Monika Slowikowska picked up the Best Woman Contractor in The European Women in Construction & Engineering Awards, which took place on the evening of Thursday 24 May at the Royal Lancaster hotel, London.
She said her prestigious prize was a “victory for all women” and described her elation at the “tangible recognition” for her company Golden Houses Developments. Monika also stated that the award demonstrates the positive difference women can make to the industry.
The award marks the latest in a long list of accolades for Golden Houses, which has recently opened a joinery workshop in Harrow, London.
Just 11% of the UK’s construction workforce is female – only 2% of whom work in manual as opposed to office roles.
As a leader in her field, Monika says women have so much to offer the industry and is dedicated to mentoring others. “My achievements have been acknowledged with the Best Woman Contractor prize at the European Women In Construction & Engineering Awards, and this is a humbling, but very proud moment, for me,” said Monika who is the founder and managing director of Golden Houses.
“I believe that better people make better businesses, and I combined this approach with my construction experience to start a successful company. I hope that this award means I can continue creating fantastic developments while mentoring other women in the field and helping them believe in their capabilities.”
She adds, women: “bring a lot” to the construction industry, describing her own perfectionism and problem-solving skills – and the fostering and promotion of teamwork.
Monika explains: “Balancing ‘soft’ and ‘hard’ skills, I develop and enhance the talent around me, while meticulously monitoring the progress of projects and fostering innovation by using neuroscience, emotional dexterity and Artificial Intelligence to improve processes and efficiency.”
The Polish entrepreneur, who spoke no English when she first arrived in the UK with her ‘big dream’ for Golden Houses, believes these attributes have contributed to the huge success of the company.
“Golden Houses Developments presents a new attitude in construction, where conflict is resolved smoothly and the team’s energy is channelled into delivering superb work on time and on budget,” she said.
“I believe in inspiring my team to uphold the highest standards in everything that they do.”