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Black entrepreneurs honoured at awards

Black Enterprise Awards name this year's winners at IoD ceremony

The best in UK black entrepreneurship have been rewarded at this year’s Black Enterprise Awards, held at the Institute of Directors (IoD).

Winners were named in nine separate categories, ranging from best international business to top young entrepreneur. An overall award was also presented, with Professor Geoff Palmer OBE named Black Enterprise Champion 2004.

The awards, sponsored by UK Trade & Investment, recognise the outstanding achievements of black entrepreneurs who are often overlooked by the media.

It’s hoped that the winners will be seen as role models to budding black entrepreneurs.

The winners are:

Black Enterprise Business Innovator of the Year 2004 - Umbrolly – Technography Industries (Mr Charles Ejogo)

Black Enterprise Rising Star of the Year 2004 - You Select Service (Mr Mark Hayles)

Black Enterprise Emerging Company of the Year 2004 - Jase Ltd (Miss Jennifer Lewis & Miss Sylvia Lewis)

Black Enterprise Entrepreneur of the Year 2004 - Yana Cosmetics (Ms Yana Johnson)

Black Enterprise Lifetime Achievement 2004 - The Write Thing (Mr Tony Fairweather)

Black Enterprise Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2004 - Lady Pineapple (Ms Chevreen Wisdom)

Black Enterprise Champion - Professor Geoff H. Palmer OBE, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh

Black Enterprise Corporate Leader of the Year 2004 - Ms Jean Tomlin, Marks & Spencer

Black Enterprise International Business of the Year 2004 - The Oakfield Consultancy (Mr Wayne Saul)

Black Enterprise and ACAS Employer of the Year 2004 - Pedro Emmanuel Solicitors

Kofi Kusitor, founder of the Black Enterprise Awards, said that the Black Enterprise Awards made a difference.

“We, and I mean you and the organisers, have tonight highlighted yet more roles models that the media claim do not exist in our communities.

“What we have seen and heard here tonight is testament to the continual growth and long-term life of firms owned by business people, who just happen to be African Caribbean,” he said.

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