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Network helps black e-commerce businesses boom

GIFTED: Paul Johnson and daughter Sabrina

THE FOUNDER of social enterprise The Black Gifted Network has spoken of his ambition to encourage young black people to start up their own e-commerce business.

The BLACKGIFTED programme will deliver training to aspiring entrepreneurs as well as supporting them to access finance for their businesses, which they can then crowdfund.
Paul Johnson told The Voice: “The UK e- commerce industry is worth over £100 billion per year, so our particular focus is on helping young people to start and run their own online business.

“Our business training and support agency will not only train, but help raise funds for businesses and provide support via promo- tional and digital marketing services.”

Speaking about the company’s wider goals, he continued: “Our key objectives are to inspire and proactively promote black businesses and talent via our pioneering online exhibitions displaying the wide range of businesses and talent we have in our community. The exhibitions serve as a preview of the expo conferences and forums we will stage to progress our community socially and economically.

“Our main motivation is to counter the negativity surrounding the black community and to provide a forum for us to implement solutions, to the challenges we face. “We believe that everyone has at least one good idea in them and that we can convince some of our misguided youths to skill up and take advantage of the e-commerce boom. We are all blessed with a gift or talent."

The Black and Gifted Network is hosting its first community expo conference at the Oval Cricket Grounds on October 26-28.

You can support the community campaign by visiting blackgiftednetwork.org/projects/ black-gifted-billion-campaign.

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