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Wray Forward

THE WRAY FORWARD
COMMUNITY IN NUMBERS

1,825

Businesses In The Community

1196

Female Business Leaders (66%)

16.5

Hours of Free Learning

23+

Industries Represented

BACKING BLACK BUSINESS

Launched in 2021, Wray Forward is a free & inclusive programme built to nurture

the foundations of the entrepreneurial community.

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DIGITAL RESILIENCE
FOR OUR COMMUNITIES

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Black owned businesses make up 4% of the business population in the UK, yet they provide over 70,000 jobs and have a turnover of almost £4.5 billion – which is growing. (source: Greater London Authority). However, Black entrepreneurs are still being held back with limited access to financial support, education, and opportunities (source: British Business Bank).

Community is who we are and why we are here, and it’s time to give back. As a nationwide initiative, Wray Forward aims to support UK Black business owners across the country by improving access, promoting ownership and facilitating growth.

Community Prog & Events
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BUSINESS 
BUILDING

WORKSHOPS

We have chosen 9 expert-led workshops, offering you valuable insights and skills on what it takes to build and scale your business ventures. These workshops will run from April to November 2024 and will be a mix of in-person and virtual sessions.

The Entrepreneurial Mindset, 03 April 2024

The first workshop focuses on the essence of the founder's mindset in this dynamic workshop. Unravel the driving forces behind your entrepreneurial pursuits, embrace your unique story, and cultivate a growth mindset as you develop resilience, and adaptability, and learn invaluable lessons from successful founders.

Securing Brand Partnerships, 01 May 2024

Join us for an engaging workshop tailored for entrepreneurs seeking to start and scale their ventures. In this dynamic session, we'll unravel the secrets of securing your first brand partnership or enhancing existing ones, empowering you to unlock new opportunities for growth.

 

Building Your Personal Brand, 29 May 2024

Embark on a captivating journey of self-discovery and personal transformation as we delve into the powerful world of personal branding, uncovering the hidden secrets of influence and persuasion, and empowering you with a treasure trove of tools to stand out and shine! 

 

EVENTS

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Pitch Night
 

Virtual  19.09.2024            Virtual 21.11.2024

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Join us to showcase your business in front of a panel of investors and industry leaders, with a chance to win a grant to support your venture.

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Virtual  16.05.2024            Virtual 08.07.2024

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WHY THIS PROGRAMME, WHY NOW?

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Unveil the essence of our Wray Forward programme, intricately designed to address the diverse challenges facing our entrepreneurial and artistic community, driven by an unwavering commitment to fostering inclusivity and support in the aftermath of the pandemic's disruptions, with the ultimate goal of facilitating sustainable growth and collective resilience, aiming not only to provide immediate assistance but also to ignite a transformative journey, amplifying the voices and ambitions of our vibrant community, guiding them towards lasting success and prosperity.

Wray Forward is a free programme built to change and support the foundations of our community.

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