For more information on this initiative, please see: http://www.bwmb.org/
I set up 'Black Women Mean Business'
in 1992 with the aim of supporting, encouraging and celebrating black businesswomen in the UK.
It was the first organisation of it's kind at the time and i am very proud that it is still continuing strong today.
As ever, 'Black Women Mean Business' remains a not-for-profit group with a simple agenda; to support, encourage and celebrate black women involved in business as well as black entrepreneurship in general.
We hold fantastic and varied events throughout the year, including conferences, receptions, workshops and discussion forums, to advance our aims. Over the years, i have been greatful for all the inspirational guests and business leaders who have spoken at our events. These include Iyanla Vanzant, renowned US motivational speaker; Trevor Phillips, current head of the Equalities and Human Rights Commission; Brenda Emmanus, Television presenter and leading businesswoman; Kanya King, MBE, founder of the MOBO organisation and awards; Moria Stuart, pioneering newspresenter and reader; Kwame Kwei-Armah actor. The 'Black Women Mean Business' events are trully a great opportunity for networking and discussing ideas with and amongst black businesswomen.
Currently, there are around 500 women members of 'Black Women Mean Business', many of whom are actively involved in a range of small to medium businesses. Recently however, groups that are looking to increase diversity in their particular business sectors, such as the teaching and the fire service sectors, have also begun to make contact with us. As a result, 'Black Women Mean Business' is now expanding to work with organisations who encourage diversity inside the workplace too.
DIVERSITY IN THE WORKPLACE
The Employability Forum is an organisation working with refugee and migrants to help them into work in the UK. The organisation is currently working on a project to increase diversity within the teaching profession in London.