UK Black Business Show Unveils Agenda for Birmingham Black Business Show 2023

Raphael Sofoluke, Founder and CEO of UK Black Business Show

The UK Black Business Show, the organization behind the successful Birmingham Black Business Show, has released the agenda for this year’s highly anticipated event. Scheduled to take place at the NEC on Saturday, June 17, the event aims to foster a sustainable Black business community in the West Midlands, making it the first-of-its-kind in the city.

With a focus on celebrating Black excellence in entrepreneurship and career development, this year’s Birmingham Black Business Show promises attendees a day filled with learning, networking, and inspiration. Raphael Sofoluke, CEO of the UK Black Business Show, unveiled the comprehensive agenda and expressed his excitement about the remarkable talent within the local Black business community.

“We have curated sessions that will empower and inspire, providing invaluable opportunities for growth and networking,” Sofoluke stated. “I am personally excited to witness the impact these sessions will have on our attendees, equipping them with the tools and knowledge to excel in their entrepreneurial and professional journeys. Get ready for a day filled with innovation, connections, and the celebration of Black excellence. I can’t wait to see you all there!”

Among the standout sessions at this year’s event are:

In Conversation With Sir Trevor Mcdonald – 17:05 (Main Stage)

Renowned broadcaster and OBE recipient, Sir Trevor McDonald, will grace the stage for a captivating discussion about his illustrious career. Moderated by Shelley Bishton, Head of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at News UK, the conversation will delve into Sir Trevor’s journey from Trinidad to becoming a prominent figure in the media industry.

Right Mindset for Success (sponsored by HSBC) – 10:20am (Main Stage)

Esteemed entrepreneurs, including Delight Mapasure (Co-Founder, K’s Wors LTD), Denise Myers (CEO, Evenfields, Founder of Black Talent Awards), Atinuke Awe (Founder, Learning with Ez), and Carlton Cummins (Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer, Aceleron), will share their insights on maintaining a positive outlook, balancing personal and business priorities, and inspiring those around them. Stefan Johnson, Senior Business Development Manager at HSBC UK, will host the discussion.

Key Lessons For Building a Social Enterprise – 15:50 (Main Stage)

A panel of inspirational social entrepreneurs, including Marvyn Harrison (Founder Dope Black Dads, BELOVD Agency), Aderonke Apata (Founder, CEO, African Rainbow Family), Maureen Lewis (Chief Officer, Walsall Black Sisters Collective), Matthew Gordon (CEO, Spectra), and Claudine Reid MBE (Social Entrepreneur), will explore strategies for making social enterprises financially sustainable while continuing to create meaningful impact within communities.

Black to Basics – Fundamentals For Startups x Black Women in Business – 14:15 (Seminar Stage)

Justice Williams MBE (Founder, Dream, Plan, Launch) and esteemed panellists Lisa Carter (CEO & Founder, Discussion Box), Pamela Aculey (Founder, Just Like Me Picture Books), and Zoe Bennett (Founder, MBCC Awards) will lead an engaging workshop on the essential steps to building a successful business. The compact 30-minute session will cover topics such as protecting intellectual property and creating multiple income streams.

These are just a few of the highlights from the diverse and exciting lineup of the Birmingham Black Business Show 2023. The event will also feature The Launchpad, where innovative Black-owned businesses will present their ideas to investors, buyers, and top-level executives. Additionally, attendees can explore free features on the show floor, including the Business Advice Hub, Careers Zone, and Scale-up Sessions, where experts will provide one-on-one advice to individuals seeking guidance.

For those looking to engage in dynamic and thought-provoking sessions, attendees can join the “Meet the Experts” roundtable sessions, covering a wide range of topics. These sessions promise to leave participants inspired and motivated.

The day’s events will conclude with an unforgettable after-party, offering a chance for networking and celebration. Attendees, exhibitors, and VIPs are invited to unwind and commemorate another successful year of the Birmingham Black Business Show, complete with entertainment, canapés, and drinks.

The Birmingham Black Business Show is made possible through the generous support of sponsors, including HSBC, Lloyds Bank, Deutsche Bank, Business Growth West Midlands, eBay, B Lab, and the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB). These organizations are dedicated to fostering Black excellence and promoting business growth within the community.

Tickets for the Birmingham Black Business Show start at £30 and can be purchased online, ensuring access to a day filled with invaluable knowledge, networking opportunities, and the celebration of Black entrepreneurship.

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