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Sophie Marie Bennett

Sophie Marie Bennett, a distinguished entrepreneur and devoted mother, stands as a visionary leader. As the founder of Black Owned Birmingham CIC, Sophie brings to the forefront her leadership expertise and managerial acumen. Holding three degrees, including a Master’s, Sophie is propelled by an unwavering commitment to equality, diversity, and community impact.

As the driving force behind Black Owned Birmingham CIC, Sophie has established a robust platform dedicated to uplifting and empowering black owned businesses in the city. Her mission is to equip these businesses with the essential tools and resources for success while championing diversity and inclusion within the local business community.

Sophie’s exceptional leadership is underscored by a multitude of accolades and achievements. Recognised with prestigious awards such as the Certificate of Recognition from The British Citizen Award in 2023, the Best Business Excellence Award from Street Cred Awards 2023, and the Community Learning Award from Diversity Awards in Education 2023.

Acknowledged as the Most Inspiring Managing Director by SME News in 2022 Midlands and recipient of the Excellence Award for Black-Owned Business Support in 2022, Sophie’s impact extends to being a finalist in esteemed awards like Entrepreneur of the Year at The Baton Awards 2023 and Community Champion of the Year at Birmingham Awards 2023. Under her leadership, Black Owned Birmingham was also recognised as a finalist in Social Enterprise of the Year at The Birmingham Awards 2023 and Charity of the Year at MBCC Awards 2023.

Beyond her professional triumphs, Sophie actively contributes to her community, serving as a mentor to aspiring entrepreneurs, advocating for social justice, and supporting local charities. Despite her bustling schedule, Sophie finds fulfilment as a school governor and valuable member of the advisory board for the Birmingham Black Business Show. Since 2017, she has been a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute (CMgr FCMI), showcasing her sustained commitment to excellence in management and leadership.

Sophie’s passion for education, entrepreneurship, and social change positions her as an invaluable leader and manager, making her a compelling asset to any cause she supports.