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The Black British Business Awards celebrates retail professionals from Farfetch and more

Chloe Burney
11 July 2023

The Black British Business Awards (BBBAwards) – which recognises exceptional performance of professionals and entrepreneurs in the UK – has announced the 2023 finalists, including retail experts from Farfetch, Asos and Reformation.

Ahead of its 10th Anniversary ceremony in October, the awards will host a ceremony to celebrate the finalists at the InterContinental London, Park Lane on 13 October.

Over the past decade, the BBBAwards have showcased over 370 individuals and 80 organisations that are championing Black excellence in business. In 2023, the BBBAwards celebrate rising stars and senior leaders across six categories, one of which is consumer-focused.

This year's theme is #WeAre, celebrating the Black community and its allies working together to drive racial equity in 2023.

Finalists include Kelsa Albert, the People Development Lead at Farfetch, in the ‘Consumer and Luxury Rising Star’ category. In addition, the ‘Consumer and Luxury Senior Leader of the Year’ category singles out Alexis Cepeda Maule, the Managing Director of UK and Europe at Reformation, and Vanessa Spence, the Senior Creative Director at Asos, for their outstanding work in the field.

Sophie Chandauka MBE, Chair and Executive Founder of the BBBAwards commented: "As we reflect on a decade of challenge and transformation, the 10th Anniversary of the Black British Business Awards is a testament to the immense spirit and unwavering resilience of Black British entrepreneurs and professionals.

"Our finalists navigated a difficult global economic environment to deliver extraordinary value, showcasing innovation as entrepreneurs and strategic brilliance in some of the most iconic commercial brands and systemically important corporations.

"I am proud to welcome the Class of 2023 to our world-class showcase of Black talent, and we specifically applaud the investment of their companies and Allies who have stood with them to ensure their success today and for years to come!"

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