The Black British Business Awards (BBBAwards) deadline for nominations has been extended to Tuesday 16th May 2017 – nominate here.

By highlighting inspirational black men and women in UK business and celebrating their successes and achievements, the BBBAwards aim to uncover, recognise and celebrate inspirational role models and ambassadors who represent the very best of business success.

Being selected as a finalist, or in fact winning an award, will attract attention and support from industry, the press, current and prospective employers and relationship partners.

Award Categories:

  • Financial Services (includes Finance and Financial Services: includes banks, brokers, payment services, insurance companies, credit card funds, regulators)
  • Consumer and Retail (includes food, beverage, household goods, retail, travel and leisure, cosmetics, personal and luxury goods)
  • Professional Services (includes law, accounting, management consultancy and in-house professionals)
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM, includes health, industrials, telecoms, pharmaceuticals, transport and energy)
  • Entrepreneur (operating their own business or social enterprise for over 18 months as at 16 May 2016)
  • Arts and Media (includes all media, design, fashion, performance art, publishing and advertising)

The BBBAwards Business Person of the Year is selected by the Judging Panel and celebrates a Senior Leader who:

  • has demonstrated consistent significant commercial and strategic influence over time
  • is an outstanding role model who makes a contribution to wider society
  • is recognised as an inspiration, including to other Senior Leaders
  • would be an outstanding Ambassador for the BBBAwards

Nomination Guidelines: 

  1. It is perfectly fine for you to nominate yourself.
  2. You can nomination on behalf of someone else without them knowing. (If they are shortlisted for an interview, they can then decide whether or not to participate).
  3. Avoid a rushed job! Plan ahead and take your time to consider the best content for an outstanding submission within the deadline.
  4. Reflect on the nominee’s career as a whole and over time. Give enough detail – taking into account their journey, challenges and milestones. Treat this like an elevator pitch – tell everything that you or the nominee are most proud of AND do it in a succinct manner.
  5. Stick to the point and avoid unnecessary information.
  6. Nominations that exceed the word limit will be marked down by the judges | Double check that all the contact details are correct | Provide evidence to support your nomination

Melanie Eusebe, Chair and Co-Founder of the Black British Business Awards commented:
“We are delighted to celebrate the fourth year of this awards programme by highlighting exceptional black British business minds from all over the country and their contribution to UK PLC. We are delighted to watch our award winners go from strength to strength, continuing to shatter stereotypes and pave the way for those coming through the pipeline. We look forward to meeting this year‘s nominees, who we are certain will contribute to the progression of BME talent in reaching the most senior levels in our organisations and be global ambassadors for British Business.” 

Vinay Kapoor, UK Head of Diversity and Inclusion at BNP Paribas said:
“For the third year running, BNP Paribas is delighted to sponsor and host the BBBA nomination reception. These awards provide a unique platform recognising the achievements of the black British business community in the UK and I’m honoured and pleased to be involved in the review process as a judge. Best of luck to all the nominees.”

Past award sponsors have included Baker & McKenzie, Barclays, Bloomberg, EY, Microsoft, and Thomson Reuters.

The judging panel is chaired by Sophie Chandauka, Executive Director and Chief Administrative Officer of Morgan Stanley’s Legal and Compliance Division in EMEA.

Past judges have included;

Tunji Akintokun, Director, Cisco | Jo Barnett, Director of Social Enterprise and Virgin Money Giving, Virgin Money | Karen Blackett OBE, Chairwoman, MediaCom | Vanessa Kingori, Publisher of GQ Magazine Portfolio, Condѐ Nast UK | David C. Peters, Advisory Board Director, Board Intelligence Ltd | Tim Campbell MBE, Head of Client Services, | Robert Friend, Global Head of FICC and Foundational Applications, Bloomberg | Donna Herdsman, Director, Hewlett Packard Enterprise | Oba Nsugbe, Head of Chambers, Pump Court Chambers | Dr Sandie Okoro, Global General Counsel, HSBC Global | Kenneth Tharp, Chief Executive, The Place.

Previous winners of the Black British Business Person of the year include:


This year’s Black British Business Awards ceremony will be held at The Grange St Paul’s Hotel, London, on 19th October 2017. Nominations can be submitted here.

The deadline for nominations is Tuesday 16th May 2017 – nominate here.

For further information on the awards visit www.thebbbawards.com