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Black British Business Award winners announced

Sajid Javid MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with Sophie Chandauka and Melanie Eusebe, co-founders of The Black British Business Awards (Credit: Steve Dunlop)

THE CAPITAL gathered to celebrate some movers and shakers of the black British community last night at the Black British Business Awards (BBBA), an event in its third year backed by the London mayor, Prime Minister and a number of global corporate entities.

Sajid Javid, communities secretary, delivered a keynote speech at the ceremony in which he stated the importance of highlighting the contribution being made by the black community within UK enterprise.

He said: “It is inspiring to see the exceptional talent showcased by these awards, and across so many fields. Black business leaders have made great strides over the past few years, with more and more businesses established by members of minority ethnic communities and more diverse companies than ever before.

"However, there is still much more to do, in ensuring that Britain is a place where everyone can succeed, and I commend the work of the Black British Business Awards to both highlight role models and to help advance economic empowerment and equality.”

Melanie Eusebe, chair and co-founder of the awards told The Telegraph: “We are thrilled to be celebrating the wealth of talented exceptional business people as winners of the 2017 awards. 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.”

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

Full list of winners

Black British Business Person of the Year: Andrew Ramroop, Creative Director and Master Tailor at Maurice Sedwell Ltd on Saville Row

Image Award: Adrian Grant, Original concept and Executive Director, Thriller Live

Arts and Media Rising Star: Kymberlee Jay, Founder and Director, DoodleDirect

Arts and Media Leader of the Year: Dr Gus Casely-Hayford, Director, Smithsonian Museum

Consumer and Luxury Rising Star: Chrissa Amuah, Founder and Creative Director, AMWA Designs

Consumer and Luxury Leader of the Year: Sandra Federighi, Global Chief Financial Officer, Stella McCartney

Entrepreneur Rising Star: Martin Ijaha, Co-Founder and CEO, Neyber

Entrepreneur Leader of the Year: Femi Oguns, CEO, Head Agent and Principal, Identity Agency Group and Identity School of Acting

Financial Services Rising Star: Bernard Adjei, Lead Project Manager, Lloyds Banking Group

Financial Services Leader of the Year: Albertha Charles, Partner, PwC

Professional Services Rising Star: Jeremy Boon, Chief of Staff, Analytics and Information Management, Deloitte

Professional Services Leader of the Year: Carolann Edwards, Global Director of Learning and Organisational Development, Norton Rose Fulbright

STEM Rising Star: Siobhan Titre-Johnson, Clinical Trial Manager and PhD Candidate, University College London

STEM Leader of the Year: Andrew F. Alalade, Neurosurgeon, NHS

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