UK Black Business Show

Saturday 22nd October  |  9am – 6pm
Business Design Centre, 52 Upper St, Islington, London N1 0QH

The UK Black Business Show will not shy away from addressing difficult topics, rather we look to open up people’s minds to new ideas by creating opportunities for our attendees to learn and develop. We look to promote businesses and business leaders who aspire to inspire more black women and men to make a positive difference to the economy and the world at large.

By creating a progressive and positive arena in which black businesses can come together, The UK Black Business Show will assist both attendees and exhibitors to make meaningful connections and will create a platform that promotes the development and representation of black talent.

Speakers (More TBC)

Levi Roots

Mr Levi Roots – aka dragon slayer, sauce man, entrepreneur and chef first shot to fame on BBC2’s Dragon’s Den in 2007. Levi Roots has been a pioneer for Caribbean food and as a result of his continued hard work Caribbean food now has a place in the hearts of the Great British public.

Trevor Nelson MBE

An award-winning DJ and champion for RnB music worldwide, Trevor Nelson is a household name across the UK.

Chanté Joseph

Writer, digital content producer and host of Channel 4’s How Not To Be Racist & House of Horoscopes.

Lorraine Wright MBE

Lorraine Wright MBE

Head of Sales and Crowdfunding, Grow for Me Salon Owner, Liona Nails and Beauty (Ghana) Director, UBS (UK)

Deborah Okenla

Entrepreneur, advisor, consultant, and investor
Deborah Okenla is an entrepreneur, advisor, consultant, and investor. She is the CEO of YSYS: an organization providing employment opportunities for diverse talent in technology, working alongside partners, Lego Ventures, Niantic, Mayor of London, Atomico Innovate UK and more to provide access to opportunities for 100,000 diverse individuals by 2023. She has been named Computer Weekly Rising Women in Tech of 2020, and respectfully, in 2019 and 2018, listed as The UK’s Top 100 Black and Minority Ethnic Leaders in Technology by the FT. Deborah sits on the Advisory Board for Coders of Colour, DCMS Digital Council, Telecoms Supply Chain Diversification Advisory Council and No.10 Innovation Fellowship Programme.
Outside of her roles, Deborah is an angel investor and enjoys mentoring fellow community organisers and sharing advice for first-time CEO’s through her newsletter FSuite.
Dwain Reid

Dwain Reid

Founder of Wealth First & Motivational Speaker
Over 15 years’ experience running workshops, inspiring, mentoring and coaching people across the UK & Internationally to start and grow their own business. Motivational speaker and Facilitator. Founder of Wealth First, providing wealth management advice and alternative finance to urban professionals. Also run a six figure childcare business operating in 3 locations. Responsible for the entrepreneurship programme at the no.1 University in the UK for graduate entrepreneurs. Mentees have appeared on Dragons Den, and gained significant investment.
Emmanuel Asuquo

Emmanuel Asuquo

Qualified Financial Advisor

Emmanuel Asuquo is a qualified Financial Advisor and has worked in Financial Services for over 15 years. Emmanuel is privileged enough to give financial education talks all over the UK and has spoken to over 20,000 people in the last two years. Emmanuel has been featured in The Times, Telegraph and Daily Mail newspapers and has been invited to speak as an expert guest on BBC Radio on multiple occasions.

Last year Emmanuel featured as one of four experts on the popular Channel 4 finance show “Save Well, Spend Better”. In June 2020 Emmanuel featured as an expert for the BBC One show “Your Money and Your Life”, helping a family save just under £10,000 on their household bills and has now become a regular on “BBC Morning Live”. Emmanuel has a passion for helping people and his vision is to become the financial adviser for the nation.

Izzy Obeng

Entrepreneur, business coach & founder and Chief Executive Officer of Foundervine

Izzy Obeng is an entrepreneur and business coach. She is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Foundervine and sits as a Non-Executive Director for Traverse (Office for Public Management) and as a Non-Executive Director for Capital Enterprise.

At Foundervine, Izzy leads a consultancy for creating systemic change in entrepreneurship. Foundervine has launched accelerators in the UK that support early-stage companies, providing entrepreneurs from under-represented communities with mentorship, training, and access to capital. By 2022, Foundervine had helped over 5,000 leaders build new skills, and supported over 300 businesses to scale and raise new capital. 7 out of 10 businesses are led by women.

