women and children across London.

The London Asian Business Awards 2019 sponsored by Gatehouse Bank and presented by Greenleaf Catering, are organised by Oceanic Consulting – the UK’s leading ethnic awards company. CEO Irfan Younis said “I’d like to congratulate all winners and finalists awarded at the 3rd London Asian Business Awards 2019. The evening was one of absolute talent and inspiration. London’s Asian Business community are the perfect role models for future generations of aspiring entrepreneurs.”

Congratulations to all the finalists and winners!

Official press release here.

MarketOrders Co-Founder invited to moderate National Technology News roundtable

Our COO Sukhi Jutla was invited to a private event to moderate a roundtable discussion on the topic of ‘’Success in the data-driven supply chain’’ at City Social, Tower 42 on the 10th of October.

Sukhi has extensive experience in digitising supply chains and has also written numerous articles on this topic. Her experience enabled her to lead an engaging discussion with 20 hand-selected high profile people who work as chief digital officers and supply chain experts from FTSE 250 companies.

Topics focused on the rise of artificial intelligence, the need for more entrepreneurialism within supply chain systems and the use of blockchain in shipping products on time.

The official writeup and pictures will be released in due time by National Technology News, who hosted the event.

See below for the topics that were discussed.

 

Topics:

Whilst the UK’s global trading routes face unprecedented political uncertainty in the form of Brexit and trade wars, the manufacturing sector is also tackling widespread digital disruption.

With digitised supply chain technology and an influx of new data rapidly gaining ground over outdated systems, businesses are turning to the Internet of Things (IoT), Electronic Document Management (EDM) and Robotic Process Automation (RPA) to ensure they can track this proliferation of new data sources and ensure compliance with changing customs and trading rules during and after Brexit.

However, as they attempt this, fragmentation, manual processes and legacy infrastructure have meant that many businesses are failing to harness the commercial potential locked within their data.

As a result, they are struggling to keep up with their supply chain partners and competitors in an increasingly connected world.

But global supply chains are also coming increasing regulatory pressure as well as board demands to do more with leaner infrastructure. As a result, it has never been more urgent for manufacturers to view their data in real time, and drive efficiencies from factory to shop floor in order to stay ahead.

This roundtable explored how companies are using new technologies to digitise their supply chains and overcome Brexit-related disruption by tracking orders across borders and improving overall business performance.

 

Topics for debate:

  • How can predictive analytics and alert systems help flag potential risks and forecast changes in supply and demand?
  • What role will IoT, machine learning and blockchain play in supply chain transformation?
  • How can integrated information systems help maintain compliance with changing customs and trading regimes after Brexit?
  • What are the risks involved in implementation of RPA?
  • How can data-driven supply chains help businesses prepare for Brexit-related disruption at the border?
  • What is the benefit of real time visualisation of data to track supply chain processes?
  • How can automated data flows improve communication between supply chain partners?
  • What are the challenges around integrating data management systems with existing EDM infrastructure?
  • How is merger and acquisition-related disruption holding up supply chain connectivity and digitisation?

 

MarketOrders COO speaks at Inclusive Boards: Executive Leadership Programme

Our Co-Founder & COO, Sukhi Jutla, was invited to speak about career progression as a panelist during the Inclusive Boards: Executive Leadership Programme.

This programme was aimed at senior women leaders who came from companies including Deliveroo, Draper Espirit, HSBC, MoneySuperMarket Group and Lloyds Banking Group.

It was run as a residential programme at the Mallory Court Spa at Leamington Spa with 2 days of facilitated learning.

Inclusive Boards is the UK’s leading executive search agency specialising in diversity and inclusion at governance level. They support organisations to develop more diverse boards, senior leadership teams, and improved governance structures.

Sukhi was joined by 2 other panelists including Tamara McMillen, Executive Director of Sales at Virgin Media Business and Namrata Sarmah, Senior Director at Viacom.

