The Black British Small business Awards, now in its seventh 12 months, has announced its 2020 finalists representing some of the country’s best black talent across a vary of industries.

Launched in Britain in 2014, the awards aim to celebrate and recognise “the frequently unsung contributions of exceptional black business pros and entrepreneurs” in arts and media, shopper and luxury, entrepreneurs, economic companies, professional companies, and STEM (science, technological know-how, engineering and maths).

The finalists this year have been selected not only for their individual and professional achievements, but in opposition to the tumultuous backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic and the resurgence of the Black Lives Subject motion. 

Melanie Eusebe and Sophie Chandauka, co-founders named this year’s finalists “some of the most decided and revolutionary black leaders in the United kingdom”.

“What notably shines by way of is the variety of professions from a founder of a innovative equine nutrition system to a e book publisher and managing administrators at leading economic companies. These exceptional individuals should be particularly proud of their achievements, they are inspiring the future generation of black talent to challenge convention and abide by in their footsteps.”

The Telegraph is a media partner for the awards, the key sponsors for which contain JP Morgan, Barclays, Baker McKenzie, Bloomberg, Fb, Fortnum and Mason, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and Wells Fargo. 

The winners for just about every category will be announced for the duration of a digital awards ceremony on Oct two.

The finalists

Arts & Media Soaring Star

  • Magdalene Abraha – Publisher at Jacaranda Textbooks
  • Malakaï Sargeant – Director of Theatre Peckham
  • Nnena Nwakodo – Producer at Bartle Bogle Hegarty

Arts & Media Leader of the 12 months

  • Anthony Andrews – Co-founder and Imaginative Director of We Are Parable
  • Denise Maxwell – Director and Guide Photographer at Lensi Pictures
  • Gail Babb – Lecturer and Deputy Director of BA Overall performance at Goldsmith College

Consumer & Luxurious Soaring Star

  • Iré Hassan-Odukale – Controlling Director at Ikoyi
  • Rachael Corson and Joycelyn Mate – Co-founders of Afrocenchix
  • Sarah-Jane Bampoe-Addo – Senior Software Manager at Amazon

Consumer & Luxurious Leader of the 12 months

  • Brandie Deignan – Controlling Director at Marco Pierre White Dining places
  • Nigel and Victoria Ogunniyi – Co-founders of FAVOUR Catering and Occasions
  • Sandra Murphy – Founder of Equidiet United kingdom Ltd