In 2021, Izzy joined the Hamilton Commission, a commission appointed by seven-time world champion Sir Lewis Hamilton to increase the representation of Black people in U.K. motorsport. She currently acts as an Advisor to Lloyds Banking Group and is a member of the Race Equality Commission. Izzy has been featured in the BBC, The Telegraph, The Times, The Guardian, and in 2020 was named by Forbes as one of 25 leading Black British business people to watch.

Eryca Freemantle


Eryca Freemantle has been a prolific entrepreneur and ambassador for the empowerment of women in the United Kingdom and across Africa for the last two decades, as founder and Chairwoman of E.A.T.O.W. Currently, Eryca is a lead contributor and judge for Make-Up Ghana, and sits on UK based boards of beauty and education. Eryca has advised internationally accredited beauty councils, resided as a judge at the Calabar Miss Africa Awards and worked with the Lagos State roadshow speaking in schools and was a former presenter on DSTV’s flagship show “Moments With Mo”.

An educator, thought leader, women’s advocate and in her latest genesis co-creator of The Brush Up a Pan-African women’s beauty television show and more recently contributor to Bella Naija Magazine. Eryca is Exemplary.
In 2021 Eryca Freemantle became the founder of a ground-breaking trade mission from the UK to Nigeria, the first of its kind, now in its inaugural year the trade mission was lauded as a standout success and will spawn a plethora of female-focused businesses for Nigeria, the continent and beyond.

Ken & Mary Okoroafor

Founders of The Humble Penny and Financial Joy Academy, platforms with the core mission of helping millions of families to create Financial Joy in their lives.

They run a popular YouTube channel at The Humble Penny and are super passionate about empowering a generation of people to live their financial lives by design.

They became Financially Independent aged 34 (including mortgage free) with Ken having started his journey as a first-generation immigrant to the UK aged 14 and with Mary born to a low-income immigrant family in London.

They have 2 children aged 9 and 7 and love outdoor activities and travelling to explore new cultural adventures.

They have helped over 3 million people to improve their relationship with money and their work has been featured across the BBC, ITV, Financial Times, British Vogue, The Sunday Times, iNews, Metro, Channel 5, The Guardian, etc.

Samuel Kasumu

Award-winning Social Entrepreneur, Commentator, and Strategist.

Samuel is an award-winning social entrepreneur, commentator, and strategist. He served as Special Advisor to Prime Minister Boris Johnson where he held the Civil Society and Communities brief. His work included leading on the cross-government vaccine deployment confidence programme. He was the most senior black Advisor in government.

Samuel has extensive senior leadership and board experience, acting as Non-Executive Director at challenger energy firm Ovo’s Foundation arm and under former Prime Minister Theresa May he was a member of the Race Disparity Audit Advisory Board. He is the founder of Inclusive Boards, an executive headhunting firm specialising in non-executive board appointments across sectors. Samuel is an elected local councillor in Hertfordshire and brings extensive knowledge of how local and national government works.

Samuel has been involved in setting up and growing a number of initiatives to support the progression of Briton’s black and minority ethnic population.

Anisha Sharma


After a successful career in finance which included setting up her own consultancy firm, Anisha decided to pursue her dream of exploring a franchising opportunity with McDonald’s. Through the selection process Anisha found considerable synergy between McDonald’s core values and her own. Earlier this year, Anisha acquired her first restaurant in West London and is now a proud McDonald’s franchisee.

Dave Padmore


Dave enjoyed a very successful career within the McDonald’s business before embarking on his journey as a franchisee. He is now an established eight-restaurant operator and also the President of the Franchisee Leadership Group, representing all UK&I franchisees to McDonald’s leadership. Dave is a worthy recipient of the Golden Arch Award, the highest recognition in the McDonald’s Global System, recognising his contribution to McDonald’s and importantly to his community. He’s passionate about inclusion and creating opportunities.

Paul Courtman-Stock

Paul Courtman-Stock

Franchising Recruitment and Reputation Consultant.

Paul is a Franchisee Recruitment and Reputation Consultant for McDonald’s UK & Ireland with over 25 years experience in the industry. He is a passionate advocate for bringing the best talent into franchising and has led the evolution of the recruitment, onboarding and attraction campaign in McDonald’s for the last seven years. An experienced and accredited franchised professional, he also sits on the board of the British Franchise Association, which plays a crucial role in shaping the strategic direction of the association.

