The top African Caribbean entrepreneurs in the Black Country are set to battle it out at a business awards event later this week.
Guests will descend on the Copthorne Hotel, Dudley, on October 10 to see the top entrepreneurs and companies that have had the most impact on the local economy and in developing new skills.
The event, which is backed by Advantage West Midlands and the West Midlands Minority Ethnic Business Forum, has attracted many new entries this year, with judges finally settling on a shortlist that includes Caribbean food manufacturer Cleone Foods, Jarrett’s Hairdressing Training, reggae dance magazine ‘Real Talk’ and Soccer Buddy, the junior training aid invented by Julian Broomes.
Other potential winners include Alan McLean Marketing and Medical Devices Technology International, which has won global recognition for its ability to design and develop groundbreaking medical products.
Sandra Croasdale, the chairwoman of the African Caribbean Business Federation, said: “What is really pleasing is the diversity of the industries represented and their achievements in creating jobs, launching new services and becoming leaders in their respective fields. Exactly the type of companies the region needs.
“The African Caribbean business community has grown massively over the years and we are determined to make sure this continues.
“The really pleasing feature is that there is so much potential out there that we can still tap into and if this competition can help encourage someone else to start or grow their own business then we have achieved what we set out to do.”
The evening will be compered by MTV presenter and stand-up comedian Richard Blackwood.
The ACBF was established in 2001 to support and promote African Caribbean businesses.
It works with strategic partners to provide a platform for member companies to access mainstream support and products, helping businesses expand and flourish in the region.
A limited amount of tickets still remain. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org.