Black British Business Awards announce 2021 finalists

Finalists have been uncovered for this year’s Black British Enterprise Awards, an once-a-year party that celebrates the achievements of some of the UK’s best corporate bosses and entrepreneurs.

Now in its eighth year, the awards emphasize “exceptional company talent” across six industries: arts and media buyer and luxurious start out-ups fiscal companies experienced companies and STEM (science, tech, engineering and maths).

Amid the 39 businesspeople shortlisted are Taponeswa Mavunga, director of Africa at Sony New music Uk, Akima Paul-Lambert, litigation companion at Hogan Lovells, and Edgar Chibaka and Jamal Tahlil, co-founders of Leeds-primarily based security firm Initial Response Team.

Sophie Chandauka, co-founder and chair of the awards, mentioned: “Our finalists have sent great professional price throughout sectors in volatile marketplaces, where business owners in specific have been decimated.

“They have been strategic advisors to their businesses and boards as international companies are challenged by buyers to address systemic racism.

“Despite the pandemic and social unrest, they are fiercely aggressive, imaginative and commercially savvy. They are international in their outlook and ambition, and stand for the pretty very best of currently being British in a publish-pandemic, put up-Brexit Europe.”

Segun Osuntokun of regulation agency Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner was named black British businessperson of 2020 at last year’s ceremony.