Agricultural entrepreneur Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones will be the keynote speaker at the UK Black Business Entrepreneurs Conference 2022, it has been confirmed.
The 63-year-old, who lives near Launceston in Cornwall and farms in Devon, is behind the award-winning Black Farmer food range. He obtained an MBE for services to agriculture in 2019.
In 2020, he launched an online agricultural store after sales began to soar amid the pandemic. It offers produce from across the West Country, including free-range meats, grass-fed meats and local deli meats, as well as Mr. Emmanuel-Jones’ Brigg Stowe 1155 beer and Yokel cider. Gold.
Mr Emmanuel-Jones, who recently appeared on the BBC Question timewill be speaking on the topic of “empire building and market access” at the event, which will take place on Thursday July 14 at the NatWest Conference Center in London.
Other speakers at the conference, organized by Aspire Consultancy in partnership with the Black Business Association (BBA) and diversity organization MSDUK, include:
- Lord Michael Hastings, President of the London Chamber of Commerce Black Business Association;
- Henry Bonsu, British African broadcaster, presenter and international journalist;
- Dr. Carlton Brown, author of the Black Entrepreneur Report, entrepreneur and academic.
The event follows the publication of The 2021 Black Entrepreneur Reportwhich provides insight into black entrepreneurship in the UK.
“[The Black Farmer] confidently elevates the conversation for black entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship in rural and urban England,” a spokesperson for the event said.
“He is justifiably proud of the Black Farmer brand, which encompasses more than its award-winning sausages. It epitomizes an extraordinary life.”
Tickets for the day conference costs £75 (plus seller fees) and includes supply workshops; speech; round tables; and networking. Tickets can be reserved through Eventbrite.
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