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In partnership with Weber Shandwick...

To boost the profile and equity of Black-owned businesses in the UK.

What is 'RISE'

Project Rise is a new partnership launched with the BBBAwards that will see Weber Shandwick use its next-generation expertise in PR and communications to boost the equity and profile of Black-owned businesses in the UK.
Weber Shandwick will provide five Black-owned businesses with pro-bono PR services to accelerate their reach and influence with mainstream audiences.
Each chosen business will be given £20,000 worth of consultancy time which they can use across a range of services from media relations and social media strategy, through to creative and marketing services.
In addition, all applicants to the programme will receive access to a series of training sessions focused on communications such as media relations, social media, video creation, aimed to help all businesses improve their skills in a range of areas.
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How to apply

To apply, please submit the online application form via the links on this page. Applications will be accepted by online entry only and all entries must be received by the end of application period to be valid.
We encourage all applicants to review the criteria (see below).

Applications Open

Wednesday, 7 July 2021

Applications Close

Friday, 3 Sept 2021



Oct 2021

What's the criteria? 

To be eligible for Project RISE, applicants and their business must meet all of the following criteria:
  • Applicant must be eighteen years of age or older as of the date the application is submitted;
  • Applicant must be an owner of the business and identify as Black, which includes of mixed-race Black heritage;
  • The business must be for-profit, based in the UK, and registered on Companies House;
  • The must-have been operating for a minimum of 18 months;
  • The business must have full-time employees or equivalent
  • The business must have an annual turnover / revenue of at least £75,000
  • The business must have a product or service available to purchase in the UK (and a customer base already purchasing)
  • The business must have a website and/or online presence on at least one social media platform;

Eligible applications will be reviewed by an independent Judging Panel consisting of senior business leaders and entrepreneurs. Five finalists will be selected from among all eligible applicants based on the following:





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