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Black British Business Awards winners announced

RECOGNISING TRAILBLAZERS: The finalists of this year's Black British Business Awards

THE Black British Business Awards launched in 2014 as the only premium awards programme which recognises and celebrates the exceptional performance and outstanding achievements of black entrepreneurs and professionals throughout the United Kingdom and are constantly searching for new undiscovered talent.

The winners of this year’s Black British Business Awards were announced during a special awards ceremony and evening gala at The Grange St Paul’s Hotel, London, yesterday (October 4).

Endorsed by the prime minister, the mayor of London and the secretary of state, the BBBAwards celebrated its fifth anniversary with a full-house of over 450 senior leaders, industry influencers and high-profile supporters; honouring the enormous success generated over the previous four years. Chizzy Akudolu, star of Strictly Come Dancing 2017 and Master Chef 2018, acted as the compère for the awards.

Melanie Eusebe, chair and co-founder of the Black British Business Awards said: “We are delighted to be celebrating the enormous talent and achievements of this year’s winners of the Black British Business awards 2018. We are proud to say that in five years the BBBAwards have grown exponentially to be much more than a ceremony and are now a suite of programmes that are the reflection of a formidable group of committed sponsors, partners, judges, rising stars and senior leaders coming together to advocate for change.

“From the speciality of the sciences to the beauty and creativity of the arts, the 2018 winners have made significant economic contributions to the financial performance of their organisations, they have continuously demonstrated excellence in their industries, all while using their knowledge and expertise to create opportunities for those who come after them.”

The 2018 awards recognised outstanding black business professionals and entrepreneurs at the top of their game across six diverse industry categories.

The winners for this year’s awards are as follows:

The List of Award Winners:
Black British Business Person of the Year – Roni Savage, founder and managing director of Jomas Associates.

Arts and Media Rising Star – Sam Ajilore, founder and editor of That Grape Juice.

Arts and Media Leader of the Year – Selma Nichollas, Founder and CEO of Looks like Me.

Consumer and Luxury Rising Star – Mark Maciver, CEO SliderCuts.

Consumer and Luxury Leader of the Year – Gerard Crichlow, head and cultural strategy at AMV BBDO.

Entrepreneur Rising Star – Steve Bartlett, CEO and founder of Social Chain.

Entrepreneur Leader of the Year – Dawid Konotey-Ahulu, co-founder of Redington.

Financial Services Rising Star – Ovo Gharoro, head of valuation governance and market data services at M&G Prudential.

Financial Services Leader of the Year – Syreeta Brown, managing director, head of global recruitment strategy and programs at Citi.

Professional Services Rising Star – Kwaku Osei, associate at Linklaters.

Professional Services Leader of the Year – Karen Finlayson, partner at PwC LLP.

STEM Rising Star – Darren Williams, welding systems manager at TWI Ltd.

STEM Leader of the Year – Anne-Marie Headley, strategy HR Business Partner at Uber.

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