Thursday, October 13, 2005

Black Enterprise Awards 2005

The 2005 UK Trade & Investment Black Enterprise Awards were announced last week at a gala ceremony at London's Guildhall. It was the fourth year of these annual awards, which recognised the achievements of Black British businesses in a total of nine categories, with an additional award of Black Enterprise Champion decided by Black Enterprise and the awards organisers. Title sponsor for the awards was UK Trade & Investment, the government organisation that provides support and services to companies seeking to supply or trade in overseas markets. Other sponsors of the 2005 Black Enterprise Awards included the magazine Noir, the conciliation service ACAS and the UK Department of Trade and Industry. The event also had an official charity, Children with AIDS Charity (CWAC). Winners of the nine category awards included Nubian Jak Ltd, creators of a 'black board game', who won the Innovator of the Year Award. The Black Enterprise Rising Star of the Year award went to Interims for Development, a business that uses the experience and expertise of British based professionals to work within African businesses on an interim basis. Media training company Media For All won the 2005 award for Emerging Company of the Year while the honour of Entrepreneur of the Year went to the 'Black Farmer', Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones. The Young Entrepreneur of the Year award went to Impact Consortium, which offers IT support and business consultancy among its range of services. The award for Corporate Leader of the Year went to Thames Energy Ltd, an engineering consulting and contracting firm which promotes the efficient production and use of primary energy resources. Thames Energy also won a second award, the Black Enterprise and ACAS Employer of the Year award. Archipelago Textiles was awarded the International Business of the Year honour in recognition of its success as a designer and producer of exclusive hand-woven fine textiles. The 2005 Black Enterprise Lifetime Achievement award was presented to Dyke & Dryden, while the honour of Black Enterprise Champion went to Neil Folkes, Director of Technical Systems UK Ltd which manufactures garment packaging machinery.

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