Birmingham Black Business Show Releases Agenda with Core Theme of ‘Building a Sustainable Black Business Community for the West Midlands’ 

UK Black Business Show, the organisers behind Birmingham Black Business Show have today launched the Birmingham Black Business Show Agenda 2023 and CEO, Raphael Sofoluke recommends several key sessions to watch. 

Birmingham Black Business Show, the region’s most anticipated event celebrating Black excellence in entrepreneurship and career development, is proud to unveil its exciting agenda for 2023. Taking place on Saturday, June 17th, from 9am to 6pm at the Birmingham NEC, this dynamic gathering promises to be a day of learning, networking, and inspiration.

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“I am so excited to unveil the agenda for the Birmingham Black Business Show and share our vision for this extraordinary event. This year’s lineup is a testament to the remarkable talent within the Black business community. We have curated sessions that will empower and inspire, providing invaluable opportunities for growth and networking. I am personally excited to witness the impact these sessions will have on our attendees, equipping them with the tools and knowledge to excel in their entrepreneurial and professional journeys. Get ready for a day filled with innovation, connections, and the celebration of Black excellence. I can’t wait to see you all there!” – Raphael Sofoluke, CEO of Birmingham Black Business Show.

Here are some standout sessions and speakers you won’t want to miss:

In Conversation With Sir Trevor – 17:05 (Main Stage)

Renowned broadcaster and OBE recipient, Sir Trevor McDonald, will take the stage for a captivating discussion about his illustrious career. Join moderator Shelley Bishton, Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at News UK, as they delve into Sir Trevor’s journey from Trinidad to becoming a prominent figure in the media industry.

Right Mindset for Success (sponsored by HSBC) – 10:20am (Main Stage)

Discover the power of mindset in achieving business success. Esteemed entrepreneurs, including Delight Mapasure (Co-Founder, K’s Wors LTD), Denise Myers (CEO, Evenfields, Founder of Black Talent Awards), Atinuke Awe (Founder, Learning with Ez), and Carlton Cummins (Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer, Aceleron), will share their insights on maintaining a positive outlook, balancing personal and business priorities, and inspiring those around them. Stefan Johnson, Senior Business Development Manager at HSBC UK, will host the discussion.

Key Lessons For Building a Social Enterprise – 15:50 (Main Stage)

A panel of inspirational social entrepreneurs, including Marvyn Harrison (Founder Dope Black Dads, BELOVD Agency), Aderonke Apata (Founder, CEO, African Rainbow Family), Maureen Lewis (Chief Officer, Walsall Black Sisters Collective), Matthew Gordon (CEO, Spectra), and Claudine Reid MBE (Social Entrepreneur), will explore strategies for making social enterprises financially sustainable while continuing to create meaningful impact within communities.

Black to Basics – Fundamentals For Startups x Black Women in Business – 14:15 (Seminar Stage)

Join Justice Williams MBE (Founder, Dream, Plan, Launch) and esteemed panellists Lisa Carter (CEO & Founder, Discussion Box), Pamela Aculey (Founder, Just Like Me Picture Books), and Zoe Bennett (Founder, MBCC Awards) for an engaging workshop on the essential steps to building a successful business. From protecting intellectual property to creating multiple income streams, gain invaluable insights in this compact 30-minute session.

These are just a few highlights from the diverse and exciting lineup. The Birmingham Black Business Show agenda 2023 also features The Launchpad, where innovative Black-owned businesses will present to investors, buyers, and top-level executives. Additionally, attendees can explore free features on the show floor such as the Business Advice Hub, Careers Zone, Scale-up Sessions, to obtain 1-2-1 advice from experts. 

Plus attendees can join the Meet the Experts Roundtable sessions, covering a number of topics, these are great sessions to engage in dynamic, thought-provoking sessions that will leave attendees inspired. 

The day will culminate with an unforgettable after party, providing an opportunity for networking and celebration. With entertainment, canapes and drinks, organisers are inviting attendees, exhibitors and VIPs to unwind and celebrate another successful year of Birmingham Black Business Show. 

This extraordinary event is made possible through the support of sponsors, including HSBC, Lloyds Bank, Deutsche Bank, Business Growth West Midlands, eBay, B Lab and Federation of Small Businesses (fsb), all of whom are committed to fostering Black excellence and promoting business growth in the community.

Tickets start at £30 and can be purchased online at

Seize this chance to learn, connect, and thrive! 

About Birmingham Black Business Show

The first show of its kind, Birmingham Black Business Show empowers Black talent in the workplace through exhibits, deep-dive workshops, interactive panels & seminars, delivered by industry pioneers, this event will enable personal, professional and corporate development.

From experienced entrepreneurs, to talented employees in search of their next challenge, to those just starting out – join more than 3,000 of your peers.

Sir Trevor McDonald will take to the stage as keynote speaker, sharing his journey into journalism and highlights from his career. He joins an impressive line-up of speakers, including fellow TV presenter and journalist, Marverine Cole; former Dragon’s Den participant and Co-founder of K’s Wors Ltd, Delight Mapasure; multi-award winning personal brand expert and creative entrepreneur., Dr. Tru Powell; Business Strategist and Founder of Dream, Plan, Launch, Justice Williams MBE; and multi-award winning business growth strategist, Daniella Genas.

Saturday 17th June 2023 at the Birmingham NEC. 

  • Keynote speeches from celebrity powerhouses
  • Seminars packed with advice from business and career experts
  • Network to launch your business or meet your next investor!
  • Get valuable careers advice 
  • Expert clinics from funding, to exporting, to marketing… 
  • Shop the biggest Black-owned shopping experience in the Midlands

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