Fi­nal­ists named for awards to cel­e­brate black busi­ness

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Business - Is­abelle Fraser By

THE Black Bri­tish Busi­ness Awards has an­nounced the fi­nal­ists for a se­ries of prizes to cel­e­brate trail­blaz­ing mem­bers and ris­ing stars of the black Bri­tish busi­ness com­mu­nity.

The awards have set out to find “ex­cep­tional per­for­mance and out­stand­ing achievements of black en­trepreneurs and pro­fes­sion­als”. Me­lanie Eusebe, chair­man and co-founder of the Black Bri­tish Busi­ness Awards, said: “We are thrilled to be cel­e­brat­ing both the launch of our re­search pa­per and the wealth of tal­ented, ex­cep­tional busi­ness peo­ple as fi­nal­ists of the 2017 awards this month.

“From cre­ative en­trepreneurs to sea­soned bankers, the awards con­tinue to un­cover a healthy pipeline of role models who are break­ing through stereo­types and chang­ing the game for UK In­dus­try.”

There are cat­e­gories across busi­ness, in­clud­ing fi­nan­cial ser­vices, con­sumer and lux­ury, pro­fes­sional ser­vices, STEM in­dus­tries, arts and me­dia, and for en­trepreneurs.

The judg­ing panel is chaired by So­phie Chan­dauka, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Mor­gan Stan­ley’s le­gal and com­pli­ance divi­sion in EMEA.

Pre­vi­ous win­ners of the Black Bri­tish Busi­ness Per­son of the Year include Chi-chi Nwanoku, the founder of The Chineke! Foun­da­tion, who won last year; Gary Elden, chief ex­ec­u­tive of SThree, and Mar­garet Casely-Hay­ford, the chair­man of Ac­tion Aid UK.

The Daily Tele­graph is a me­dia part­ner for the awards, and they are be­ing spon­sored by Baker McKen­zie, Bloomberg, BNP Paribas, Bar­clays, Cisco, JP Mor­gan, MDC Group, Me­di­aCom, Thom­son Reuters and Vir­gin Money.

The win­ners will be an­nounced dur­ing a cer­e­mony at Lon­don’s Grange St Paul’s Ho­tel on Oc­to­ber 19.

Find the full list of fi­nal­ists at bbba

Me­lanie Eusebe, chair­man of the Black Bri­tish Busi­ness Awards, said there is a wealth of tal­ent this year

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