Black British Business Awards co-founders Sophie Chandauka MBE and Melanie Eusebe MBE set out in 2014 to create a much needed platform to spotlight exceptional Black talent in the UK. Their aim was to demonstrate that Black talent not only exists in the UK, but that it exists in meaningful numbers. They challenged the notion that the under-representation of Black talent at senior levels in British business was somehow defensible because companies ‘couldn’t find’ Black talent. They decided to find that talent and to shine big bright lights on these exceptional people.
Now every day the Black British Business Awards, along with the support of our partners, campaigns for the equitable representation and inclusion of Black people at decision-making levels of businesses in the UK. For us, campaigning is about creating, leading and participating in change-making courses and forums for British business as well as unapologetically celebrating the achievements of Black professionals in this nation. Our programmes, delivered through sister organisation The Network of Networks (TNON), break down outdated systems, policies and behaviours and help to build new, more inclusive ones.