Topics discussed included:

  • Climbing the career ladder
  • How to get board roles
  • Personality and leadership style
  • Balancing work/family life
  • Building and using your network
  • Continuous development and upskilling
  • Unconscious bias and overcoming challenges

 

Sukhi shared her personal story of how she navigates her career progressions, from being an employee to becoming an entrepreneur and board member. 

The event was a huge success and Ellen Partridge, Campaigns Officer for Inclusive Boards left this review for Sukhi:

‘’Sukhi was an inspiring panelist during the Inclusive Boards: Executive Leadership Programme, having a huge impact on senior women leaders in the room. She captured the attention of the room with her story and offered interesting perspectives on career progression, personal development, and work-life interface.’’

A few other reviews also include:

 

 

MarketOrders Co-Founder shortlisted as Digital Entrepreneur of the Year!

We’re very proud to announce that MarketOrders Co-Founder, Sukhi Jutla, has been shortlisted in the Digital Entrepreneur of the Year category at the Digital Entrepreneur Awards 2019.

Digital Entrepreneur Awards (DEA) celebrates the best of the UK’s digital business ecosystem.

A wealth of amazing organisations, businesses and individuals entered the awards demonstrating outstanding innovation, creativity and talent.

The finalists have been announced by Business Live and Business Cloud!

The awards, now in their 15th year, cover 20 categories encompassing every area of today’s digital business ecosystem from enigmatic leadership to forward-thinking development and cutting-edge creative.

The winners will be announced at a glittering ceremony at The Principal Hotel, Manchester on November 21.

 

Finalists in the Digital Entrepreneur of the Year category are:

Adam Frisby, CEO, InTheStyle

Somayeh Aghnia, Founder, Geeks

Sukhi Jutla, CEO & Founder, MarketOrders

Mark Roberts, Co-founder & CEO, Beer Hawk

Gareth O’Rourke, Founder, CHO Fashion & Lifestyle

Adeem Younis, Founder, Single Muslim

Louis James Davis, Davis Co Holdings Ltd & VST Enterprises

 

MarketOrders Press Release:

 

MarketOrders Co-Founder Shortlisted for National Digital Awards

Today, MarketOrders COO & Co-Founder, Sukhi Jutla, has been shortlisted as a finalist for the Digital Entrepreneur of the Year at the 2019 Digital Entrepreneur Awards (DEAs).

MarketOrders is an online marketplace designed by entrepreneurs, for businesses. Specialised in the gold and diamond jewellery industry, MarketOrders disrupts a traditional sector by using new technology which benefits both suppliers and retailers.

Created in 2016 by serial entrepreneurs Ram Krishnna Rao and Sukhi Jutla, MarketOrders aims to empower high street retailers by helping independent retail jewellers to get the products they need faster, cheaper and directly from global suppliers.

The DEAs are the only national awards dedicated to championing digital entrepreneurialism and innovation across the UK.

Sukhi Jutla reacted to her nomination: “It’s an honour to be named a finalist in the most competitive category in these digital awards. As the world continues to evolve and be shaped by new digital technologies, it is immensely rewarding and to be named as someone who is contributing to these exciting changes and being a part of leading this conversation of change in the digital landscape especially through my work with MarketOrders.net

The finalists beat off competition from hundreds of businesses that entered, across 20 award categories.

The awards, now in their 15thyear, cover categories encompassing every component of today’s online business ecosystem – from enigmatic leadership to forward-thinking development and cutting-edge creative. Categories include Social Media Campaign of the Year, Most Innovative use of Video or Animation and the coveted Digital Entrepreneur of the Year award.

Previous winners of the awards span a range of sectors, from retail giants like Sainsbury’s and PrettyLittleThing to smaller, more agile digital specialists like Social Chain and Clicky Media.

Among the judging panel are Jacqueline de Rojas, president of techUK and chair of the Digital Leaders Board; Heather Waters, enterprise manager at NatWest; Vikas Shah, CEO of Swiscot Group and Susie Ma, founder and CEO of Tropic Skincare.

