September 29, 2021

Explainer: When Is The ‘UK Black Business Show’ For Start-Up Founders Taking Place?

The UK Black Business Show aims to bring together the best Black start-ups in the country through exhibitions, workshops, interactive panels, and seminars.

It’s known to be Europe’s biggest Black-Owned Business show of the year with 4,000 annual attendees, and it’s retaking place on October 30th this year.

We’ve broken down everything you need to know before the event

What is it exactly?

According to its website, this event will enable personal, professional, and corporate development through business exhibitions, deep-dive workshops, interactive panels, and seminars delivered by industry pioneers.

To celebrate UK Black History Month, The UK Black Business Show will be taking place in October. The show will highlight the achievements and contributions black businesses have made to the economy.

Attendees will gain cutting-edge insight and advice in entrepreneurship, leadership, soft skills, and cultural development from some of the UK’s leading black business owners.

Who are some of the speakers for this year’s event?

Claudine Reid MBE,

Award-Winning Social Entrepreneur, Senior Advisor, and Non-Executive Director Claudine Reid MBE is listed as one of Britain’s most influential Black women in 2017& 2019. Recipient of the Wise Women in Business Award 2019 and Croydon Business Award in 2019.

Gori Yahaya

He is the founder and CEO of UpSkill Digital, a digital training and transformation consultancy, developing and delivering learning programs that help an organization’s workforce adapt to change at scale. He has over a decade of experience building and implementing award-winning digital training and experiential learning programs for global brands.

Gori Yahaya

Jay Ann Lopez

Jay-Ann created Black Girl Gamers to cater to those who felt invisible and ostracised by the gaming community.  Having been an avid gamer since a very young age, gaming has always been integral to Jay-Ann’s personality and lifestyle. However, for years Jay-Ann noticed that she and other women like her were perceived as invisible or unimportant in the gaming scene, so she decided to make a change.

Jay Ann Lopez

Jide Adetunji and Ibrahim Kamara

The duo are the founders of GUAP, digital media platform dedicated to discovering, documenting and nurturing emerging creatives.

Jide Adetunji & Ibrahim Kamara

June Sarpong OBE

June has enjoyed a 20‐year career, in which she has become one of the most recognizable faces of British television. June began her career at Kiss 100 and later became a presenter for MTV UK & Ireland. However, it was when she started on Channel 4’s T4 that she became a household name. 

June Sarpong OBE

How many exhibitors will be there?

More than 150 are expected to be at the event.

Who can attend?

Everyone, especially black start-up founders looking to network, gain contacts, learn and gain potential customers and investors.

Where can I buy tickets?


There is usually an opportunity to attend a networking party with CEOs, top names, and speakers, but you’ll need to grab those tickets quickly!

Abbianca Makoni

Abbianca Makoni is a content executive and writer at POCIT! She has years of experience reporting on critical issues affecting diverse communities around the globe.

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