Published On: Fri, Oct 12th, 2018

Black British Business Awards honour trailblazers and rising stars | City & Business | Finance

The year’s ceremony brought together another full house of more than 450 senior leaders, industry influencers and high-profile supporters.

Chizzy Akudolu star of Strictly Come Dancing 2017 and Master Chef 2018 was compere.

Melanie Eusebe, the Awards chair and co-founder, said: “We are delighted to be celebrating the enormous talent and achievements of this year’s winners of the Black British Business awards 2018.

“We are proud to say that in five years the BBBAwards have grown exponentially to be much more than a ceremony and are now a suite of programmes that are the reflection of a formidable group of committed sponsors, partners, judges, rising stars and senior leaders coming together to advocate for change.”

From scientific rigour to the beauty and creativity of the arts, the 2018 winners have made significant economic contributions to the financial performance of their organisations, she added.

“They have continuously demonstrated excellence in their industries, all while using their knowledge and expertise to create opportunities for those who come after them.”

The 2018 awards distinguished outstanding black business professionals and entrepreneurs at the top of their game and included:

Black British Business Person of the Year Roni Savage, Founder and Managing Director of Jomas Associates;

Arts & Media Rising Star Sam Ajilore, Founder and Editor of That Grape Juice; 

Arts & Media Leader of the Year Selma Nichollas, Founder and CEO of Looks like Me;

Consumer & Luxury Rising Star Mark Maciver, CEO SliderCuts;

Consumer & Luxury Leader of the Year Gerard Crichlow, Head and Cultural Strategy at AMV BBDO;

Entrepreneur Rising Star Steve Bartlett, CEO and Founder of Social Chain;

Entrepreneur Leader of the Year Dawid Konotey-Ahulu, Co-Founder of Redington;

Financial Services Rising Star Ovo Gharoro, Head of Valuation Governance & Market Data Services at M&G Prudential;

Financial Services Leader of the Year Syreeta Brown, Managing Director, Head of Global Recruitment Strategy & Programs at Citi;

Professional Services Rising Star Kwaku Osei, Associate at Linklaters;

Professional Services Leader of the Year Karen Finlayson, Partner at PwC LLP;

STEM Rising Star Darren Williams, Welding Systems Manager at TWI Ltd;

STEM Leader of the Year Anne-Marie Headley, Strategy HR Business Partner at Uber.

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Black British Business Awards honour trailblazers and rising stars | City & Business | Finance