Updated: Jul 19
Founder and CEO of the Show & Week, Raphael Sofoluke spoke on the importance of championing Black entrepreneurs and the need to highlight Black role models. He says…
“The UK is filled with amazing Black entrepreneurs who, despite the challenges they have faced, have risen to the top in their industries- it’s important we celebrate them and I’m proud to have collaborated with HSBC UK to deliver a list of 25 fantastic Black entrepreneurs."
Peter McIntyre, Head of Small Business Banking for HSBC UK, said:
“We’re delighted to celebrate today’s Black business leaders and we are committed to ensuring that access to finance is fair and open for all entrepreneurs.”
Renee, who founded Out The Box in 2014, shared via LinkedIn:
“Big up to UK Black Business Show Ltd and HSBC for featuring yours truly on their top 25 Black Entrepreneurs list ✨🙏🏿 - pure gratitude!
At Out The Box we CONSISTENTLY go hard to cater our community of over 2,000 young Black creatives, entrepreneurs, freelancers and professionals through events, webinars (something like 42 and counting) and linking them to industry opportunities. We’ve also spent the last two years working with M&C Saatchi Saturday School and Mentor Black Business on their community management and it’s been a pleasure to be part of the journey.
We’ve been doing this for a minute, and it’s still lots of trial and error, pivoting, going HAM behind the scenes, and consistent learning. We’re really only just getting started.
It’s a pleasure to be featured alongside such an ON POINT group of pioneers, many of who I’ve had the opportunity to connect or work with through the network of Out The Box.
Thank you Raphael Sofoluke and the UKBBShow team - we are blessed to have you!!!”
Read the full article and see the other amazing honourees here: https://ukblackbusinessweek.com/25-top-black-entrepreneurs-to-watch-in-2021