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BE Mogul – recognising the most influential and inspirational black business owners in Britain today

BE Mogul is a biennial (every other year) awards ceremony that celebrates the contribution of black British business owners, organisations and entrepreneurs.

In addition to the profiles of successful nominees, the awards ceremony highlights the contribution of entrepreneurs of African and Caribbean origin to the UK economy and acknowledges the movers and shakers in Britain’s black business community.

“BE Mogul provides a platform for positive business role models, who may or may not have been recognised in the mainstream media, to inspire and encourage others. We want to shout loud and proud about the positive economic contribution black-owned businesses are making in Britain today.” – Mavis Amankwah, Founder 

Our supporters

BE Mogul has had the official support of NatWest, 10 Downing Street and the Mayor of London.

“Over 1.2 million Londoners are of black descent, almost 16% of our city’s population, so it is obvious that black businesses and entrepreneurs have a vital role to play in our future prosperity, bringing innovation and dynamism, as well as links to overseas markets. From finance to design and retail to food, black entrepreneurs are already making a huge contribution to our city’s success.” – Boris Johnson, Mayor of London

The contribution of black-owned businesses

There are many successful Black British entrepreneurs, some of whom have worked hard against all odds to make it. Unfortunately, they’re not always acknowledged for their hard work. That’s the inspiration behind BE Mogul.

Here are some facts and figures you might not have seen before:

  • In the 1990s, the majority of black-owned businesses mainly served the black community, with niche services like hairdressing, food retail and catering.
  • Today an increasing number of black entrepreneurs are running multimillion pound companies in mainstream sectors such as IT, financial services, property, media and fashion, as well as law, consulting, recruitment and other professional services.
  • In London alone, there are 16,000 businesses owned by people of black African and Caribbean descent.
  • London’s black-owned businesses currently employ 100,000 people and generate a combined annual sales turnover of around £10 billion*.

BE Mogul aims to encourage this positive evolution by bringing successful black businesses to the attention of the mainstream media and the wider business community across the UK.

For further information please email or contact 0203 633 0513 / 0791 613 5678

* Statistics from Britain: The Rise and Rise of Black Britain, by Eric Osei

2018  Launch Event

We are pleased to announce that NatWest will be supporting  BE Mogul 2018  for the 2nd year running. Our launch event took place on 17th November 2017 at NatWest, 250 Bishopsgate, London, pictures coming soon!  

2018  Nominations Are Now Open

You can nominate yourself, a friend, a family member, colleague, business associate and anyone you feel deserves recognition. The closing date is 22nd of October 2018.

Winners will be contacted via email on Tuesday, October 30th 2018.

2018  Main Awards Event

This event takes place on Thursday, November 22nd, 2018 at NatWest, 280 Bishopsgate, London. More information will be posted both on our website and social media platforms soon. If you would like to advertise your business, brand or product or want to take an advert out in the publication please call 07949847841.

Ticket registration for the Main Awards Event is live! We will not be charging nominees and winners, however, all other attendees will have to pay £10 via Eventbrite.

Please note this event is limited to 1 ticket per person

2016 Event

The official launch of BE Mogul 2016 took place in London on 4 February 2016 at NatWest, Bishopsgate.  You can download an e-version of the 2016 BE Mogul publication.