We’re yet to announce 2024’s official agenda, in the meantime you can browse last year’s to give you a taste of what’s coming. Register for your ticket to be the first to hear when this year’s agenda goes live.

MAIN STAGE

09:50 – 09:55

Welcome

Marverine Cole

Multi-award winning journalist and broadcaster

10:00 – 10:05

Opening remarks

Raphael Sofoluke

Founder and CEO, UK Black Business Show & Week & Birmingham Black Business Show

Michael Adeniya
Michael Adeniya

COO, UK Black Business Show & Week & Birmingham Black Business Show

10:10 – 10:20

Opening Keynote -

Small Business, Big Impact: The Power of Mindset, Structure and Excellence

Daniella Genas

Founder, Be the Boss International

10:20 – 11:05

The Right Mindset for Business Success

Starting and growing your own business takes a special kind of person and the key to success is having the right mindset. That mindset is even more important as you set challenging goals and stretch targets for your business. We’re joined by successful entrepreneurs to discuss their business mindset, how they maintain a positive outlook, balance personal and business priorities, and galvanise the people around them.

Panellists
Delight Mapasure

Co Founder,
K’s Wors LTD

Denise Myers

CEO, Evenfields, Founder of Black Talent Awards

Atinuke Awe

Founder, Learning with Ez

Carlton Cummins

Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer, Aceleron

Host: Stefan Johnson

Senior Business Development Manager, HSBC UK

Sponsored by

HSBC Logo

11:10 – 12:00

The Launchpad

Hear fresh and innovative Black-owned businesses present to investors, buyers and top-level executives.

Finalists

Kareen Griffiths

CEO, Calmify

Adefunke Larigo

CEO, Agency Connect

Junior Makame

CEO, Social Pro

Eugene Patterson

Founder, Revibed Drinks

Judges

Dr Tru Powell

Personal Brand Expert and Entrepreneur

David Atkinson

Regional Director, Midlands & South Wales and Head of UK Manufacturing SMC, Lloyds Banking Group

Denise Myers

CEO, Evenfields, Founder of Black Talent Awards

Kameese Davis

Founder, Nylah’s Naturals

Paulette Hamilton MP

MP for Birmingham Erdington

Sponsored by

Lloyds Bank Logo

12:00 – 13:30

Lunch networking break

Relax in the networking lounge and visit our exhibitors

*Scale-up Sessions*
This a closed session with attendance by application only. 

Learn more

What’s stopping you from scaling? Honest Insights from those on the journey 

Location: Concourse Suite 20

Daniella Genas

Founder of Be The Boss International

Byron Carnegie

Founder, JAMAYA

Chenelle Ansah

Partner at Cornerstone Partners & CEO of Nell Consulting

13:30-14:00

In conversation with…Black women navigating corporate success

Kishma Bolaji

Senior Associate Solicitor, CL Medilaw, Co-Founder of Birmingham Black Lawyers

Jo Chileshe

Corporate Communications, Senior Manager, KPMG

Host: Denise Morris

Founder and CEO, TAG Network

14:05 – 14:40

Future proof careers: How to build on your skills and mindset to ensure career longevity

In this panel, we’ll be exploring how you can maximise the power of intrapreneurship to create career longevity in your place of work, and careers across different industries that will stand the test of time in an ever-changing job climate.

Host & Panellists
Host:  Scarlett Allen-Horton

Director, Harper Fox Search Partners

Oyin Adebayo

CEO & Founder of Niyo Group

Colin Corrodus

Legal Director, Deutsche Bank

Daniel Braithwaite

Managing Director, Pertemps Network Catering

14:45 – 15:15

A cut above the rest: How to make waves in the hair and beauty industry

We sit down with some of the country’s finest beauty experts, barbers and hairdressers to talk about the business of hair and beauty and how you can succeed in an ever-thriving industry.

