Hosted by Mosique Lavontelle
09:50 – 09:55
Global Head of Channels, HSBC
10:00 – 11:00
Traffic Sales & Profit: How to Build a Multi-Million Pound Business Using Digital Marketing Strategies
Drawing on real-life case studies and years of expertise with US-based startups, this talk will cut through the noise to deliver actionable insights. You’ll leave equipped with a clear roadmap and practical tools to drive more traffic, convert more sales, and generate more profit. This is a must-attend for anyone committed to scaling their business in the digital age.
Lamar Tyler, Founder, Tyler New Media and TSP
11:05 – 11:50
Harnessing the Power of Intrapreneurship
Business may not be for everybody, but understanding the concept of intrapreneurship and its distinction from entrepreneurship is an avenue worth exploring.
Our panel of seasoned intrapreneurs will explore the transformative potential of intrapreneurship and its impact on career trajectory and organisational success.
Corporate and Investment Banking, Managing Director, J.P.Morgan,
Director, Essentialise and Male Allies UK
Founder and CEO, Ruebik
Partner, Financial Accounting Advisory Services, EY
Lorraine Wright-Boateng MBE
Strategic Advisor, Lorraine Wright-Boateng Consulting
11:55 – 12:35
Hear fresh and innovative Black-owned businesses present to investors, buyers and top-level executives.
Creative Director, Haico
Founder/CEO, Digital Oasis
Manager, Iuvo Skincare
Climate and Fintech VC
Claudine Reid MBE
Award-winning Business Psychologist & Social Entrepreneur
Founder and CEO, UK Black Business Show & Week
Managing Director, Digital, Business & Commercial Bank, Lloyds Banking Group
12:50 - 13:20
The Value of the Black Pound
Join us for a discussion on the economic power of the Black pound in the UK. Our panellists will explore the spending power of Black consumers, the impact of Black businesses on the UK economy, and the opportunities YOU can seize upon!
CEO of BACKLIGHT, Founder of The Black Pound Report
CEO, The Eman Effect, Senior Partner, Belvedere Wealth Management
13:25 – 14:05
Careers Panel – Navigating the future of work - Prepare to succeed!
In an ever-evolving professional landscape, this panel brings careers climbers together to empower you with the tools, strategies, and insights needed to thrive in today’s modern workplace and excel in the careers paths of the future. From technological advancements to changing workplace dynamics, and futureproofing your career, gain invaluable guidance on adapting, growing, and excelling in your career journey.
DJ and Founder, SocialFixt
Consultant & Founder of EY Outreach
14.05 – 14.35
Building a Founder Mindset
Starting a business can feel like a giant leap into the unknown and can be risky – more than half don’t make it to five years. How do you make the mindset shift from employee to entrepreneur, then adapt as you grow, overcoming setbacks along the way? How much do you share with your team and when? How does this impact the culture of the organisation you create?
Co-Founder and Chairman, Jellyfish
Co-founder, Loud Parade
Founder, 3 Colours Rule and Global Tech Advocates – Black Women in Tech
Deputy Editor, The Times Enterprise Network, The Times and The Sunday Times
14:40 – 15:20
Trend Forecast: The Future of the Fashion Industry
Trends come and go, but change and innovation is inevitable, so what’s next in the world of fashion?
In this enlightening discussion with some of fashion’s most influential voices, designers and innovators, we delve into topics such as careers in fashion, sustainable fashion, technological disruption, consumer empowerment and design and creativity.
Eunice Olumide MBE
Scottish Supermodel Art Curator, Olumide Gallery LTD
Creative Director of DCN & founder, DressCodeNation
Nicholas ‘Dex’ Amfo-Gyamera
Lifestyle Entrepreneur, Founder of ODF Clothing
Course Leader of Fashion Marketing & Senior Lecturer, University of East London
15:25 – 16:05
Resilience in Business – In conversation with…
Starting, maintaining and growing a business is not easy, especially in today’s challenging environment. For the UK’s start-ups and entrepreneurs, resilience is a common and vital characteristic.
For Wycliffe, that resilience started with his childhood in Uganda and has continued with his coffee business Blue Turaco. In this session, Wycliffe will share his story, the challenges he’s overcome (both in business and personally) and the lessons he’s learned in building a successful business.
For Ama, her business grew from pandemic unemployment to receiving her first million a year later, she has also faced battles with needing to rename and ownership rights. Both of our panellists will discuss personal resilience and also how they ensured their businesses had the financial resilience to withstand unexpected challenges.
Founder, Blue Turaco Coffee
Global Head of Channels, HSBC
16:10 – 17:00
In conversation with...
