The UK Black Business Entrepreneurs Conference recently launched a masterclass series aimed at helping Black-owned businesses navigate the challenges of growth and achieve their goals.

The series, held in partnership with NatWest, Tesco, Kraft Heinz, Co-op, Aspire Consultancy, and the People’s Partner, featured interactive workshops in Manchester (April 10), Birmingham (April 18), and London (May 3).

The masterclasses were designed to equip both aspiring and established entrepreneurs with essential tools and knowledge. Participants learned to establish a clear roadmap for their business, set measurable goals, understand customer motivations, attract and retain the right customers, and effectively reach their target audience.

Insights from Industry Leaders

Philip Banks, Strategy and Trade Director at Tesco, highlighted the value of sharing insights with passionate entrepreneurs. He mentioned the experience of Segun Akinwoleola, founder and CEO of Gym Kitchen, as a notable example of success through Tesco’s Accelerator programme. Banks expressed hope that some of the entrepreneurs would be inspired to work with Tesco in the future.

Michelle Raymond, Managing Director at The People’s Partner, emphasised the dynamic and impactful nature of the regional masterclasses. She praised the commitment and skill of participants and speakers, noting the sessions’ significant learning and development opportunities.

Richard McKeown, Channel Director at Kraft Heinz, shared practical experiences on making successful business pitches. His seminar provided attendees with actionable steps for creating compelling pitches and building effective selling stories.

Sharniya Ferdinand, NatWest Enterprise Community Strategy Director, focused on the fundamentals of finance in her session. She expressed delight in supporting the masterclasses, which covered topics like sales, access to supply chains, funding, strategic marketing, and PR. Ferdinand was impressed by the engagement and enthusiasm of the participating entrepreneurs.

The success of the masterclass series highlights the ongoing need for support and education tailored to Black-owned businesses. The UK Black Business Entrepreneurs Conference continues to provide valuable resources and networking opportunities for entrepreneurs.