Rajeena Gurung

Rajeena Gurung

Franchising Recruitment and Reputation Consultant.

Rajeena is a Franchisee Recruitment and Reputation Consultant for McDonald’s UK & Ireland with over 13 years’ experience in the industry. Passionate about promoting Diversity, Equity and Inclusion she has championed a number of initiatives to improve accessibility.  She is an enthusiastic advocate of McDonald’s UK & Ireland Women Leadership Network to help female colleagues overcome the barriers which exist preventing them from achieving their full potential.

Trina Nicole

Trina Nicole is a Model/Dancer, best known for founding the UK’s first plus size dance class; The Curve Catwalk.

She was shortlisted as ‘Young Entrepreneur of the year 2021’ by Great British Entrepreneur Awards and selected as ‘One to Watch’ by Forbes.Trina uses her platform to amplify marginalised voices, championing diversity to bring about positive representation. Her mission of body inclusivity was championed by Nike, as they went on to announce her as an ambassador for their Women’s division .Her performance credits include Nao, Lizzo and even Beyonce. Additionally, she has fronted campaigns for leading brands including British Vogue, Gap, Clarks and most recently Simply Be.


Award nominated presenter, producer and DJ

MLavontelle is an award nominated presenter, producer and DJ; online, on television and on radio. Her current portfolio includes producing the Weekend Breakfast Show on talkTV, Hosting a monthly networking event called The Story So Far and interviewing the hottest UK talent on LdnLuxEntertainment. She’s best known for her past signature shows online, namely, #MLavontellePresents, #TheHotlistUK, a music chart show on Link Up TV during lockdown called as well as presenting on popular radio stations, hosting awards shows and public events.

Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones

CEO of The Black Farmer

“I am proud to be known as the UK’s only Black Farmer. The heartland of my brand is the West Country – my farm is on the Devon/Cornwall border.  We have a range of premium quality products bursting with flavour and my sausages are what I am famed for.  But The Black Farmer is more than just a pack of sausages.  It is a purpose driven brand that not only sells great products but has a social responsibility for the greater good.  This is a brand that is a vehicle for change while fulfilling the commercial goals of our customers,” says Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones, The Black Farmer.

“Moving into export markets has been a long-held ambition of mine for The Black Farmer brand. The Department for International Trade has offered me huge insight into the complexities of our target markets, and how best to prepare for launch which has been of enormous benefit. “

Tafadzwa Gate

Assurance Partner at EY

Inspiring future generations and striving to make a difference in society, Tafadzwa (Taffy) Gate is a London-based partner at EY in the Banking and Capital Markets (BCM) assurance division. She has a breadth of experience in the world of finance, starting her career at EY in Zimbabwe 19 years ago before moving to Channel Islands where she focussed on the wealth and asset management sector. In 2012, Taffy moved into EY London`s Banking and Capital Markets Assurance division where she progressed through the ranks to become partner.

She is motivated by driving change and is the Assurance lead for the UKFS Race Steering Committee at EY. She supports the implementation of the firm`s commitments on Race and uses her influence to inspire change. She is the Chair of the EY Black community and plays a strategic role in driving initiatives. Outside of work her passions lie in reading, spending time outdoors and hiking.

Labi Odebunmi

Professional film director in film, commercials & music videos

With early days of education graduating with a 1st Class Hons degree in Film & Television Fiction to winning a Stanley Kubrick award, he has gone on to become a staple name in the industry. The innovative filmmaker has directed productions all over the world working with clients of Apple, Kayak, Pepsi & more. While also being a trusted creative brain for the major music record labels globally; working with Universal, Sony & Warner Music. Artists include Wretch 32, Stefflon Don, French Montana, Burna Boy, Ray BLK & more.

A true visual storyteller, his work has amassed multi-millions of views.

Cecil Peters MSc

EMEA Head of Diversity Equity and Inclusion and Advancing Black Pathways at JP Morgan Chase & Co

Cecil was a career technologist before moving into this role focusing on enhancing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at J.P. Morgan across it’s EMEA business, encompassing 34 countries, 47 cities and 25,000 employees. In addition, he leads the Advancing Black Pathways strategy across the same region. 

