Elevating black women entrepreneurs – Voice Online

WHILE we are well into Black History Month, it is now Black Business Week and many Black led women in business are taking their organizations to the UK Black Business Show to showcase their practice.

The UK Black Business Show, which originally started in 2017, is now one of the largest business events across Europe with over 10,000 attendees and 200 participating companies and organizations including Ralph Lauren, PWC and Teach First.

UK Black Business Week facilitates events from industry leaders and promises to equip black entrepreneurs and professionals with new skills, business insights and much-needed knowledge to navigate the world of business.

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With rapid growth over the years, The Black Business Show has become a pillar of refuge for thousands. It ultimately led to uplifting, platforming and inspiring black women in business.

One of the ways the week supports Black women is through Power Brunch with VAMP. The Vamp Power Brunch was created to empower and invest in talented young black women who are breaking glass and becoming the protagonists of their industries. Speakers at the event include Jess Joseph, Isa Perez, Whitney Boateng and more.

Rachel Appiah, the founder of Amanthis Stationery and a third-year student at the University of Exeter who attended this year’s UK Black Business Show, took up entrepreneurship to create an environment in which to thrive. “I got into entrepreneurship because I believed I had an exciting attitude towards the products I wanted to create – I thought it would be a good opportunity to learn new skills and share my story and advice with others.”

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She believes the growth of the Black Business Show will create space for black businesses to strike together. “I always go to a black business show and it shows how black businesses support each other. It’s a testament to how the black community can support one another.”

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She adds, “There’s often a debate about how Black people like mainstream designers like Gucci, Prada and Telfer, but ultimately when I’ve asked people to support my business and how I’m supporting other Black businesses, it goes back on the community shows supporting each other and circulating money among our people.”

Rachel believes taking steps to support black women in business is the right way to go. “People talk about supporting local businesses, and in a way the reason people are doing that is in parallel with helping black women in business. Where you shop will have an impact on your community.”

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