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Black Women in Business Awards (BWB) – In Conversation Black Women in Business Awards (BWB) – In Conversation
Black Women in Business Awards (BWB) – In Conversation

Black Women in Business Awards was launched to recognise and celebrate the many achievements and contributions of exceptional Black Women in the UK. Ebonyonline.net caught up with its ever busy founder Getrude Acheampong (pictured left) for a quick low down about this year’s ceremony and what inspired it all in the first place.

 

EOL: How did the idea for the award ceremony come about?

GA: The awards were set to recognise the many achievements and contributions black women in business make towards the UK’s economy. We want to raise role models. Women the younger generation will look up to. There aren’t enough role models in our society. By holding this awards scheme and rewarding excellence we hope to achieve that.

 

EOL: The award is for women who have broken down barriers and stigmas, why was this important to recognise?

GA: Starting a business is never easy. It requires dedication, persistence, and timeless grit. Black women entrepreneurs face those struggles- in addition to potential racism, discrimination, and financial hardships.

 

Black women often find themselves the only one or the first one. In these situations, they have been taught that they have to be twice as good to go half as far, that they are representing the race and that they are being watched more closely. beliefs that are not necessarily inaccurate. , they still face several complications and challenges along the way. Black women repeatedly report incidents of needing to prove their qualifications, worth, and ambition to potential colleagues and customers.

 

When we finally see or hear a black woman who is doing successfully well they need to be celebrated because they have overcome their struggles to get to where they are. This will also encourage someone who wishes to start their own business to do so.

 

EOL: What can attendees expect on the night?
GA: Some of our women will be exhibiting their products. Reception and red carpet arrival, time to network with like-minded women. Ceremony to take place in the May Fair Theatre room and the gala room where a 3-course meal will be served with entertainment. Come and meet some role models in our community. Get empowered to do greater things.

 

EOL: Highlight some of the award categories on the night?

GA: We decided to stick with the same categories as last year. Young Entrepreneur of the year, the Businesswoman of the year, Outstanding achievement award, Influencer of the year to name but a few.

 

EOL: What kind of qualities and characters must the nominees possess to be considered?

GA: Our judges are looking for significant and background achievement to date, high potential, those who are making a distinctive, unusual, innovative contribution in their field and finally the ability and willingness to act as a role model to others.

 

EOL: You’ve got some amazing hosts, tell us who they are and why you chose them in particular?

GA: Claudia has always been supportive of the awards. She attended the event last year. We decided to approached her the possibility of being part of the team. Claudia-Liza Armah is a British newsreader of Ghanaian descent. She has worked for Sky News on several occasions and also hosted the BBC programme 60 Seconds. Since its launch in 2014, she has worked for the London Live television channel, where she hosts Headline London at lunchtime.

 

We also have Afua, Journalist: CNBC, Yanga! TV, The Beat 103.6FM. … editor-in-chief: Glam Africa Magazine, presenter, freelance writer and mama. After specialising in broadcast and music, Afua found herself working at T4 and PopWorld before moving on to the dizzy heights of 60 Minute Makeover on ITV. She grew bored of decorating strangers’ homes in an hour or under and made the leap to music publishing where she worked for Blue Mountain Music under the watchful and legendary eye of Chris Blackwell.

 

EOL: Proceeds of the Awards will be donated to The Wulugu Project, why is this charity close to your heart?

GA: Our aim is to raise women entrepreneurs and to raise role models. Wulugu project in the northern part of Ghana focuses on training women to do more for themselves. Wulugu Project build primary, junior high and vocational schools plus hostels to keep the girls safe while they study. Teachers accommodation, toilet blocks, water storage tanks etc. are also often added to the list in order that the schools function efficiently. Systems of microloans-loans to village women and graduates enable the women to make full use of their opportunities.

 

It is calculated that we have improved the lives of over 400,000 girls. Our partnership means that we can continue to support them in fulfilling our mission in that part of the world.

 

EOL: What’s in store for our readers at what sounds like an amazing event. What will they come away with?

GA: This event is for anyone currently in business or thinking about setting their own business. Anyone within the corporate entity CEOs or Managing Directors including founders. Come and chat and see how these women have achieved. Opportunity to meet liked minded and network women to get empowered.

 

19 Oct, Black Women in Business Awards (BWB), The May Fair Hotel, Stratton Street, W1J 8LT, Tickets and info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/black-women-in-business-awards-2019-tickets-44141636824

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