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Black British Business Awards kicks off 10th anniversary talent hunt

Black British Business Awards winners in 2022's ceremony - SIMON J HARVEY
Black British Business Awards winners in 2022's ceremony - SIMON J HARVEY

Nominations have opened for this year’s Black British Business Awards as the event celebrates its 10th anniversary.

Since launching in 2014, the awards have sought to recognise the achievements of UK Black professionals and entrepreneurs across the business world.

As well as championing this year’s nominees, the anniversary event later this year will also reflect on the impact of the awards, with alumni including ‘The Black Farmer’ founder Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones MBE, Shakespeare’s Globe chair Dr Margaret Casely-Hayford CBE and Saville Row master tailor Andrew Ramroop OBE.

Mr Ramroop, who was the Black British Business Person of the Year in 2017, said the recognition sent his life “into an unexpected direction”.

The creative director of tailor Maurice Sedwell added: “My life story has been played in words and music on BBC Radio 4 Desert Island Discs, the renowned Harvard University Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. is at an advanced stage of writing my autobiography and a biopic script has been written.”

The theme of this year’s event is #WeAre, celebrating the push for racial equity in UK companies by Britain’s Black community and its allies. The awards will mark the achievements of more than 350 rising stars, business leaders and companies.

Sophie Chandauka hosting the 2019 Black British Business Awards - Steve Dunlop/www.stevedunlop.com
Sophie Chandauka hosting the 2019 Black British Business Awards - Steve Dunlop/www.stevedunlop.com

Sophie Chandauka MBE, chair of the Black British Business Awards and Meta’s head of Americas risk management, said: “When we launched the awards 10 years ago, we were told that the reason there were few Blacks in power was because there was ‘no talent pipeline’.

“Year on year, the awards have demonstrated that this assumption is wrong and lazy. The Black British Business Awards is a world class showcase of Black talent from systemically important global corporations, the high streets and entrepreneur community.

“Importantly, BBBAwards alumni tell us that their inclusion in the BBBAwards has marked a significant step change in their journey, and that the recognition they received continues to generate new professional opportunities.”


Nominations for this year’s BBBAwards can be made online via this link. The deadline for nominations is 17 March 2023.