Cecil currently serves as a Non-executive Director (NED) of J.P. Morgan Jersey Trust Limited, and on the advisory board of UK Black Business Week and Bubblr Inc., an ethical tech company. He has been recognized as a finalist in the 2020 UK Black Business awards (STEM Category) and has discussed boosting diversity and inclusion in many media outlooks including Sky News, Financial News, the Bournemouth Echo and Wharf Life magazine. 

Tina Rehana

Founder and CEO AIM Sky High & The Purpose Agency

Tina Rehana is mum to two young children, an award-winning entrepreneur and a choreographer. Tina has been named #1 Female Founder of colour to watch in Europe by Business Insider, has been featured in Forbes for “changing youth lives through dance” and has been named #1 Female Founder on Purpose in the UK in the book ‘She Made It’ by Angelica Malin. She is the founder of Aim Sky High, a dance school that aims to socially mobilise children through the arts. Aim Sky High has been used by the likes of Justin Bieber and personally requested by stars such as Stormzy and Giggs. Her talent agency Aim Sky High Talent has supplied talent for the likes of M&S, John Lewis, Google and more. They also worked on the UEFA Women’s Euros 2022, where her talent, Mary Earps, England #1 Goalkeeper, became champion of Europe. The Purpose Agency is an influencer agency that houses TV, sporting and niche specialists. Clients include BOSS, Paco Robanne, Youtube, TikTok and more. As a choreographer she has worked with artists such as Stormzy, Giggs, Emeli Sande and more as well as brands such as Nike, Adidas, Manchester United, BooHoo and more.

As someone who has been through the care system and started this all from a room in a local youth centre, this is why Tina is so passionate about doing work to support social mobility.

Bianca Miller Cole &

Byron Cole

Serial Entrepreneur, Mentor, Speaker and Sunday Times Bestselling Author

Multi award-winning serial entrepreneur, Sunday Times Best Selling Author, Keynote Speaker, Trainer, Investor, Philanthropist & Business Mentor

Bianca Miller-Cole is an award-winning Entrepreneur and founder of ‘go to’ personal branding company The Be Group. Bianca became known as a public face after an excellent performance on BBC The Apprentice in 2014 where she initially pitched the idea to redefine nude hosiery via her brand Bianca Miller London and has since taken it from idea to reality, including being awarded ‘Forbes 30 under 30’ status.

Dr Byron Cole is a multi award-winning serial entrepreneur, Sunday Times Best Selling Author, Keynote Speaker, Trainer, Investor, Philanthropist & Business Mentor. In a career spanning over a decade, he has been involved in over 20 business start-ups as a director or investor & has sold multiple enterprises totalling millions of pounds. Byron currently acts as a business consultant, trainer and mentor to SMEs across various industries. His specialism lies in advising and assisting SMEs scale to 7 figures.

Lisa Carter

A mother of 3, serial entrepreneur and Founder of Discussion Box

Lisa Carter is a mother of 3, serial entrepreneur and Founder of Discussion Box, a virtual events platform for brands, businesses and communities who want to shift culture and move the world forward through the power of conversation.
With 15+ years working in the events and tech industry, Lisa has vast experience and understanding of the collaborative benefits and ability to remove geographic barriers through video technology and virtual event experiences.

Lisa founded Discussion Box in 2018, bootstrapped and built the business without external investment and remains the only black woman owned and run business in the virtual events industry.

Lisa is extremely passionate about creating beautiful and well-designed products, and as a self taught jewellery designer, Lisa founded her fashion jewellery brand Nikao which was launched at London Fashion Week in 2016 and has since been featured in VOGUE, Cosmopolitan, Elle, and worn by celebrities such as Zendaya, Rita Ora, Jorja Smith, Kelly Rowland and Maya Jama. Nikao was recently featured on Beyoncé’s website and in Forbes in light of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Lisa was born and raised in Bristol in the United Kingdom where she resides with her family.

Maria Alavi

Area Director for North & East London MME team

She has 23 years of banking experience doing various roles in Retail, Business Banking, Commercial Banking, Corporate Banking and Acquisition Finance. She holds an MA in Economics and an MBA (Executive) degrees. She has spent last 12 years leading team in various parts of banking.

