Black British Business Awards announce 2020 finalists


The Black British Business Awards, now in its seventh 12 months, has declared its 2020 finalists representing some of the country’s best black talent across a array of industries.

Introduced in Britain in 2014, the awards aim to celebrate and recognise “the generally unsung contributions of outstanding black organization experts and entrepreneurs” in arts and media, consumer and luxury, entrepreneurs, economic solutions, skilled solutions, and STEM (science, technological innovation, engineering and maths).

The finalists this year have been picked not only for their own and skilled achievements, but against the tumultuous backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic and the resurgence of the Black Lives Issue motion. 

Melanie Eusebe and Sophie Chandauka, co-founders termed this year’s finalists “some of the most established and revolutionary black leaders in the United kingdom”.

“What particularly shines by means of is the range of professions from a founder of a groundbreaking equine diet system to a book publisher and taking care of administrators at top economic companies. These outstanding people today ought to be particularly happy of their achievements, they are inspiring the next era of black talent to challenge conference and follow in their footsteps.”

The Telegraph is a media husband or wife for the awards, the primary sponsors for which include JP Morgan, Barclays, Baker McKenzie, Bloomberg, Facebook, Fortnum and Mason, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and Wells Fargo. 

The winners for every single classification will be declared for the duration of a digital awards ceremony on Oct 2.

The finalists

Arts & Media Growing Star

  • Magdalene Abraha – Publisher at Jacaranda Guides
  • Malakaï Sargeant – Director of Theatre Peckham
  • Nnena Nwakodo – Producer at Bartle Bogle Hegarty

Arts & Media Chief of the 12 months

  • Anthony Andrews – Co-founder and Innovative Director of We Are Parable
  • Denise Maxwell – Director and Guide Photographer at Lensi Photography
  • Gail Babb – Lecturer and Deputy Director of BA Overall performance at Goldsmith College

Customer & Luxury Growing Star

  • Iré Hassan-Odukale – Managing Director at Ikoyi
  • Rachael Corson and Joycelyn Mate – Co-founders of Afrocenchix
  • Sarah-Jane Bampoe-Addo – Senior Plan Supervisor at Amazon

Customer & Luxury Chief of the 12 months

  • Brandie Deignan – Managing Director at Marco Pierre White Eating places
  • Nigel and Victoria Ogunniyi – Co-founders of FAVOUR Catering and Gatherings
  • Sandra Murphy – Founder of Equidiet United kingdom Ltd