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 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 Co-Founders invited to visit the Assay office

This week our CEO, Ram Krishnna Rao, and our COO, Sukhi Jutla, were personally invited to visit the Assay office in Birmingham. During this trip, they discussed how to work together to better serve our retailers and provide them with the services they need.

This is an exciting next step in the continuing growth of the MarketOrders journey.

The Assay Office in Birmingham is the home of the UK hallmarking for precious metals including gold and silver.

When gold and silver jewellery products are shipped from the suppliers, it is the responsibility of the retailer to ensure they have adequate hallmarking.

This is where the Assay office comes in. They are an independent entity which was created from an Act of Parliament and is over 240 years old! Each piece of jewellery that is hallmarked undergoes thorough checks to ensure that the consumers are assured they are getting the right quality of products.

The assay office not only does hallmarking but also offers these services:

  • Assaying, hallmarking & laser marking
  • Analytical testing & quality assurance
  • Diamond & tanzanite grading, pearl & coloured gemstone identification
  • Jewellery, watch & silverware valuations
  • Training, conferencing and heritage events

We got to have a behind the scenes tour but we couldn’t take any pictures for security reasons; so you will have to use your imagination!

Rest assured, the building is guarded day and night. There are plenty of measures in place with the thanks to the volume of gold and other precious metals that pass the doors on a daily basis.

This continues to be a fascinating industry and we also see many opportunities with how MarketOrders can work as a partner with the Assay office and also how we can digitise most of the processes. Stay tuned for more progress!

 

A special Thank You, to the Head of Business development Natalie and Marie.

Learn more here https://theassayoffice.com/

 

 

 

 

MarketOrders COO at the Women in Tech Festival UK 2019

The Women In Tech Festival UK 2019 was held at The Brewery, London on the 17th of September where our COO and Co-Founder, Sukhi Jutla, was in attendance and also panel moderated the session ‘ Ready, Set, Start-up!’.

Sukhi commented: “This festival is important for us to attend as we believe, as a tech company, that the future of tech needs to include everyone and that includes women.”

She added: “Conferences like the Women in Tech Festival are so important to allow communities to come together and showcase female tech talent as well as providing an opportunity to network and learn about how to embark on a career in the tech field as a woman”.

Attended by thousands of people with 3 parallel stages and hundreds of hours of talks and workshops, this festival centred around how to support women’s careers in the tech field as well as sharing stories and challenges in the start-up world.

Sessions throughout the day were varied and included practical tips on how to jump-start a career in tech, understand how to build teams and taking care of your mental wellbeing. Sessions covered topics such as:

  • How women can ‘own the room’ when they deliver talks and presentations
  • Striking a balance between work-life, home-life and the sacrifices being made.
  • How to manage the unpredictable and demanding expectations of the tech industry.
  • How can companies create a culture that enables you to look after yourself.

 

Sukhi moderated a panel with four incredible female women who are all on different stages in their tech journeys:

  • Gemma Bloemen – Elder
  • Julie Fedele – TwoFeetin
  • Myrto Lalacos – L Marks, AccelerateME
  • Kike Oniwinde – BYP Network

Sukhi shared her journey into becoming a tech entrepreneur
(having been a corporate worker turned life coach turned author turned entrepreneur!).

It is the perfect example that you can re-ivent yourself and adapt to any career changes as long as you are willing to keep learning new skills.

If you missed it you can watch this short clip (on LinkedIn) where the panellists concluded by sharing their top tips for attendees to take away (with thanks to Kate Wood for the footage).

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 at the International Jewellery London (IJL) 2019

The International Jewellery London (IJL) is the pre-eminent annual destination for the best of British fine jewellery, as well as leading brands from around the globe.

It is the global meeting place for the jewellery trade so it’s only natural that MarketOrders attended. Our COO & Co-Founder Sukhi Jutla was also asked to speak on a panel about The Future of Fine Jewellery.

In this blog post, she gives her personal take on the IFL and the key takeaways points and trends she learned as well as an overview of her panel talk.

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The IFL is an annual event held in London over the course of 3 days. There were a number of seminars, talks and workshops talking about the new trends and technologies emerging in the jewellery industry.

The exhibition featured a catwalk show showing the latest jewellery designs, an inspiration theatre talking about how to embrace technologies to improve customer experiences and the knowledge Hub where I was speaking.

The key themes at IFL focused on: 

  • The future of lab-grown diamonds
  • The Future of Fine Jewellery
  • Jewellery trends for 2020
  • How to embrace systems and tech to deliver the ultimate shopping experience
  • Sustainability in the jewellery trade

 

MarketOrders point of viewKrystian Ozog also came along and he looks after our customers at MarketOrders as our Chief Customer Care Officer

Walking around the Olympia exhibition centre with the most beautiful and dazzling jewellery collections looking back at you made me think even deeper about how MarkterOrders can best serve the industry and more specifically, help our retailers.

Almost everyone I spoke to said their biggest issues were with not being able to communicate enough to the end consumer. 

With most of the products being created by designers, suppliers and manufacturers who are often removed from the consumer on the high street, it can be hard to see what products are selling and why some items don’t sell. 

Without some sort of communication with the end consumer, it can be difficult to truly provide what the consumer needs.

