The finalists of the 2018 Black British Business Awards (BBBAwards) have been announced. This list recognises the trailblazers and rising stars who represent the very best of the UK’s vibrant business sector.
The BBBAwards are the only premium awards programme to celebrate both the exceptional performance and outstanding achievements of black professionals and entrepreneurs in global, small and medium enterprises operating in Great Britain. The BBBAwards uncover inspirational role models; ambassadors who represent the very best talent across various sectors in the British economy. The BBBAwards are designed to transcend stereotypes and highlight the often-unsung contributions of black people to the British economy.
The winners will be announced during a special awards ceremony and evening gala at The Grange St Paul’s Hotel London on 4th October 2018. Endorsed by the Prime Minister, The Rt Hon Theresa May MP, Mayor or London and Secretary of State, the BBBAwards will celebrate its 5th anniversary with a once again, full-house of over 450 senior leaders, industry influencers and high-profile supporters; honouring the enormous success generated over the previous four years.
The BBBAwards is more than just a ceremony. Over the last five years, it has grown into a powerful change agent for the wider BAME talent agenda, creating a hub where businesses share ideas and take away concrete actions to create working environments for all talented
individuals to succeed. In addition, the BBBAwards have launched the following highly impactful initiatives:
- The Middle Research Report in collaboration with EMpower and Bloomberg.
- BAME in the Boardroom in collaboration with Deloitte.
- The Talent Accelerator in collaboration with Virgin Money and hosted by Morgan Stanley.
These initiatives have cemented the BBBAwards position as a leader who is at the forefront of the diversity and inclusion conversation in the UK industry.
Melanie Eusebe, Chair and Co-founder of the Black British Business Awards commented:
“We are thrilled to be celebrating not only the breadth of talented business people as finalists for the 2018 awards, but also the Black British Business Awards 5th year anniversary. Over the last 5 years we have uncovered numerous role models, from creative entrepreneurs to seasoned bankers. These individuals are truly breaking down barriers and stereotypes whilst changing the game for the rest of the UK industry,”
The BBBAwards have also announced that The Telegraph will be their media partner. The main sponsors for the 2018 awards include Baker McKenzie, Barclays, Bloomberg, Cisco, Facebook, J.P. Morgan, MDC Group, PwC, Thomson Reuters and Virgin Money.
The BBBAwards and its finalists have been featured in several news publications and networks including the BBC, City A.M., Sky News, The Evening Standard, The Telegraph, The Times and The Voice.
The 2018 awards will distinguish outstanding black business professionals and entrepreneurs at the top of their game into six diverse industry categories, which celebrate both rising stars and senior leaders awards.