The Rt Hon Theresa May MP Prime Minister
Please pass on my warmest congratulations to all those shortlisted for this year’s awards. They are all helping to build a diverse, dynamic workforce that will help our economy grow.
All the nominee’s should be incredibly proud of their achievements and I wish them all the best with their future endeavours.
The Rt Hon Jeremy Corbyn MP, Leader of the Opposition and Labour Party MP for Islington North
Congratulations to all the nominees and winners of the Black British Business Awards. And thank you to Melanie Eusebe and Sophie Chandauka for their leadership of these awards.
It is fantastic to see nominees from across the United Kingdom representing so many different business sectors. It is inspiring and uplifting to hear of so much black achievement and excellence that is now being recognised in the UK.
There are still real issues that need to be addressed within business about supporting the career progression of black people. It is vital that businesses work to ensure everyone is treated fairly.
Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London
I would like to congratulate the nominees and winners of this year’s Black British Business Awards. These awards showcase exceptional talent by promoting and celebrating the achievements of black people in businesses.
Black business leaders have made significant progress over the past few years, with more and more businesses established by members of minority ethnic communities and more diverse companies than ever before. However, there is still much more to do, for example in ensuring that Britain’s boardrooms look more like Britain, and I support the work that the Black British Business Awards does in this area.
Adam Afriyie MP
We need to do more as a country to recognise the exceptional achievements of businessmen and businesswomen from all backgrounds. Which is why events such as the Black British Business Awards are so important. The men and women here today are the people who make our economy more dynamic; fuel social mobility and open up opportunities for people from disadvantaged backgrounds to build a better life.
I hope you will all continue to build and work for exciting businesses in the future and inspire others to do the same.
Former Prime Minister, David Cameron
I’m delighted to back the inaugural Black British Business Awards that will celebrate and recognise the fantastic contribution of black business people in the UK. From financial services and technology to retail and manufacturing the list of extraordinary talent in Britain’s African-Caribbean community goes on and on.
And while established businessmen and women will be rightly awarded for their outstanding achievements, it seems they’re also acting as great role models too with more and more new black entrepreneurs coming to the fore.
The business skills and entrepreneurial spirit of Britain’s African-Caribbean community gives me great confidence for the future as I know they will play a key role in securing Britain’s economic recovery.
Former Deputy Prime Minister, The Rt Hon Nick Clegg MP
I’m delighted to give my backing to the inaugural Black British Business Awards. This is a chance for us to recognise and celebrate the important contribution by black and ethnic minority entrepreneurs to driving Britain’s recovery.
I also hope these success stories will help inspire more people with an enterprising idea to get out there and start their own businesses. Despite the wealth of talent in Britain’s black and ethnic minority communities, it’s still the case that two out of every three FTSE 100 companies have an all-white board. That’s just not right. And I’m committed to doing all I can in Government to ensure that everyone in our country, whatever their background or circumstances, gets the opportunities they need to succeed.
So good luck to this year’s nominees and congratulations to the first Black British Business Award winners. Together, we can build the diverse, skilled and ambitious workforce Britain needs to thrive in the future.
Former Leader of the Labour Party, Ed Miliband
I am delighted to send this message of support for this year’s Black British Business Awards and would like to wish all finalists the best of luck.
The BBBAwards are designed to highlight the significant contributions of the British Black communities to our businesses here in the UK, contributions that are often overlooked. The entrepreneurial spirit and drive that has been shown by the British black communities are an inspiration to us all, particularly to our young British black communities here in the UK. I know that many of you are running successful businesses, businesses that have thrived despite the economic circumstances and that is something you can be very proud of.
I am particularly looking forward to seeing who the ‘Rising Star’ awards are presented to. The Labour Party wants to support young people, which is why we have committed to increasing the minimum wage and have called for businesses to offer more apprenticeships to help get young people in to work.
I hope you have a very enjoyable day and I wish you all the very best for the future.
Former Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Dr Vince Cable
I am delighted to give my backing to the inaugural Black British Business Awards. They will provide an excellent opportunity to recognise and celebrate the important contribution made by black and ethnic minority entrepreneurs to the recovery.
The importance of these awards cannot be overstated given that two out of every three FTSE 100 companies have an all-white board and will be a welcome addition to getting more diversity in the city.