The Black British Business Awards, now in its sixth year, has announced its 2019 finalists representing some of the country’s very best black talent across a range of industries.
Launched in Britain in 2014, the awards aim to celebrate and recognise “the often unsung contributions of exceptional black business professionals and entrepreneurs” in arts and media, consumer and luxury, entrepreneurs, financial services, professional services, and STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths).
Melanie Eusebe, chair and co-founder of the awards, said that each year “unearths such an impressive pool of talent and this year is no different. We are celebrating a stand-out range of business aptitude”, which she hopes will change stereotypes.
“I’m very proud of what’s happening in the UK right now, but there’s an imbalance to representation. Even though I have been exposed to different types of black people in their fields, there is black talent that we’re not seeing,” Ms Eusebe said.
Nominees were judged on turnover, profit and their “ability to help the British economy”, she added.
One of this year’s finalists is Born Barikor, chief executive and founder of Our Parks, an initiative that works in partnership with local authorities to ensure that free and easy access to exercise is available to local communities in parks.