It’s the fifth year of initiative that celebrates members of the community whose drive and success in their industry sets them above the rest

THE FINALISTS of the 2018 Black British Business Awards (BBBAwards) have been announced today.

The list recognises the trailblazers and rising stars who represent the very best of the UK’s vibrant business sector.

The BBBAwards are the only premium awards programme to celebrate both the exceptional performance and outstanding achievements of black professionals and entrepreneurs in global, small and medium enterprises operating in Great Britain.

“We are thrilled to be celebrating not only the breadth of talented business people as finalists for the 2018 awards, but also the Black British Business Awards 5th year anniversary. Over the last 5 years we have uncovered numerous role models, from creative entrepreneurs to seasoned bankers. These individuals are truly breaking down barriers and stereotypes whilst changing the game for the rest of the UK industry,” said Melanie Eusebe, chair and co-founder of the Black British Business Awards.

The awards uncover inspirational role models; ambassadors who represent the very best talent across various sectors in the British economy and are designed to transcend stereotypes and highlight the often-unsung contributions of black people to the British economy.

The winners will be announced during a special awards ceremony and evening gala at The Grange St Paul’s Hotel London on 4th October 2018. Endorsed by the prime minister Theresa May, mayor of London Sadiq Khan and secretary of state Matt Hancock, the BBBAwards will celebrate its fifth anniversary with over 450 senior leaders, industry influencers and high-profile supporters.

Over the last five years, the initiative has grown into a powerful change agent for the wider BAME talent agenda, creating a hub where businesses share ideas and take away concrete actions to create working environments for all talented individuals to succeed. In addition, the BBBAwards have launched the following highly impactful initiatives:

The Middle Research Report in collaboration with EMpower and Bloomberg.
BAME in the Boardroom in collaboration with Deloitte.
The Talent Accelerator in collaboration with Virgin Money and hosted by Morgan Stanley.

These initiatives have cemented the BBBAwards position as a leader who is at the forefront of the diversity and inclusion conversation in the UK industry.

The BBBAwards have also announced that The Telegraph will be their media partner. The main sponsors for the 2018 awards include Baker McKenzie, Barclays, Bloomberg, Cisco, Facebook, J.P. Morgan, MDC Group, PwC, Thomson Reuters and Virgin Money.

The 2018 awards will distinguish outstanding black business professionals and entrepreneurs at the top of their game into six diverse industry categories, which celebrate both rising stars and senior leaders awards. The finalists for this year’s awards are as follows:

Arts & Media Rising Star

Sam Ajilore, Founder and Editor, That Grape Juice
Daniel Kidane, Composer, Rayfield Allied
Dr Chibundu Onuzo, Writer

Arts & Media Leader of the Year

Angie Greaves, CEO, Feeling Fab Broadcasting and Radio Presenter, Magic Radio
Selma Nicholls, Founder and CEO, Looks Like Me
Jacqueline Simmons, Executive Editor, Global Business, Bloomberg

Consumer & Luxury Rising Star

Ife Akinwoleola, Dacia Marketing Communications Manager, Groupe Renault
Mickela Hall-Ramsay, Company Director, HR Sports Academy
Mark Maciver, Founder, Slidercuts

Consumer & Luxury Leader of the Year

Wanita Bardouille, Retail Development Director, Ralph Lauren
Gerard Crichlow, Head of Cultural Strategy, AMV BBDO
Ibi Meier-Oruitemeka, Founder and Creative Director, Afro Hair and Skin Co.

Entrepreneur Rising Star

Steven Bartlett, CEO, Social Chain Group
Carl Konadu, CEO, 2-3 Degrees
Leanne Pero, Founder and Director, The Movement Factory

Entrepreneur Leader of the Year

Dawood Gustave, Leader and Imagination Officer, Reluctantly Brave
Dawid Konotey-Ahulu, Chairman, Redington
Andrew Wamae, Founder and Director, The Essential School of Painting

Financial Services Rising Star

Yvonne Bajela, Investment Manager, Mitsui & Co.
Ovo Gharoro, Head of Hard to Value, Regulatory and Market Data Services, M&G Prudential
Kofi Oteng, Director, Head of Macro Rate Sales, Royal Bank of Canada

Financial Services Leader of the Year

Bukola Adisa, Managing Director, Head of RCSA Framework and Design, Barclays
Syreeta Brown, Managing Director, Global Recruitment Strategy, Citi
Tangy C. Morgan, Senior Advisor, Bank of England

Professional Services Rising Star

Jonathan Achampong, Partner, Wedlake Bell
David Fisayo, Manager, KPMG
Abimbola Johnson, Barrister, 25 Bedford Row
Kwaku Osei, Associate, Linklaters

Professional Services Leader of the Year

Funmi Adegoke, Managing Counsel Transformation & Commercial Development, BP
Karen Finlayson, Partner, PwC
Hannah Reid, Regional Head of Human Capital Operations, Oliver Wyman

STEM Rising Star

Patrick Agese, Project Lead and PhD Researcher, Costain
Marvin F. Rogers, Senior Solution Consultant, Oracle NetSuite
Deborah Sehindemi, Business Analyst, National Grid
Darren Williams, Welding Systems Manager, TWI Ltd

STEM Leader of the Year

Jacqueline Clahar, Category Lead, Global Rotating Equipment, EH, BP
Anne-Marie Headley, Strategic HR Business Partner, Northern & Eastern Europe, Uber
Roni Savage, Managing Director and CEO, Jomas Associates Ltd