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The Wray Forward
community in numbers

3,812

Businesses In The Community

1,196

Female Business Leaders (66%)

48

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

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.

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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.

Law & Order: Business Edition,
26 June 2024

Empower your growing business by mastering crucial legal principles in this comprehensive workshop. Uncover the intricacies of intellectual property, develop strategies to safeguard your assets, and gain proficiency in the art of contracts, ensuring your venture thrives on a solid legal foundation.

The Resilient Entrepreneur,
24 July 2024

This workshop is tailored for entrepreneurs at all levels, from those just starting their journey to seasoned business owners. In this session, we'll explore the critical theme of resilience in entrepreneurship, equipping you with strategies to navigate challenges, adapt to change, and thrive in the face of adversity.

Community Is Everything,
21 August 2024

This workshop is designed for entrepreneurs at all stages, from startups to scaling ventures, highlighting the crucial role of community in business success. Join us for an interactive session on practical strategies for community building and leveraging its power for entrepreneurial growth.

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Pitch Nights

London 18.07.2024 | 19.09.2024 | 21.11.2024        

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.

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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