This is why MarketOrders exists; to bridge that gap. By only placing orders from retailers, suppliers will only produce items that are needed.

Retailers are best placed to place orders as they face off to the customer on a daily basis. They understand what sells and what won’t.

By placing personalised orders on-demand, retailers can be confident that they can sell their stock and not have to meltdown items that don’t sell or be stuck with inventory on shelves.

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The Future of Fine Jewellery Panel 

If you missed my panel talk here are the key highlights from my panel.

I was joined by Naomi Newton-Sherlock, the Creative Director at Domino and Daisy Grice, a jewellery designer. Chairing the panel was Asha Pitt from the Professional Jeweller.

Note: MarkeOrders has a profile feature in Septembers edition of the Professional Jewellery which you can check out here on page 78.

 

 

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  • Millennials shop in different ways. They are not looking to buy a product but an experience. So can retailers keep up with these changing consumer demands?
  • It’s no longer seen as fashionable to buy expensive jewellery if demi-stones look just as good and are half the price. Millennials are image-conscious and want to be able to keep up with changing fashion trends without the costs involved.
  • Consumers and Millenials, in particular, are looking for convenience and personalisation. They are not buying a product but experiences as they value experiences more highly.

 

What advancements should the jewellery industry be embracing?Our visionary CEO of MarketOrders was also in attendance at the IFL to look for new trends.

  • Retailers are no longer selling a product but an experience.
  • Consumers value individual attention, customization and personalisation as opposed to mass-market customer service.
  • Retailers and designers need to think about how best to reach their customers and listen to what they are asking for

When it comes to responsible jewellery manufacture, do consumers really care? 

  • If given the choice, most consumers would opt for the responsibly sourced jewellery but retailers say this is still a small proportion of their sales simply because not enough suppliers are providing this due to the extra costs involved.
  • Perhaps if consumers voted with the pounds in their pockets then things could potentially change.
  • However, responsibly sourced jewellery is still more expensive and not enough consumers feel they want to pay extra for this.

Demi-fine / semi-fine jewellery continues to grow as a market segment; should fine jewellers be concerned?

  • Not necessarily. Most retailers are now stocking an array of different types of jewellery so that they can cater to all consumers.
  • In order to stay ahead it is vital retailers notice and adapts to consumers changing demands otherwise they risk being left behind.

Q) How can technology improve the consumer experience and industry margins?

 

  • Without a doubt, it is imperative the industry embraces technology to better serve their consumers.Our Chief Customer Care Officer, Krystian Ozog relaxes on a chair after a busy conference!
  • Retailers need to have omni-channels, different ways to reach their consumers and give them different options to see and buy their products.
  • Make the purchase an experience and not just a transaction.
  • The jewellery industry is no longer competing with other jewellery but with other products. Jewellery used to be a popular gifting idea but now it’s competing with the latest iPhone, tech gadget or luxury holiday!

I hope you enjoyed this roundup summary of IFL, looking forward to next year!

MORE IMPRESSIVE AWARDS FOR MARKETORDERS AND SUKHI JUTLA

Aquisition International has awarded both MarketOrders and its COO Sukhi Jutla respectively as UK & Best Online B2B Platform Development 2019 – UK 2019 as Female Entrepreneur of the Year 2019.

 

MarketOrders – Sukhi Jutla

Female Entrepreneur of the Year 2019 – UK & Best Online B2B Platform Development 2019 – UK

2019

Sukhi Jutla is a multi-award-winning entrepreneur and author. An experienced technology leader she is pioneering the use of new technologies such as blockchain and was the first author in the world to publish a book using blockchain technology. She is regularly asked for expert opinion in the media and is a regular commentator for many publications about the impact of technology and digital disruption. Sukhi is also an advocate for championing more women into tech careers through her volunteer and ambassadorial work with Women of The Future programme amongst others.

Click HERE to read the article on acq-intl.com

SUKHI JUTLA LISTED AS NR1 AMONGST “TOP 10 FEMALE TECH ENTREPRENEUR TO WATCH IN 2019” BY ABOUT TIME MAGAZINE

AboutTimeMagazine.co.uk introducing: #SheStartedIt100, definitive list of the top 100 women to watch in the UK 2019.

About Time Magazine says: “We need to do more to promote women in tech; according to a study by PwC, only 15% of employees working in STEM roles in the UK are female, with only 5% of leadership positions in tech held by women.”

At MarketOrders.net we are extremely proud to announce that our Co-founder and COO Sukhi Jutla has been listed as nr1 amongst all other great UK female Tech and Media industry entrepreneurs.

1. Sukhi Jutla, MarketOrders

Name: Sukhi Jutla

Age: 35

Profession: Co-Founder and COO of MarketOrders, the jewellery-tech startup that uses blockchain to make gold and diamond jewellery more ethical and transparent.

Her Story: Sukhi Jutla is an award-winning entrepreneur and author of three books. She is the co-founder of MarketOrders, an online B2B platform for the gold and diamond jewellery industry. She is a leading international speaker, influencer and thought leader in tech and a qualified IBM Blockchain Foundation Developer. In April 2018 Sukhi made global headlines when she became the World’s First #1 Bestselling ‘Blockchain’ Author.

Click HERE to read the article on abouttimemagazine.co.uk and see other amazing ladies highlighted by #SheStartedIt100