October is Black History Month in the UK; the national celebration aims to promote and celebrate contributions to British society from those of African and Caribbean descent. As well as fostering an understanding of Black British history in general. Black History Month can trace its origins back to the United States in the 1920s but was first launched in London in 1987 where the aim was for the local community to challenge racism and educate themselves and others about the history that was not taught in schools. Today Black History Month has become an important date in the cultural calendar, which is marked by events taking place across the UK and is an opportunity to recognise and celebrate the robust history, achievements and contributions of the Black British community.
As a bank we are committed to championing enterprise for all and removing the barriers that so many aspiring business owners continue to face. Diversity is critical to the success not just of our business but the whole of the UK economy. Throughout October we have some planned activity to support our diverse communities as well as showcasing and highlighting the achievements of Black British businesses, so please do share and feel free to join us yourselves!
14 October – An Audience with Dr Ava Eagle Brown, Dr Yvonne Thompson, Bernie Davies & Joel Blake OBE – 10AM – Sharing knowledge from those that have been there and got the t-shirt, is vital to moving your business forward and gaining the motivation and inspiration to keep going. Hear first-hand experience from high profile founders and entrepreneurs with a relatable, authentic story to tell. An opportunity to ask questions and gain vital insight. Join us to gain an insight into their incredible careers and wealth of experience as we celebrate Black History Month. Register here
21 October – Powering Our Communities: In Conversation With… Ronke Fashola – 12PM – The best advice comes from those who have, been there, done that and gotten the t-shirt to prove it. As part of our Powering our Communities series we’re excited to bring you ‘In Conversation With…’ sessions. You’ll hear the inspiring journeys of entrepreneurs, learn what motivates them as well as the how’s and the why’s of building their dreams as they share their learnings with you. (Register here)
22 October – Black Business Live 2020 – 8:45AM – Register here
Black Business Live 2020 is a one-day global live stream event, dedicated to celebrating and showcasing the positive contribution of black-owned businesses! Taking place within this year’s Black History Month, Black Business Live will be an interactive and empowering day of learning to help you grow and scale your business! Attendees will get to: Hear Inspirational Talks from leading, award-winning entrepreneurs! Take part in practical Business Builder growth training sessions delivered live! Engage in Interactive Entrepreneurial Panels! Vote in our Live Pitching Competition! Be educated through insights into black culture, comedy, and more! Follow @LiveBb2020 #LIVEBB2020