Eventsuncut had the privilege of sponsoring and co-organising last week’s UK Black Business Show!
The event, created to inspire and connect black business owners and professionals working in various industries, took place at the Queen Elizabeth II Centre on Saturday 14th October 2017.
The venue played a major part in redefining the attitude surrounding ‘black’ events. Very often ‘black’ events perceived as substandard. The UK Black Business Show team were determined to quell that myth and show that we can produce something of a high quality that exhibitors, sponsors and visitors could be proud of.
The QEII Centre is in Westminster, a stone’s throw away from Parliament. Although this has its own issues (high tourist footprint, expensive parking and limited food options), it also has far more positives. The venue was recently refurbished and helped to set the scene for a professional, clean-cut event.
The event featured an exhibition of 25 UK black businesses including NHS Blood and Transplant, The Nelson Mandela Foundation, Nylah, Vitae London and many more. They all showcased their brilliant offerings and there was something for everyone; from Noir Excel a Financial Advice service to The Children’s Corner which featured three black British authors Casey Elisha, Rachel Beckles and Lorraine O’Garro
Alongside the exhibition was a full day of seminars which touched on topics such as Business and Charity as well as The Future of Black British Entertainment. The day was inspiring to say the least with powerful and influential speakers such as Kojo Anim (comedian and co-founder of The Colour Network), Bianca Miller (Runner Up of The Apprentice in 2014 and Founder of The Be Group and Bianca Miller London) and Solomon Smith & Dr Mahamed Hashi (Founders of The Brixton Soup Kitchen)
What struck me the most about this event was the feeling and sense of community! It was unlike your typical trade show in that everyone was there to not only boost their own brand but also to help boost everyone else’s. I was almost overwhelmed with positive vibes and a sense of a wider network in a room full of strangers!
The seminar sessions ended with the UKBBS Den (a Dragon’s Den style session), which saw startup founders pitch their business ideas to a panel including renowned branding expert Kubi Springer (She Builds Brands), Kojo Anim and his co-founder Annika Allen (Co-owner of The Colour Network and host/founder of Queensndreams podcast). We heard from brilliant start-ups including Jamii (A discount card for black-owned businesses), WynterSun Carnival Holidays and the winner Westlink (an influencer marketing platform for ad agencies: http://www.westlink.io/).
The founder of Westlink, Kori, won a trip to Barbados; thanks to The Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc, a one on one session with one of the judges and a stand at the show next year!
The day was rounded up with a VIP Networking Party which took place at Smiths of Smithfield’s in Clerkenwell!
This was an event to remember! And with endorsements from the Mayor of London and the Rio Ferdinand Foundation, the sky is the limit for the UK Black Business Show!
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This article originally appeared on http://www.eventsuncut.com/2017/10/18/eventsuncut-uk-black-business-show/