The Black British Company Awards, now in its seventh year, has announced its 2020 finalists symbolizing some of the country’s best black expertise throughout a vary of industries.

Released in Britain in 2014, the awards aim to rejoice and recognise “the normally unsung contributions of exceptional black company industry experts and entrepreneurs” in arts and media, purchaser and luxury, entrepreneurs, money services, experienced services, and STEM (science, engineering, engineering and maths).

The finalists this year have been picked not only for their own and experienced achievements, but in opposition to the tumultuous backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic and the resurgence of the Black Life Make any difference movement. 

Melanie Eusebe and Sophie Chandauka, co-founders named this year’s finalists “some of the most identified and ground breaking black leaders in the Uk”.

“What significantly shines by is the wide variety of professions from a founder of a revolutionary equine diet program to a ebook publisher and controlling administrators at best money firms. These exceptional men and women need to be extremely happy of their achievements, they are inspiring the following technology of black expertise to obstacle conference and abide by in their footsteps.”

The Telegraph is a media associate for the awards, the main sponsors for which include JP Morgan, Barclays, Baker McKenzie, Bloomberg, Facebook, Fortnum and Mason, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and Wells Fargo. 

The winners for each and every classification will be announced through a electronic awards ceremony on October two.

The finalists

Arts & Media Soaring Star

  • Magdalene Abraha – Publisher at Jacaranda Textbooks
  • Malakaï Sargeant – Director of Theatre Peckham
  • Nnena Nwakodo – Producer at Bartle Bogle Hegarty

Arts & Media Chief of the 12 months

  • Anthony Andrews – Co-founder and Creative Director of We Are Parable
  • Denise Maxwell – Director and Guide Photographer at Lensi Photography
  • Gail Babb – Lecturer and Deputy Director of BA Effectiveness at Goldsmith University

Consumer & Luxury Soaring Star

  • Iré Hassan-Odukale – Running Director at Ikoyi
  • Rachael Corson and Joycelyn Mate – Co-founders of Afrocenchix
  • Sarah-Jane Bampoe-Addo – Senior Program Manager at Amazon

Consumer & Luxury Chief of the 12 months

  • Brandie Deignan – Running Director at Marco Pierre White Eating places
  • Nigel and Victoria Ogunniyi – Co-founders of FAVOUR Catering and Functions
  • Sandra Murphy – Founder of Equidiet Uk Ltd