Journalist, Author, and Podcaster
International DEI Program Manager and Co-Author, Twice as Hard
17:05 – 18:00
Closing Keynote and Q&A
In Conversation with Steven Bartlett
Founder & Former CEO of Social Chain, Investor & Entrepreneur
Founder and CEO, UK Black Business Week & UK Black Business Show
Hosted by Anya James, Co-founder, Brown Skin Girls Network and Jane John-Lewis, Doctoral Engineer and Surgical Robotics Tech Consultant, Brown Skin Girls Network
9.25 – 9.30
Welcome from hosts
Co-founder, Brown Skin Girls Network
Doctoral Engineer and Surgical Robotics Tech Consultant, Brown Skin Girls Network
10:00 – 10:30
Empowering change: The business of social enterprise
For this session, we take a deep dive into the intersection of business and social impact.
Our panellists will discuss the models, strategies, and challenges associated with building and sustaining successful social enterprises, as well as share their firsthand experiences, inspiring stories, and valuable insights gained from navigating the ever-evolving landscape of purpose-driven business.
Chief Executive Officer, Solve CYVC CIC, Solve Housing Limited
Founder, Atls Blk and Not so Micro
Founder of BelEve UK
10:30 – 11:00
Empowering aspiring entrepreneurs through franchising
In this session, you’ll hear about how franchising can empower aspiring entrepreneurs to realise their ambition to run their own businesses, and how McDonald’s has been part of this journey with our franchisees to give back to their community and empower their people.
Franchisee Recruitment & Reputation Consultant, McDonald’s Restaurants Ltd
11:05 – 11:35
How to boost your leadership skills and your business in 12 weeks
Would you like to take your business to the next level but lack the knowledge and confidence to make it happen? The Help to Grow: Management Course helped Bayile Adeoti and Amanda Townsend boost their leadership skills and their business performance. 90% government funded, Help to Grow: Management is a 50-hour leadership course. Available for senior managers and leaders at organisations employing between 5 and 249 people, the course includes 12 modules, 10 hours of 1-2-1 mentoring, peer support sessions and entry to the Help to Grow: Management Alumni Network. Delivered over 12 weeks in 60 different locations across the UK, the course has already enabled SME leaders to increase turnover, reduce operating costs and develop a more resilient business. Join this panel to hear why Bayile and Amanda signed up for the course, their learnings, and how their business and leadership has benefitted.
Managing Director, Dechomai Ltd., President, Scottish Women in Business (SWIB)
Founder and Director, Pharus Training
11:40 – 11:45
Vimbai Vicky Goredema
Director, VCK Accounting Services Ltd
11:55 – 12:55
Meet the Experts Roundtables
Spaces limited to 20 per table
1. Nurturing your well-being as an entrepreneur
Through engaging conversations and shared experiences, we’ll discuss effective strategies to prioritise self-care amidst the demands of entrepreneurship.
Discover how nurturing your well-being can enhance productivity, boost creativity, and prevent burnout. Explore ways to monetize your hobbies or just simply enjoy them as a source of relaxation and rejuvenation.
2. Empowering Black Entrepreneurs for the Green Economy: Preparing for a Sustainable Future
This session aims to provide valuable insights and practical strategies to help black entrepreneurs harness the opportunities presented by the green economy. We will explore topics such as sustainable business practices, renewable energy, eco-friendly technologies, and sustainable financing options.
By discussing success stories, challenges, and best practices, we aim to empower black entrepreneurs to lead the way in driving positive environmental change while building successful and sustainable businesses.
3. Leveraging Tech and AI to enhance business processes.
Engage in stimulating discussions, gain actionable strategies, and learn from real case studies that demonstrate how integrating tech and AI can streamline workflows, enhance decision-making, and unlock new avenues for growth.
AI Automation Specialist, Codeless Launch Squad
4. The Pivot: Learn how to leverage your strengths and monetise your passions.
Feeling unfulfilled in your career? Here you’ll learn the framework that will allow you to successfully pivot in your career and turn your passion into profit.
(PLEASE NOTE THIS SESSION WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE GALLERY BAY)
Career Architect & Corporate Trainer, GIBUS Consulting
5. The Future of Music, Creativity and Beyond
(PLEASE NOTE THIS SESSION WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE GALLERY BAY)
Founder and CEO, Defenders Ent & Digital Holdings
Program Manager, Foundervine
13:15 – 13:45
Credit Scores: Every business has one. Learn how to improve it and use it.
Every trading business has a credit score no matter how small. But what does a ‘good’ credit score really mean; it is the key to accessing credit to help a business survive and thrive, but more fundamentally it is a highly predictive indicator of the longevity of a business; how likely is it to survive the next 12 months? As well explaining why a credit score is a vital survival and growth tool for any small business owner, this session will explain what goes into a business credit score, how it relates to the owner’s personal credit score and give tips on how a business can maximise its score.
Consumer Affairs Manager, Experian
Director Strategy and Innovation, Experian
13:50 – 14:20
Selling Overseas: How I grew my business and lessons I learnt
Join Bolaji Sofoluwe, co-Founder & MD of ETK Group Ltd and Shalom Lloyd, CEO of Naturally Tribal Skincare Ltd and find out how they turned their businesses in successful companies selling internationally. Full of fascinating insights and tips to help you take your business overseas, listen to expert advice from business owners like you. Answering key questions such as:
- How did they get started and take those first steps into export?