One of the UK’s true tech heavyweights joins the judging panel this year. President of techUK and chair of Digital Leaders, Jacqueline de Rojas serves on the government’s Digital Economy Council and is an advisor to a number of fast-moving tech companies.

Commenting on the DEAs, de Rojas said: “We are known as a nation of innovators and of entrepreneurs. It is quite simply a privilege to judge the technologies and innovators at the frontier of change.

“The UK is a nation of technological significance and shining a light on entrepreneurship in this space is a way of investing in our digital future.

“I have seen the smallest of changes make the biggest of differences and I am delighted to see the creativity of our digital entrepreneurs fixing real-world problems that are worth solving.”

Visit the DEA website for a full list of finalists or for details on how to book a table at the final ceremony.

 

You can find the official DEA release here.

Fingers crossed!

MarketOrders COO joins the advisory board of Management Today’s conferences

MarketOrders COO & Co-Founder Sukhi Jutla joins the advisory board of Management Today’s conferences.

Each year Management Today recruits a stellar line-up of front-line leaders to help us shape an exciting conference. The advisory board helps us identify key speakers and ensures we achieve our mission of creating a conference that inspires and educates you.

Sukhi commented: “I’m very excited to be part of such an inspiring board to help shape the content and strategy for these important conferences which help many women navigate the business and entrepreneurial world. These conferences aim to equip attendees with the best knowledge and wisdom from the best speakers who been there and done it and are now sharing their know-how to help the next generation of women leaders to blossom and is an honour to be a part of their journey in this way”

The next conference, “Inspiring Women in Business”, will take place in London on November 21.

You can register here.

MarketOrders COO Sukhi Jutla shortlisted at the London Asian Business Awards

 

We are delighted to announce that our Co-Founder & COO Sukhi Jutla has been shortlisted into the finals under Disruptive Entrepreneur of the Year category at the 3rd London Asian Business Awards!

Another great achievement for MarketOrders that recognises the quality of our fantastic team.

So far, MarketOrders has been nominated and/or won 21 awards! You can find them all on our Awards page here.

 

Congratulations to the other finalists!

DR SUKHBINDER NOORPURI (i-GP, Kent)

Priyanka Raswant (Highbrow, Soho)

Nikhil Shah (London Town Group, Paddington)

Rupa Ganatra Popat (FUTR Group, Soho)

Deepak Tailor (Latest Free Stuff, Ilford)

Tahreem Arshad (Sozie, Surbiton)

Sanjay Patel (The Hundred, Camden)

Amin Hamzianpour (The Qube, West London)

Harsha Rathnayake (Junk Hunters, Willesden)

 

The prestigious and glamorous award ceremony will be held on the 26th September 2019 at The Millennium Gloucester Hotel, Kensington, London.

Until then, fingers crossed!

 

Official press release:

 

MarketOrders Co-Founder Sukhi Jutla shortlisted as finalist in the Disruptive Entrepreneur of the Year category for the 3rd London Asian Business Awards 2019

 

London, September 13, 2019: Hundreds of the best professionals and businesses have been shortlisted as finalists for the 3rd London Asian Business Awards 2019. They received nominations across the capital. The Awards celebrate a wide range of the South-Asian community’s achievements. These include the worlds of business, charity, food, technology, law and finance.

The Awards showcase the strength of the Asian community, the impact they have on London’s culture & economy, and highlights their progression over the last year. Categories range from Rising Star, Young Entrepreneur of the Year to International Business of the Year.

The Awards will be held at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel in Kensington on Thursday 26th September.

MarketOrders Co-Founder Sukhi Jutla has been shortlisted as finalist in the Disruptive Entrepreneur of the Year category. Sukhi Jutla will know if she is a winner during the elegant ceremony held in September.

