11 April 2006
The Rise and Rise of the Black British Entrepreneurs
Succeeding in the private sector.
Four of the UK’s leading black business role models will reveal the secrets of their
success at ‘The Rise and Rise of the Black British Entrepreneurs’ discussion panel
and networking reception at The British Library on Monday 15 May.
The panel comprises Tim Campbell, the winner of BBC2’s The Apprentice in 2005,
Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones, also known as the “Black Farmer” with his own range of
sausages avaialble in all good Supermarkets. Charles Ejogo the founder of Umbrolly
and Yana Johnson founder of Yana Cosmetics. The discussion will be chaired by
radio presenter Dotun Adebayo (Radio Five Live and BBC London).
The black business community forms a vital part of London’s economy. Today there
are more than 10,000 black-owned private sector businesses in London. Black
businesses no longer simply specialise in serving niche markets, but cover many
different mainstream sectors’. Their combined annual turnover exceeds £4.5 billion*,
and they provide over 70,000 jobs to London’s economy.
In celebration of this success, the British Library is holding a panel discussion with
four inspirational entrepreneurs from the black community, allowing audience
members the opportunity to learn from their experience and to be inspired by their
The discussion will also focus on the particular challenges facing black businesses –
getting access to finance, both private and public, finding suitable and affordable
business premises, and finding the right kind of business support.
‘The Rise and Rise of the Black British Entrepreneurs’ is latest of a hugely successful
series of networking events staged by the British Library’s Business & IP Centre.
Isabel Oswell, Head of Business Marketing said: “For anyone who is thinking of
starting their own business, the British Library’s Business & IP Centre is a must. It’s a
fantastic, free resource with market research, news, company and financia