Meet the Team
Leslie Ayoola (Cllr)
Dr. Rotimi Olaniyan
Advisory Board Member
Advisory Board Member
Here at B-Global we’re dedicated to helping black-led companies like yours by providing business support in Nottinghamshire and beyond. Our pioneering black-led business network strives to help every African heritage and ethnic minority business in Nottingham, Derby, and the wider East Midlands area.
Evidence has shown that ethnic minority businesses contribute £25 million to the UK’s economy each year. Yet historically, BAME business owners find it difficult to access finance from traditional sources. They also tend to avoid taking up mainstream business support services. However, with such an under-representation of black-owned businesses in the UK, it’s clear that a culturally-specific service like B-Global is needed.
Supported by a Board of Directors and an Advisory Board of 13 Black business owners, B-Global has a powerful background. Representatives from wide-ranging sectors including IT, training, commercial law, international trade, higher education, marketing, accountancy, business advice, media, and retail sales are all onboard. As a result, B-Global is well-placed to give local entrepreneurs the help and guidance they seek.
It’s our vision to support new entrepreneurs in acquiring the start-up funding they need. We help by improving ethnic minority access to business resources in Nottingham and Derby and by running training courses and workshops so business owners can learn and develop key skills.
While we’re on hand to help give prospective business owners greater access to funding in Nottingham and Derby, we’re also here to support BAME business growth in the Midlands overall. By providing tailored adviser-led business support in partnership with the D2N2 Growth Hub and Nottingham City Council we help BAME business owners reach their full potential.
With our business support in Derbyshire and beyond, we help established African and ethnic minority heritage business owners scale up their enterprises. We also run business events in Nottingham to widen networking opportunities. We want local BAME business owners to meet like-minded entrepreneurs and forge beneficial working partnerships.
Our long-term goal is to establish a directory of black and BAME businesses in Nottingham and beyond and to bring businesses together to celebrate BAME cultures. We want to create a strong and thriving black business community hub and forum and provide entrepreneurs with a well-resourced business platform so they can feel empowered.
If you’re ready to start or grow your business in Nottinghamshire, B-Global should be your first port of call. By joining the community, you can develop vital skills, expand your reach, and become more successful than you imagined!