Young Black Business event inspires enterprise

Issue date: 17 November 2009

The African and Caribbean Young Enterprise (ACYE) Young Black Business 2009, Pierian Centre, Portland Square, Bristol BS2 8SA
Wednesday 18 November 13.30 - 17.30

A groundbreaking business initiative for Bristol's young black entrepreneurs is being launched as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week. The African and Caribbean Young Enterprise (ACYE) organisation in Bristol, is co-founded by University of the West of England student Karl Belizaire. The free event is an opportunity for aspiring entrepreneurs to network and find out about business support, work experience and social networking.

Special guests include Yana Johnston MBE, founder of Yana Cosmetics, Tim Bosworth, founder of Think Big Be Big and local Bristol entrepreneur Clayton Planter.

•Yana Johnson started her own cosmetics business in 1992 at a department store in Brixton. She quickly built up a loyal following and is one of the most inspiring black businesswomen in the UK. She was awarded the MBE in 2009 to acknowledge her achievements, innovation and entrepreneurship.

•Think Big Be Big is the brainchild of London-based serial entrepreneur, Timothy Bosworth. Timothy is a well-known social commentator with over 10 years experience in sales and media.

•Clayton Clyde Planter is a freelance project manager and events coordinator with expertise in the creative, arts and media sectors. His successful projects include: St Paul's Carnival, Arts Council, Youth Music Zone, Remix, Mobo Orgainsation, Ashton Court Festival, Basement Studio, Def Jam Records and MTV Base.

ACYE is dedicated to supporting, inspiring and empowering more sustainable young black businesses. Founder members Karl Belizaire and Carol Quaye said, “Through Young Black Business 2009 we have an exciting opportunity to demonstrate the ways in which ACYE can inspire, empower and support young would-be entrepreneurs, particularly from African and Caribbean backgrounds.

“ACYE will play a key role in developing the skills and abilities of young aspiring business people to encourage social stability and economic growth .”

Karl has already founded the UWE Enterprise Club for UWE students who aim to establish their own profitable as well as not-for-profit business enterprises.

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