The UK Black Business Show (UKBBS) took place on October 14th 2017 at the Queen Elizabeth II Centre in Central London.
In the words of the team behind the event, UKBBS was created to “created to inspire and connect black business owners and professionals working in various industries.”
Boy did it deliver.
The exhibition room was packed with companies striving to make a difference in their communities, speakers shared honest stories of starting and growing their businesses, plus people made connections that could lead to future collaborations or business partnerships.
The first session was run by the Solomon Smith and Dr. Mahamed Hashi from Brixton Soup Kitchen, they talked about their story of starting the charity, how they leveraged local newspapers to obtain national press and detailed how many lives they impacted with their excellent work.
He also talked about the need to self-fund your ideas. One key takeaway was consistency is critical to building a loyal fan base on YouTube.
Damian Melville from Melville & Daughters Funeral Directors had a fascinating talk. Not often you get to learn about the funeral business.
He explained why more empathy is needed in the funeral business as his competitors focus too much on the bottom line, plus the need for more black ownership.
Kojo Amin and Annika Allen from The Colour Network outlined the Future of Black British Entertainment, and they expressed the need for better support for our talent in the UK.
William Adoasi from Vitae London told his story about quitting his well-paid job to start a watch company that with each purchase pays for a child’s school uniform in South Africa, enabling the children to go to school and get an education.
He said having the patience to plan an equity crowdfunding campaign gives you the best chance of success, as well as building an email list before launching so that you can close more of your crowdfund raise a lot sooner.
Hanna Akintoye from UK Black Owned (UKBOB) deep dived into the necessity of group economics in the black community, putting out your ideas how she and her co-founder created a directory of over 700 UK Black-owned businesses.
Massive congrats to the team behind UKBBS, they outdid themselves with the event.
I can’t wait for next year’s event to see more businesses exhibiting, more speakers and forge new relationships with fellow black business owners and professionals.