The Black British Business Awards: NOMINATIONS ARE NOW OPEN!

Nominations have officially opened for the 2022 Black British Business Awards (The BBBAwards) ahead of their ceremony this coming September. Find out more here.

Now in its ninth year, the BBBAwards celebrates the outstanding achievements of Black British professionals and entrepreneurs.

The event identifies key role models and mentors across a number of different sectors. It highlights the community’s commercial contribution to the UK economy, and it celebrates the exceptional performance and outstanding achievements of Black professionals and business owners in the UK.

This year’s ceremony will be held in London on the 29th September, 2022.

Since it’s inception, the BBBAwards (and its portfolio of change programs) has facilitated impactful and enduring cultural change in companies across multiple different sectors, thus creating greater better representation of exceptional Black executives in senior roles.

Focusing on research-led, impact-oriented initiatives (which have driven the talent agenda), the BBBAwards provides a platform to acknowledge, inspire, and celebrate Black British business champions.

From editors to litigation lawyers, to master tailors to creative directors, the BBBAwards continues to champion talent in ALL sectors. Sophie Chandauka MBE, the Executive Founder and Chair of the Black British Business Awards said: “After successfully navigating the challenges of putting on an Awards Ceremony during the pandemic, we are thrilled to announce that this year’s ceremony will be back on in person.”

“We are calling on individuals and organisations across the UK to put forward their best and brightest talent. It will be an honour to recognise and to reward those who have defied the odds, and who have flourished in an economic and social landscape impacted by the pandemic, – paving the way for future generations to follow in their footsteps,” added Sophie.

The six categories open for nomination for both ‘Rising Stars,’ and ‘Senior Leaders’ includes:

  • Arts and Media (includes media, design, fashion, performance art, publishing and advertising),
  • Consumer and Luxury (includes food, beverage, retail, travel, cosmetics and luxury goods),
  • Entrepreneur (businesses must have been operational for 18+ months prior to April 2022),
  • Financial Services (includes banks, brokers, payment services, insurance and finance regulators),
  • Professional Services (includes law, accounting management consultancy),
  • And STEM (includes health, industrial, telecoms, pharmaceuticals, construction, transport and energy).

For the second year running, the BBBAwards will also be celebrating an individual of a non-Black background, who has been an advocate for diverse equality in business, and who is a leading voice in the advancement of Black talent through the Ally of the Year Award.

In addition to the Awards themselves, the BBBAwards has also contributed to the progression of Black talent advancement through a wide range of important initiatives, including Mentor Mondays, Race in the Boardroom, The Middle Research Report, The Employee Network Leaders Series, and The Global Investor Strategy and Corporate Governance Forum.

For the third year running, J.P.Morgan will be the Key Partner, and will retain this role going into the BBBAwards 10-year anniversary next year. Sponsors include Barclays, Bloomberg, Tranzfar, Wellington Management and Wells Fargo. Also, The Daily Telegraph will be the BBBAwards official Media Partner, for the sixth-year running.

The Black British Business Awards (the BBBAwards) is the ONLY premium awards programme of its kind in the UK. Established in 2014, it has been endorsed by three Prime Ministers, the Mayor of London, and global business leaders.

The BBBAwards has emerged as a powerful change agent for talent advancement in the UK.  From inception, the BBBAwards (in partnership with The Network of Networks (TNON), and Delta Alpha Psi (Delta) has established research-led, high impact initiatives to promote the attraction, retention and advancement of racial and ethnic minorities in the workplace.

Examples of game changer collaborations with Delta and TNON are: 

  • #MentorMondays,
  • Race in the Boardroom,
  • The Middle Research Report,
  • The Mid-Career Talent Accelerator,
  • The eMBA series for Employee Network Leaders,
  • And The Global Investor Strategy and Corporate Governance Forum

These initiatives deliver value to a growing network of over 130 significant multinational corporations, including Bloomberg, Barclays, Cisco, Deloitte, Facebook, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Moody’s, Morgan Stanley, Ralph Lauren, Shell, Virgin, Visa, Webber Shandwick, to name just a few. 

Prior to launching The BBBAwards, Sophie Chandauka MBE was an international corporate finance lawyer and Head of Treasury – Legal at Virgin Money.

Born in Africa, educated in North America, and launching her career as a corporate finance lawyer in one of the leading global law firms from in London, Sophie was “disturbed by the lack of visibility and interest in showcasing the exceptional work of Black people in the UK,” and this inspired her to do something about it.

Fast forward to now, and The BBBAwards are designed to transcend stereotypes, and to:

  • Celebrate the often-unsung contributions of exceptional black professionals and entrepreneurs,
  • Recognise and reward exceptional role models and the businesses that support them,
  • Focus on commercial excellence and business impact,
  • Transcend stereotypes, challenge unconscious bias, and promote social mobility,
  • And inspire confidence in the strength of the ethnic minority talent pipeline across sectors.

Nominations will be open for six weeks, and will close on the 22nd March.

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