Black British Business Awards announce 2022 finalists

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Finalists have been announced for the 2022 Black British Business Awards, an annual event celebrating some of the country’s top professionals and entrepreneurs.

The awards, established in 2014, highlight “exceptional Black business talent” across six industries: arts and media; consumer and luxury; start-ups; financial services; professional services; and STEM (science, tech, engineering and maths).

Among the 36 businesspeople shortlisted are Patrice Gordon, director of commercial strategy development at Virgin Atlantic, John McCalla-Leacy, partner and UK head of ESG at KPMG, and Kené Umeasiegbu, campaigns director at Tesco.

Sophie Chandauka MBE, co-founder and chairman of the awards, who also works for Facebook’s parent company Meta, said the finalists are “recognised by industry leaders as individuals who are delivering extraordinary value, demonstrating relevance and criticality to some of the most systemically important global corporations following the cataclysmic events of 2020.

“Their works have been featured and celebrated in prestigious venues and festivals internationally including the BAFTAs, Cannes, Guggenheim Museum, Somerset House and The Africa Centre. Our entrepreneurs have ceased this moment to pitch for venture capital, digitise their businesses and compete in marketplaces that were previously impenetrable in the pre-George Floyd era.”

Edgar Chibaka and Jamal Tahlil, co-founders of Leeds-based security company First Response Group, were named black British businesspeople of 2021. Founded in 2007, the company recorded pre-tax profits of £1.7m in the year to July 2021, on turnover of £25m. Previous winners also include Sir Trevor McDonald.

This year’s winners’ ceremony will be held in the City of London on Sep 29. The Daily Telegraph is the media partner for the awards.

The shortlist

Arts and Media Rising Star  

  • Ola Christian, Casting Director & Producer, Levile TV
  • Yinka Ilori, Founder and Creative Director, Yinka Ilori Studio
  • Natalie Morris, Journalist and Author, Freelance

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