- How did they find their first customer?
- What challenges did they face and what would they do differently today?
- What support did they have and how did the Dept for Business and trade help?
- What are their top tips to finance growth?
Hosted by Mark Burkett, Export Academy Adviser from the DBT, come along to this session and find out more about how to grow your business and the free support from the UK Export Academy . There will also be a Q&A session as part of this event.
co-Founder & MD of ETK Group Ltd
CEO of Naturally Tribal Skincare Ltd
Export Academy, DBT
14:25 – 14:55
The Power of Cultural Identity in Building Inclusive Brands
Join us at the intersection of entrepreneurship and innovation on the transformative potential of embracing diversity as a business strategy. This panel, featuring remarkable Black entrepreneurs, will explore the infusion of cultural identities into brands and products, shedding light on how authenticity plays a pivotal role in shaping a more inclusive and vibrant business ecosystem.
Moderated by Square, this discussion will delve deep into how embracing cultural identity can serve as a driving force behind the creation of inclusive, forward-thinking brands.
Founder, My Runway Group
Owner, Vegan Shack
Head of Payment Partners & Operations UK, Square
15:00 – 15:40
Producing a Successful Start Up Loan Application: What to know before you apply
The primary aim of the Start-Up Loans programme is to ensure that viable start-ups and early-stage businesses have access to the finance and support they need to thrive. The programme has backed 103,577 businesses, providing £983m of funding since 2012. This workshop will provide you with crucial information about Start Up Loans; including how they work, the eligibility criteria, and repayments, as well as useful tips and techniques for producing a Start Up Loan application.
Discover how to access the free guides for start-ups, plus business planning templates, and more about British Business Bank’s impressive work with RNIB and Sign Live to make their guides and contacting their customer service team more accessible.
Learn about British Business Bank’s exciting courses with the Open University, which provide a rich source of information on topics such as business essentials, sustainability and mental health.
Senior Customer Experience Manager, Start Up Loans, British Business Bank
Senior Customer Service Advisor at Start Up Loans, British Business Bank
15:40 – 16:30
Mastering E-commerce: Growing your Online presence to Generate Revenue
Ready to take your business to the next level in the digital realm? Join us for an insightful workshop that delves into the heart of e-commerce and online growth. Discover the secrets behind attracting potential customers, optimising conversions, and fostering long-term relationships with customers. With a focus on practical techniques, you’ll walk away with actionable insights to enhance your online presence and navigate the ever-evolving e-commerce landscape.
16:35 – 17:05
Gen-Z and the Boardroom: Empowered and Excelling
For this dynamic session, we sit down with our panel of Gen-z professionals who will be sharing their insights into climbing the corporate ladder and excelling in their careers. They will discuss how they navigate challenges unique to their generation. while utilising their tech-savvy skills and adaptability to achieve success in their respective fields, while making an impact on their peers.
Head of Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging, Tap In
Founder & Senior Product Designer, Hummmmble
CEO, The Gen Z Club
Co-Founder and CEO of SocialPro and RAPVILLE
Founder, SixtySix Agency
Join one of these hands on, interactive sessions held behind closed doors.
11:00 – 11:30
How to Attract More Customers to Your Business
If you have no paying customers you have no business. You don’t want a better website, or a better logo what you really want is more customers. Learn how to get more people interested in your business, from someone that’s been there and done it and taught thousands.
Entrepreneur and Business Growth Consultant
11.35 – 12.35
Elevate Your Voice: Mastering the Art of Public Speaking Masterclass
In a world where effective communication is paramount, the “Elevate Your Voice: Mastering the Art of Public Speaking Masterclass” is your opportunity to unlock the power of persuasive and impactful speech. This dynamic seminar is designed to equip participants with the essential skills and confidence to become compelling speakers, whether in front of a small group or a large audience.
Dr. Byron Cole & Bianca Miller-Cole
Founders, Self Made
13:00 – 14:30
Scale Up Sessions – What’s stopping you from scaling?
Honest Insights with those on the journey
Held behind closed doors, this is a unique opportunity to network with fellow business owners and to hear and share stories and valuable advice with Black entrepreneurs who are taking their businesses to the next level. You’ll also hear from an HSBC economist on the key trends most likely to affect your business in the coming years.
An exclusive opportunity for 20 founders on the journey to scaling their businesses to participate in this intimate discussion.
The session will be hosted by international trade expert, Stefan Johnson of HSBC who will be joined by Kameese Davis, Director and Founder of Nylah UK, and Chris Hare, Economist at HSBC who will also be providing key insights.
*Places are limited to companies generating minimum of £100,000+ annual turnover.
Senior Business Development Manager, HSBC UK
Founder, Nylah UK
14:35 – 15:05
Self Awareness and Acceptance Taster Session
Join us for a snapshot of our in-depth Self Awareness and Acceptance Workshop tailored for Black professionals and business owners during UK Black Business Week. This taster will provide you with a glimpse into the powerful tools and insights that can drive both personal and professional growth.