Speakers
Lina Barker

Co-Founder and Marketing Director, Aaron Wallace

Sherine Walrond

Managing Director, Ivy Wild

Kaycie ‘Kvng Fadez’ Francis

Celebrity Barber

Host:  Kadi Wilson

Presenter

15:15-15:45

Building a legacy

In this conversation, we hear what building a legacy means and looks like through the eyes and experiences of our intergenerational panel who operate in different areas of business across the UK.

Host & Panellists
Host:  Merisha Stevenson

Presenter, BBC Radio WM

Shanice Mears

Co-founder and Head of Talent, The Elephant Room

Keith Shyaam-Smith

CEO, Legacy Centre of Excellence

Melvin Riley

Co-founder, NOT so MICRO

Claudine Reid MBE

Social Entrepreneur

15:50– 16:20

Key lessons from building a social enterprise

Social enterprise is a key pillar of our community driven by the activists who work tirelessly to make change happen. But how do we make the numbers make sense for our organisations in order for us to continue adding value? We discuss this and more in this inspirational panel.

Host & Panellists
Host: Marvyn Harrison

Founder Dope Black Dads, BELOVD Agency

Aderonke Apata

Founder, CEO, African Rainbow Family

Maureen Lewis

Chief Officer, Walsall Black Sisters Collective

Matthew Gordon

CEO, Spectra

Yeshua Carter

Creator and Founder, EY Outreach

16:25- 17:00

Top tips to creating generational wealth within the Black community

Our panellists will discuss what generational wealth looks like to them. The multiple routes to accumulate and keep it, and why it’s important for our communities to pursue this conversation.

Host & Panellists
Host: Emmanuel Asuquo

CEO, The Eman Effect, Senior Partner, Belvedere Wealth Management

Andy Ayim MBE

Founder, The Angel Investing School

Anne Welsh

Founder and CEO, Painless Universal

Anthony Laville

Founder and CEO, Volume.Property

Davies Okeowo

Access To Finance Account Manager, GBSLEP Growth Hub

17:05– 18:00

Closing Keynote: In conversation with Sir Trevor McDonald

Sir Trevor McDonald OBE was born and educated in Trinidad where his career in the media began, first as a radio reporter, news presenter and sports journalist.

Sir Trevor McDonald OBE
Moderator: Shelley Bishton

Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, News UK

SEMINAR STAGE

Hosted by: Ade Ahmadu

Senior Legal Project Manager, Meta

10:30 – 10:50

Your network is your net worth

How effective networking can help you build key relationships and boost your brand.

Dr Tru Powell

Personal Band expert and Entrepreneur

10:55 – 11:40

People, planet and profit: The opportunity for business

In this session sponsored by B Corp, we’ll be taking a look at the opportunities within the sustainable/social impact business space, how purpose-driven business outperforms mainstream SMEs and how businesses can measure and monitor their impact.

Host & Panellists
Host: Kurt Jacobs

Editor, Business Insider

Shalom Lloyd

Director, Naturally Tribal Skincare

Christina Brooks

CEO, Ruebik

Susan  C. Allen

Co-Founder & Chief Brand Officer, Here We Flo

Andy Ayim MBE

Founder, The Angel Investing School

Sponsored by B Corp

 

11:45 – 12:25

How to attract more customers to your business

If you have no paying customers you have no business. You don’t want a better website, or a better logo, what you really want is more customers. Learn how to get more people interested in your business, from someone that’s been there and done it and taught thousands.

Speaker

Dwain Reid

Entrepreneur and Business Growth Consultant

12:30 - 13:30

Meet the Experts Roundtables

Five concurrent roundtable discussions. Limited spaces per table, arrive early!

Content Marketing Magic ✨ – Unleashing your brand’s potential (with very little budget!)

Are you feeling stuck in a rut with your content strategy? Are you struggling to reach new audiences? Are you ready to unleash your brand’s incredible potential? Join us in this content marketing roundtable, where we will be discussing: 

  • Aligning your marketing objectives with wider business goals 
  • Covering different areas of the marketing funnel 
  • Managing your distribution channels 
  • Efficient content creation 

Join this interactive session to learn how to make your content marketing strategy go further and work for you!

