Nominations open for 5th Anniversary of the Black British Business Awards
Fifth year showcasing the outstanding achievements of black British business leaders throughout Great Britain.
Nominations have now opened for the prestigious Black British Business Awards 2018 (BBBAwards). Since 2014, the BBBAwards has recognised the economic contribution made by black British business executives and entrepreneurs and showcased exceptional role models and the businesses that support them.
2018 is the fifth anniversary of the BBBAwards, to celebrate this milestone an exclusive launch reception was hosted by BNP Paribas last night with 150 guests including rising stars, senior executives and other celebrated business leaders.
Guests heard from a panel of millennial game-changers who are demonstrating success, defying stereotypes and creating opportunities for others.
The BBBAwards, endorsed by Prime Minister Rt Hon. Theresa May MP and the Leader of the Opposition Rt. Hon. Jeremy Corbyn MP, is the only premium awards programme of its kind in Great Britain.
This year’s ceremony will be held at the Grange St. Paul’s Hotel, 10 Godliman St, London, EC4V 5AJ on Thursday, 4 October 2018 from 19:00. The Awards will celebrate outstanding rising star and senior leader black business professionals and entrepreneurs in six industry categories:
- Arts and Media (includes all media, design, fashion, performance art, publishing and advertising)
- Consumer and Luxury (includes food, beverage, household goods, retail, travel and leisure, cosmetics, personal and luxury goods)
- Entrepreneur (operating their own business or social enterprise for over 18 months as of 1st May 2018)
- Financial Services (includes Finance and Financial Services: includes banks, brokers, payment services, insurance companies, credit card funds, regulators)
- Professional Services (includes law, accounting, management consultancy and in-house professionals)
- Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM, includes health, industrials, telecoms, pharmaceuticals, transport and energy)
Melanie Eusebe, Chair and Co-Founder of the Black British Business Awards, said:
“We are delighted to be celebrating the launch of the fifth year of the Black British Business Awards which continues to highlight black British business people from all over the country and their contribution to UK PLC. Now in our fifth year, we are extremely proud to say that we’ve celebrated over 150 enterprising black business professionals who continue to shatter stereotypes and pave the way for younger generations. From doctors to entrepreneurs to art historians, we have shone a light on talented individuals and have seen our finalists go from strength to strength.
The BBBAwards is now more than a ceremony, with several programmes and a body of research, it has grown into a vehicle of change through which organisations can be supported to identify their talent and accelerate the career progression of BAME executives in response to under-representation at senior levels.
Jane Ayaduray, Head of Diversity and Inclusion EMEA at BNP Paribas said:
“BNP Paribas is delighted to be hosting the fifth BBBA Nomination Reception to recognise the significant contribution that emerging and established leaders in the Black British community make to both our economy and society as a whole. We wish all nominees the best of luck.”
The judging panel is chaired by Sophie Chandauka, Executive Director and Chief Administrative Officer of Morgan Stanley’s Legal and Compliance Division in EMEA.
Past judges have included;
- Jo Barnett, Director of Social Enterprise, Virgin Money
- Karen Blackett OBE, Chairwoman, MediaCom
- Vanessa Kingori MBE, Publishing Director, British Vogue
- David C. Peters, Advisory Board Director, Board Intelligence Ltd
- Tim Campbell MBE, Head of Client Services, Alexander Mann
- Donna Herdsman, Director, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
- Oba Nsugbe QC, Head of Chambers, Pump Court Chambers
- Daniel Taylor, Managing Director, MDC Group
- Kenneth Tharp CBE, Freelance Arts Professional
- Sandie Okoro, General Counsel, World Bank
- Sarah Gregory, Inclusion and Diversity Partner, Baker McKenzie
In addition to BNP Paribas major sponsors have included Microsoft, Virgin Money, Cisco, JP Morgan, Barclays, Baker McKenzie, Bloomberg, MediaCom, EY, MeWe360 and BP.
Nominations can be submitted here www.thebbbawards.com/nominate/
The deadline for nominations is 30th April 2018.
Previous winners of the Black British Business Person of the Year include:
2017: Andrew Ramroop OBE, Creative Director and Master Tailor at Maurice Sedwell
2016: Chi Chi Nwanoku MBE, FRAM, Founder of The Chineke! Foundation
2015: Gary Elden, Chief Executive of SThree
2014: Margaret Casely-Hayford, Chairman, Action Aid UK
The Telegraph, for the second-year running will be the national media partner for the Black British Business Awards.
For further information visit www.thebbbawards.com
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