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27 Feb 2017

BWMB On The Road

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BWMB On The Road

 

Black Women Mean Business events had all been held in London until now. This was largely because Diane is a London based MP. And because the events were all organised on a voluntary basis it was easier to co-ordinate events in the capital. But news of Black Women Mean Business had spread by word of mouth. And by 1996 Black women were coming to the events form all over the country. from all over the country. We had business owners and would be entrepreneurs coming from as far away as Aberdeen. And they all said ‘’why couldn’t Black Women Mean Business events be held outside of London’’. So we listened to our public and spent some time in 1996 developing a Black Women Mean Business Road show. We wanted to bring the best and brightest of our speakers and business experts to black communities all over the country. We research possible sponsors.

 

Bristol

Bristol in the west of England is on of Britain’s largest black communities. In the 18th century Bristol was major port where ships bringing slaves across the Atlantic docked. If you go down to the port-side in Bristol today you can still see the metal rings where the slaves were tied up. Because of the size of Bristol’s black community and because of its history, it seemed an appropriate place to hold our first regional event. We were fortunate to obtain the sponsorship of a local Bristol economic development organisation called CEED (community economic enterprise development). Our star speaker was Brenda Emmanus, the BBC television presenter and herself a businesswoman. Our speakers include: Baroness Howells of St. Davids a community activist: Yvonne Thompson, owner and managing director of ASAP Communications, a marketing and PR agency. Over 250 people attended the event. The attendees included business owners, community organisation and local banks. We discovered that the concerns of black business in Bristol were the same as the concerns of entrepreneurs in London. They needed help with access to finance. They wanted to know more about the different business advisory services available to them. They were very keen to learn more about how PR and marketing could help them grow their business. And they wanted the opportunity to network and meet with other people in a similar position with whom they could exchange information and share experience. Sometimes people in the regions feel left our in terms of initiatives being taken in London. Although the Bristol Road show took a lot of work the very positive made it all worth while. And it was agreed we should have other regional events. 


Luton

 In July of 1997 we took the Black Women Mean Business Road show to Luton in Bedfordshire. Luton and the surroundings area has a large black community many of them moved to the area in the 60’s to work in the car industry. We had many women from Luton and the three countries attending Black Women Mean Business events in London. We were fortunate to obtain the sponsorship of Luton University’s Business Department. The event was a long conference with workshops on practical subjects like PR and marketing and finance. We also brought down a beautician who gave advice on personal presentation and performed make-over’s on a number the women. The make make-overs were particularly popular. Our speakers included: Angie Greaves a BBC Radio Presenter; Baroness Ros Howells of St. Davids and Elsa Redwood of the North London Business Development Agency. Over 200 women from the Luton area attended.

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