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Now open: Nominations for the Black British Business Awards

RECOGNITION: From left - chair of the judging panel Sophie Chandauka of Morgan Stanley, BNP Paribas' Vinay Kapoor and Melanie Eusebe, Chair and Co-Founder of the Black British Business Awards

ORGANISERS OF this year's Black British Business Awards (BBBA), along with sponsors BNP Paribas, have announced that nominations are now open.

The 2017 awards will continue to recognise and reinforce the important contribution made by black British business, professionals and entrepreneurs, as it has done for the past three years.

The BBBA, previously endorsed by Prime Minister Theresa May, is the only premium awards programme of its kind in the UK.

This year’s ceremony will be held at The Grange St Paul’s Hotel, London, on 19 October and will include six industry categories that are to be split into 'rising stars' and leadership awards:

· Financial Services (includes banks, brokers, payment services, insurance companies, credit
card brands and regulators)

· Consumer and Luxury (includes food, beverage, household goods, retail, travel and leisure,
cosmetics, personal and luxury goods)

· Professional Services (includes law, accounting, management consultancy and in-house

· STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, which includes health, industrials,
telecoms, pharmaceuticals, transport and energy)

· Arts and Media (includes all media, design, fashion, performance art, publishing and

· Entrepreneur (operating their own business or social enterprise for over 18 months as of 5
May 2017).

Melanie Eusebe, Chair and Co-Founder of the BBBA commented:

“We are delighted to watch our award winners go from strength to strength, continuing to shatter stereotypes and pave the way for those coming through the pipeline.

"We look forward to meeting this year‘s nominees, who we are certain will contribute to the progression of BME talent in reaching the most senior levels in our organisations and be global ambassadors for British Business.”

Vinay Kapoor, UK Head of Diversity and Inclusion at BNP Paribas said:

“These awards provide a unique platform recognising the achievements of the black British business community in the UK and I’m honoured and pleased to be involved in the review process as a judge.

"Best of luck to all the nominees.”

The judging panel is chaired by Sophie Chandauka, Executive Director and Chief Administrative Officer of Morgan Stanley’s Legal and Compliance Division in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Click here to submit nominations. The deadline for submissions is Tuesday 2 May 2017.

For further information on the BBBA, click here.

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