Facilitated by: Noémie El-Maawiy

Head of Marketing, Viaduct Generation

2. How to build a Career in Finance sponsored by Deutsche Bank

Join Deutsche Bank and learn hot tips on starting a career in finance

Facilitated by: Chris Lawrence

Regional Lead for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Deutsche Bank

3. How to invest in property  

Property investment is a great way of accumulating wealth. Learn about the current housing markets, and how to successfully build your property portfolio from scratch.

Facilitated by: Alfred Dzadey

Property Investor and Entrepreneur

4. Building a food and drink business  

Come and learn the basics of what it takes to run a successful food and catering business.

Facilitated by: Vanessa Kelly

Founder, The Guild of Caribbean Cuisine, 2 Much Passion CIC

5. Implementing AI into your Business

AI is transforming the way we work, one update at a time. Come and learn how you can get your business up to speed and ahead of the game using new technology.

Facilitated by: Fungai Ndemera

Founder of Check up Health and tech entrepreneur

13:35 – 14:10

How to Grow Your Business Through Exporting

Whether you’re interested in exporting for the first time, or an experienced exporter, support from the UK Government’s Department for Business and Trade (DBT) can help your business to grow in new markets. 

Join this interactive workshop hosted by Mark Burkett, Export Academy Adviser, to explore the benefits of exporting and learn how DBT can support your business to grow with our free Export Academy programme.

We’ll also be joined by experienced exporter, Byron Dixon OBE Founder & CEO of Micro-Fresh a Midlands-based business, for a fireside chat with Mark, where Byron will share his top tips for global growth!

To round up the session we will host a Q&A session which will give you the chance to pitch your questions to Mark and Byron.

Host: Mark Burkett

Export Academy Adviser from the Department for Business and Trade

Byron Dixon
Panellist: Byron Dixon OBE

Founder & CEO Micro-Fresh® Limited

14:15 – 15:15

Black to basics - fundamentals for startups x Black Women in Business in panel

To build a profitable business and brand you need to ensure that you have all the basics covered to get started but also to grow. From protecting your intellectual property, building your personal brand to creating multiple streams of income, in this 30 minute workshop learn the ten key steps to building a successful business.

Host
Justice Williams MBE

Founder, Dream, Plan, Launch

Panellists
Lisa Carter

CEO & Founder, Discussion Box

Pamela Aculey

Founder, Just Like Me Picture Books

Zoe Bennett

Founder, MBCC Awards

15:20 – 16:00

Business & personal budgets: recipes for success

It’s not the most exciting part of the entrepreneurial journey but building a budget for your business is a vital element in its long-term success. In this practical session, we look at why a business budget is so important, the steps you need to take to build one and what a bank is looking for in your budget when you ask for financing. We also explore how budgeting can help you keep control of your personal finances, especially in today’s challenging economic environment.

Host
Juliette Foster

Broadcaster and Journalist

Panellists
Sophie Chenery

Senior Financial Wellbeing Consultant, HSBC

Arlyne Chinyanganya

Accountant, Virgin Media O2, Founder of Roots to Froots

Opeyemi Ige

Relationship Director, International Subsidiary Banking, HSBC

Sponsored by

HSBC Logo

16:05 – 16:45

Fresh out of uni: How to land your dream job in your chosen field

Leaving university and embarking into a whole new world of work and career can be an exciting and also scary time. In this workshop we show you how to become career ready and land the job of your dreams.

Host & Panellists
Host: Nicole Riley

Graduate Talent Consultant, Birmingham City University and Founder & Director, iDEAL STAFF

Johnathan Williams

Freelance Photographer, Videographer, illustrator and Visual Designer

Rhianne Murray

Legal Counsel, Chelsea Football Club 

Sharon Davidson

Careers Consultant, Birmingham City University