The finalists for today’s Black British Business Awards includes managing directors, filmmakers and a star of Dragons’ Den
The Black British Business Awards (BBBA) – the only awards programme recognising the outstanding talent of black entrepreneurs and professionals across the UK – announced its shortlist in September of the year’s most successful and inspirational black businesspeople in financial and professional services, media, consumer and Stem sectors.
The ceremony in London today – to be hosted by award-winning actress Karen Bryson, best known for her role in Channel 4’s cult classic Shameless – looks set to eclipse last year’s event when Sir Trevor McDonald received the lifetime contribution award.
Nominees include such notables as Gavin Stephenson, managing director of Accenture Analysis; Misan Sagay (left), the award-winning filmmaker and screenwriter; and Dragons’ Den success story Chika Russell, nominated for the rising star award in retail, who called time on her seven-year career in investment banking to launch Chika’s – a range of snacks now stocked by Whole Foods, Holland & Barrett and Ocado.
Receiving special recognition from the BBBA this year is Samantha Zoisa Tross, one of the mere five per cent of orthopaedic surgeons who are female and the first of Afro-Caribbean ancestry. She will be receiving the new ‘image award’ for her record of excellence.
The BBBAs are highly significant at a time when awareness of BAME role models remains low. A recent survey by executive search company Audeliss found just one-third (34 per cent) of BAME people could name an ethnic minority business role model. By contrast, 75 per cent of Caucasian respondents could name at least one white business leader. It also found female BAME role models underrepresented, with only 12 per cent of respondents able to cite one.