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Black men mean business with entrepreneur-focused events

PARTNERSHIPS: Karl George MBE (left) and Kweku Adoboli, Culture and Systems Advisor

TWO UPCOMING events will keep the spotlight on business in Birmingham’s black communities, following the launch of an instructional book by one the corporate scene’s leading lights.

On October 13 at the University College Birmingham McIntyre House, business coach and speaker Errol Lawson will share the results of recent research conducted by Emerge Leadership UK at an event entitled 'How to Scale Up and Stand Out.' The event has been billed as a conference for “entrepreneurs, business owners and conference for business owners, corporate leaders who are solving meaningful problems.”

It will unpack the key findings from research completed with over 16,000 business owners, including that most business owners are overworked and under-recognised. An incredible 62% of those polled admit to being often overlooked despite having value to offer and 68% claim they trade time for money and can’t take a holiday without the business suffering.

Lawson countered:

“But, according to our research, a small group of high achievers are standing out and scaling-up. If you're interested in knowing how to grow your business we'd love to have you join us.”

A follow-up, 'How to Scale Up and Stand Out' event will take place in London next year at a date yet to be announced.

AVAILABLE NOW: Karl George MBE offers readers valuable tips

The Men of Colour Business Conference will follow on October 30 at the Royal Bank of Scotland at Brindley Place, Birmingham to address the financial, physical, mental and spiritual influences that affect men of colour in business.

Billed as part of the Black History Month celebrations in the city, the conference will explore money management, starting, growing and scaling your business, plus health and nutrition, increasing social impact and networking. It will also feature the rollout of the new Trinity Business Programme – an intensive business coaching programme designed to specifically for entrepreneurs from minority backgrounds.

A conference spokesperson said:

“For too long, men of colour have struggled with the idea of being successful. Many struggle with their own sense of identity, masculinity and business success. But a new generation of diverse entrepreneurs are emerging, and this empowering conference will launch a positive shift on what it means to be a man of colour in business!”

The conference will feature the talents of a triumvirate of the Midlands’ rising stars: Joel Blake, whose 15 years’ success in entrepreneurship netted an OBE for his services to business support and enterprise last year; Carl Hart, Managing Director of the Gorilla Group - a multifaceted real estate company who has also founded financial and property development and entrepreneurial training organisations plus Malikha McDonald, award-winning entrepreneur and international public speaker with a track record of success that includes working in the NHS, criminal Justice system and a local education authority.

These events follow hot on the heels of the latest exploits by Karl George MBE, accountant turned international business consultant, who has released his new book, The Effective Board Member – What Every Board Member Should Know.

The book aims to inform readers how to make an even more significant contribution to the governance of any organisation. It offers a practical, 'no nonsense' guide to becoming a high-performing board director or charity trustee, in turn improving the effectiveness of boards.

George said:

“A well-governed business in the private sector enjoys financial success and growth in a sustainable and ethical way. Good or bad governance affects us all, whether it is through your child’s education, the delivery of health and local services or the workings of big corporations and major employers. Good governance is not an option. It’s not just about sticking to rules and regulations. It’s not a function.”


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