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

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.

£30 – £70 + £1.50 booking fee

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