Black entrepreneurs sought for awards recognition

Nominations now being accepted for Black Enterprise Awards

Organisers of the 2004 Black Enterprise Awards have announced that they are now accepting nominations for the annual ceremony, with Afro-Caribbean entrepreneurs set an entry deadline of 1 August.

The awards, now in their third year, aim to highlight enterprise in the black community by rewarding successful entrepreneurs in nine separate categories.

Organised by Black Enterprise and hosted by the Institute of Directors (IoD), the awards are free to enter. The nine categories are:

  • Business Innovator of the Year
  • Rising Star of the Year
  • Emerging Company of the Year
  • Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Lifetime Achievement in Business
  • Young Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Corporate Leader of the Year
  • International Business of the Year
  • Black Enterprise Champion

Winners will be announced at a glittering ceremony at the IoD on 1 October, after judges have shifted through the nominations.

George Cox, director general of the IoD, described the awards as “a very vibrant and modern programme,” while Diahanne Rhinney of black newspaper The Voice said that the event was the “Rolls Royce of business awards.”

As reported by Startups.co.uk last week, new figures on entrepreneurship in the UK revealed that ethnic minorities are far more likely to go it alone than whites, with black people twice as likely as their white counterparts to start up a business.

Mavis Kuitor, organiser of the awards, said the awards have boosted the entrepreneurs involved.

“Black Enterprise Awards were first held back in 2002 to recognise and reward the number of unsung African Caribbean entrepreneurs who make major contributions to the UK’s economic bottom-line.

“In just two years, the Black Enterprise Awards has become on of the UK’s most desirable awards, because it adds untold value to participants,” she said.

To enter a nomination to the awards, visit www.blackenterpriseawards.com or telephone 08700 76 56 56. The final deadline is 1 August 2004.

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