Black entrepreneurs to share secrets of success

Experts to discuss challenges facing black businesses

Four of the UK’s leading black business role models are set to reveal their secrets to success.

Tim Campbell, winner of BBC2’s The Apprentice in 2005, Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones, also known as ‘The Black Farmer’ with his range of Black Farmer brands of sausages, Charles Ejogo the founder of Umbrolly and Yana Johnson founder of Yana Cosmetics, will be on hand at the British Library next month to allow budding entrepreneurs to learn from their experiences.

The Library’s ‘The Rise and Rise of the Black British Entrepreneurs’ discussion panel and networking reception will also focus on the challenges facing black businesses, such as raising both public and private finance, finding suitable and affordable business premises and getting the right kind of business support.

“Black-owned businesses are vital to the capital’s economy,” said David Lammy, Tottenham MP and minister for culture.

“This event not only celebrates that fact, but also promises to be a great opportunity for aspiring entrepreneurs to hear first-hand about how to succeed in the private sector.”

There are approximately 10,000 black-owned private sector businesses in London, which account for a combined turnover of £4.5bn and provide over 70,000 jobs to its economy, the Library said. The discussion will be held on 15 May from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at The British Library Conference Centre.

For further information, e-mail boxoffice@bl.uk.

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