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27 Feb 2017

BWMB 1995

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1995

Annual Convention

A year has passed since Black Women Mean Business’s first convection. A conscious effort was made ensure that the 1995 convection was even bigger and better.  The Venue was once again the House Of Commons. The speakers included Crystal Rose, a well-known television presenter and business owner Patrick Berry, owner of Choice FM and Elsa Redwood of the North London Business Development Agency. The special international speaker was the managing director of the biggest bank in Caribbean, who also happened to be a woman. Mrs. Gloria Knight, has reached the very top in financial services in Jamaica. The National Commercial Bank has to turn over of many millions. Not only did she give a fascinating address, but her bank were also the sponsor of that years event.

 

Hair & Beauty Special

The largest single group of black female business owner are in hair care and beauty. Some of these entrepreneurs have been in business for over twenty years. Our first seminar targeted at the hair and beauty sector was very popular. So Diane decided to put on a special event, for business owners in the sector. We were fortunate to obtain the sponsorship of the leading magazine in the black hair care field ‘’Black Beauty and Hair’’ The event was held at the House of Commons. And although it is difficult for busy hairdressers to take time away from their business, over 90 business owners attended the event.

 

NatWest Seminars 1995

Growing Your Business

in the autumn of that year Black Woman Mean Business held a further seminar in how to turn from a small business into a medium sized business into a medium sized business. Amongst the speakers was the head of NatWest small business service. Two speakers from the Department of Trade and Industry, talking about export promotion and Keith Kerr, one of British Airways top executives.

 

Starting up in Business

This was a seminar targeted at very new business owners. The speakers included a number of trainers and consultant, one of whom was Petra Barnard, managing director of a cable company and one of Britain’s top black executives.

 

Encouraging the would be entrepreneur

Once again Black Women Mean Business held an event designed to encourage young people who may not have thought of entrepreneurship, to go into business. Amongst the speakers were Trevor Philips, then a top producer at London Weekend Television. Business managers from NatWest bank and a range of consultants, PR and marketing practitioners.

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