Main Stage

Hosted by Mosique Lavontelle

09:50 – 09:55

Welcome Address

Raphael Sofoluke
Founder and CEO, UK Black Business Show & Week
Temi Ofong
Global Head of Channels, HSBC

10:00 – 11:00

Opening Keynote

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.

Mose Adigun
Corporate and Investment Banking, Managing Director, J.P.Morgan,
Lee Chambers
Director, Essentialise and Male Allies UK
Christina Brooks
Founder and CEO, Ruebik
Jane Musyoki
Partner, Financial Accounting Advisory Services, EY
Lorraine Wright-Boateng MBE
Strategic Advisor, Lorraine Wright-Boateng Consulting
Presented by

JP Morgan

11:55 – 12:35

The Launchpad

Hear fresh and innovative Black-owned businesses present to investors, buyers and top-level executives.

Stephenie Brown
Owner, Evelyn’s
Kit Ahweyevu
CEO, Mindweaver
Ravelle Leacock
Creative Director, Haico
Ayan Mohamed
Founder/CEO, Digital Oasis
Shani Gabbidon
Manager, Iuvo Skincare
Chenelle Ansah
Climate and Fintech VC
Claudine Reid MBE
Award-winning Business Psychologist & Social Entrepreneur
Raphael Sofoluke
Founder and CEO, UK Black Business Show & Week
Simon Kenyon
Managing Director, Digital, Business & Commercial Bank, Lloyds Banking Group
Gihan Hyde
CEO, CommUnique
Presented by

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!

In conversation:
Lydia Amoah
CEO of BACKLIGHT, Founder of The Black Pound Report
Emmanuel Asuquo
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.

Mercedes Benson
DJ and Founder, SocialFixt
Yeshua Carter
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?

Josephine Philips
Founder, Sojo
Rob Pierre
Co-Founder and Chairman, Jellyfish
Rahmon Agbaje
Co-founder, Loud Parade
Flavilla Fongang
Founder, 3 Colours Rule and  Global Tech Advocates – Black Women in Tech
Hannah Prevett
Deputy Editor, The Times Enterprise Network, The Times and The Sunday Times
Presented by

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
Patrick Adjaye
Creative Director of DCN & founder, DressCodeNation
Nicholas ‘Dex’ Amfo-Gyamera
Lifestyle Entrepreneur, Founder of ODF Clothing
Jason Forrest
Course Leader of Fashion Marketing & Senior Lecturer, University of East London
Sponsored by

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.

Ama Amo-Agyei
Founder, Plantmade
Wycliffe Sande
Founder, Blue Turaco Coffee
Temi Ofong
Global Head of Channels, HSBC
Presented by


16:10 – 17:00

In conversation with...

Reni Eddo-Lodge
Journalist, Author, and Podcaster
Opeyemi Sofoluke
International DEI Program Manager and Co-Author, Twice as Hard

17:05 – 18:00

Closing Keynote and Q&A
In Conversation with Steven Bartlett

Steven Bartlett
Founder & Former CEO of Social Chain, Investor & Entrepreneur
Moderated by:
Raphael Sofoluke
Founder and CEO, UK Black Business Week & UK Black Business Show

Seminar Stage

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

Anya James
Co-founder, Brown Skin Girls Network
Jane John-Lewis
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.

Craig Pinkney
Chief Executive Officer, Solve CYVC CIC, Solve Housing Limited
Melvin Riley
Founder, Atls Blk and Not so Micro

Moderated by:

Marsha Powell
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.

Rajeena Gurung
Franchisee Recruitment & Reputation Consultant, McDonald’s Restaurants Ltd
Presented by

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.

Bayile Adeoti
Managing Director, Dechomai Ltd., President, Scottish Women in Business (SWIB)
Amanda Townsend
Founder and Director, Pharus Training
Presented by

11:40 – 11:45

Business Pitches

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.

Facilitated by:
Ngozi Cadmus
CEO, Happiworkers

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.

Facilitated by:
Jordan Bamford
CEO, Sustainable2

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.

Facilitated by:
Yommy Ojo
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.


Facilitated by:
Garvey Seaton
Career Architect & Corporate Trainer, GIBUS Consulting

5. The Future of Music, Creativity and Beyond


Corey Johnson
Founder and CEO, Defenders Ent & Digital Holdings
Laverne Thomas
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.

John Webb
Consumer Affairs Manager, Experian
Scott Harrison
Director Strategy and Innovation, Experian
Sponsored by

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.

Bolaji Sofoluwe
co-Founder & MD of ETK Group Ltd
Shalom Lloyd
CEO of Naturally Tribal Skincare Ltd
Facilitated by:
Mark Burkett
Export Academy, DBT
Sponsored by

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.

KoJo Marfo
Founder, My Runway Group
Dimeji Sadiq
Owner, Vegan Shack
Moderated by:
Samina Husain-Letch
Head of Payment Partners & Operations UK, Square
Presented by

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.

Gillian McLaren
Senior Customer Experience Manager, Start Up Loans, British Business Bank
Sajeel Pervaiz
Senior Customer Service Advisor at Start Up Loans, British Business Bank
Presented by

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. 

Facilitated by:
Nathaniel Wade
Co-founder, Wakuda
Presented by

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.


Tiana Holgate
Head of Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging, Tap In
Mabintou Kolley
Founder & Senior Product Designer, Hummmmble
Austin Okolo
CEO, The Gen Z Club
Junior Makame
Co-Founder and CEO of SocialPro and RAPVILLE


Martina Gordeen
Founder, SixtySix Agency

Workshop Room

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.

Hosted by:
Dwain Reid
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.

Facilitated by:
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.

Hosted by:
Stefan Johnson
Senior Business Development Manager, HSBC UK
Kameese Davis
Founder, Nylah UK
Chris Hare
Economist, HSBC
Hosted by

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.

Hosted by:
Aggie Mutuma
CEO, Mahogany Inclusion Partners