We were thrilled to receive some really impressive entries to the Young Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2019 provided by the Anjool Malde Memorial Trust, sponsored by Raising IT. After much deliberation Tom Latchford, CEO of Raising IT and the judging panel selected Mary Otumahana, founder of The RecordShop as the winner.

Tom Latchford commented: "The difference that The RecordShop is making to opportunities that people have in north London is clear. Jools was incredibly passionate about music himself, so recognising Mary and her work supporting aspiring artists is very fitting."

Award-winner Mary was thrilled to receive the recognition, sharing: “I feel so honoured to receive this award and truly appreciate it. Being a social entrepreneur is extremely important to me and to be recognised for all the hard work and dedication behind The RecordShop motivates me to keep going”.

For the first time, a runner up was also recognised in Tomas Wilson, founder of OsNosh, a community kitchen based in Oswestry. Mel Guest, Award Manager for Raising IT commented: "We were really struck by the impact that OsNosh is having in so many areas of their local community and their approach to using food which would otherwise be wasted. Tomas really deserves this recognition."

Runner-up Tomas also added: “It was very humbling to receive this award. If I'd have been told a year ago I would win an award I wouldn't have believed it. It's great to have our hard work recognised. The prize money is going towards supporting OsNosh continue our work for another year”.

To read about all of the winners of the Anjool Malde Awards 2019, click here