She was a Non-Exec Director for a Charity and sat on an Advisory Board for a London University where she is also a Visiting Professor. She is passionate about education and leads many Primary school projects.

Maria is passionate about learning and development. She has invested time in her own development throughout her career and more recently in various leadership programmes. She has been involved in female talent Programmes, ethnicity & inclusion strategy and various other Bank initiatives.

She lives in Kent and has two kids aged 12 and 9. She enjoys cricket, travelling, cooking and organising charity events.

Nathaniel Wade

Award winning entrepreneur, father and co-founder of Wakuda

Nathaniel has a diverse background, ranging from engineering to property investing and ecommerce.

More recently Nathaniel co–founded Wakuda – the online marketplace to discover and shop for unique, culturally diverse gifts and products from amazing Black-owned brands. They also provide their vendors with the tools and resources necessary to build successful businesses online. Wakuda has grown from strength to strength working with the likes of Instagram, SAP and Retail week in order to continue to build the bridge between Black-owned brands and consumers.

Shelley Bishton

Head of Creative Diversity, News UK

Shelley is News UK’s Head of Creative Diversity. She plays a central role in delivering News UK’s ambitious Diversity and Inclusion strategy. She works closely with our senior editors and programme directors to ensure they are best placed to deliver journalism and entertainment which is relevant and inclusive of all cultures across the UK.

Shelley has worked in the media industry for more than 15 years and joined News UK in April 2018 to head up partnerships for The Times and Sunday Times. She created News UK’s first network for Black, Asian and ethnic minority employees.

She is a mother of two young black boys and has a deep-rooted desire to push for a better world for them to grow up in.

Gosbert Chagula MBE

Head of Programmes / Co-Founder, Startup Discovery School

Gosbert is a Co-Founder of Startup Discovery School and has spent the last 10 years working with and investing in Entrepreneurs and businesses across Europe and Africa. Prior to Startup Discovery School, Gosbert worked for Exeter Velocities, a Business Accelerator focused on sustainable solutions to the challenges of urbanisation. In this role, he worked with more than 40 startups helping them grow and raise more than £30 million in investment.

Gosbert is particularly passionate about pitching and teaching businesses how to use it to drive growth and revenue. Gosbert has coached hundreds of business leaders to deliver talks, pitches and keynotes across a variety of different platforms including TEDTalks, keynote speeches, Podcasts and media appearances.

Mark Burkett

Export Academy Adviser at Department for International Trade

Mark has worked in International Trade for over 30 years and brings a wealth of real ‘hands-on’ experience. He has worked for a major blue chip organisation before setting up two successful companies trading around the globe. This experience has been invaluable when speaking to clients who are either looking at exports for the first time or, who are looking to expand their business by exporting.

Richard Tyler

Editor of the Times Enterprise Network

Richard Tyler is editor of the Times Enterprise Network, which provides news, insight and inspiration for business leaders and entrepreneurs. He was previously director of editorial at Fast Track, which researched and published annual rankings of Britain’s top-performing private companies with The Sunday Times. Prior to that he was enterprise editor of The Daily and Sunday Telegraph, covering entrepreneurs and government policy towards business.

Roni Savage

UK’s First Black Woman Owner of a Seven Figure Turnover Engineering Company Serving the Construction Industry

Roni is UK’s first black woman owner of a seven figure turnover Engineering Company serving the construction industry. Roni, is a Honorary Fellow of Royal Institute of British Architects, Chartered Engineer, Fellow of Institution of Civil Engineers, Chartered Geologist and SiLC (Specialist in Land Condition). A graduate of University of Portsmouth with a BEng(hons) in Engineering Geology and Geotechnics, she also holds a Masters’ (with distinction) in Environmental Management from University of Exeter. She has worked on many major construction schemes, including the widening of the A406 and M25, as well as various buildings and structures across the UK. She has been involved in designing sustainable remediation solutions to enable the reclamation of several brownfield sites, which would have laid derelict otherwise. Multi-award winner, and mum of three boys, Roni is CEO & Founder of Jomas Associates, an engineering and environmental company serving the construction industry. A passionate diversity champion, she is an international speaker on matters relating to diversity in business, engineering and construction. Roni is policy chair for construction for the federation of small businesses, and vice chair of YMCA SPG, a charity committed to empowering young people.

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