She commented on her nomination: “It’s an honour and privilege to be recognised as a finalist in this year’s awards as a Disruptive Entrepreneur. I believe a win for any woman is a win for every woman everywhere who aspire to achieve their full potential and to live fearlessly and that is something I aim to do on a daily basis through my work. Shining a spotlight on the business achievements of the Asian diaspora I hope encourages the community to keep striving to build better businesses and to inspire the next generation of Asian entrepreneurs”.

The London Business Journal are official media partner for the Awards. The Asian Women’s Resource Centre who provide specialist domestic violence support services to women and children across London are charity partners for the event.

The London Asian Business Awards 2019 presented by Greenleaf Catering are organised by Oceanic Consulting – the UK’s leading ethnic awards company. CEO Irfan Younis said “the London Asian Business community is one to really be celebrated and talked about. They’re a community of amazing achievements, skilled entrepreneurs, business acumen, social mobility and inspiring role models who have consistently gone from strength to strength. Best of luck to all finalists, we look forward to an exciting night.”

With 13 years of experience, Oceanic Consulting host annual award ceremonies in major English, Scottish and Irish cities. Campaigns include the Curry Awards, Asian Business, Asian Food, British Muslim, British Indian and Britain’s Asian Wedding Awards.

 

The full list of finalists can be found here.

 

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Sukhi Jutla Becomes Women’s Entrepreneur Ambassador of Westmont Enterprise Hub

Blockchain entrepreneur and MarketOrders Co-Founder Sukhi Jutla was recently chosen by Westmont Enterprise Hub to become their Women’s Entrepreneur ambassador. This new vibrant start-up facility, which is part of University of West London (UWL), aims to support and encourage entrepreneurship.

 

 

 

Empowering entrepreneurs

Westmont Enterprise Hub will link entrepreneurs with investment, business support, and University expertise to help them succeed and is a major boost for start-up businesses in the region.
With already more than 20 start-ups and 450 members, the Hub has connections to more than 500 businesses and plans to double its number of start-ups by the end of the year.
Sukhi commented: ‘The Hub is a wonderful initiative to cultivate and spark the incredible entrepreneurial talent growing in West London. The Hub benefits from the facilities of the University as well as connections to investors as well as other peer groups. West London has always been a thriving entrepreneurial area and its fantastic to see this infrastructure to support this thriving ecosystem.’

Laurence Geller CBE, Chancellor, University of West London, added: “Future growth in the economy depends on more people having the skills, knowledge and confidence to start new businesses. Through the Westmont Enterprise Hub, the University is supporting and inspiring students and the local community to achieve their dream of starting or growing a business.”

 

 

An Ambassador to lead the way

Sukhi’s role will involve advisory, inspiration, and leadership. Experience is gold, and Sukhi has got a lot of it through her career. Graduating from Royal Holloway, University of London after attending the local Ealing college and working in corporate finance, Sukhi wasn’t meant to be an entrepreneur. After a decade, she left the corporate world and explained her transition to entrepreneurship in her book ‘Escape the Cubicle: Quit the job you hate. Create a life you love’.
After 10 years of being an entrepreneur, several ups and downs and a few mistakes, she has become a fulfilled business woman and a thought leader in the tech space. Indeed, she has been recognised by a number of industry awards including the Asian Women of Achievement Awards, Management Todays ’35 Women Under 35′ and named a Top 100 European Digital Pioneer by The Financial Times and Google.

Sukhi gave us her insight on what it’s like to be an entrepreneur: ‘Most people think of the Richard Branson types of personalities when they think about entrepreneurship but it’s not always like that! I believe we all have the entrepreneurial spirit and it can be expressed in many different ways. My experience brings with it real insider knowledge on what it’s really like to be an entrepreneur and grow a business from scratch, how to deal with setbacks and how to keep moving forward. I will share my learning with the Hub community and encourage more people to consider stating a business, especially in West London.’

To find out more about Westmont Enterprise Hub, go on https://www.uwl.ac.uk/for-business/westmont-enterprise-hub

 

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