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INTRODUCING WRAY FORWARD

We are incredibly proud to partner with Wray & Nephew to bring you Wray Forward; a free programme featuring a series of workshops and masterclasses tailored to directly supporting Black-owned businesses of today, tomorrow and beyond. 

Digital Resilience for our Communities

The high street is a challenging environment, so we are building a 9-month programme for community businesses to help you scale up, expand your network, and discover new opportunities.

We are looking for community-focused businesses that are looking for an opportunity to expand in their industry. If this sounds like you then click the link below to sign up for our workshops.

Community Events 2022

How to Monetise
your Hobbies

In this session, young individuals are introduced to new and different ways of thinking about their careers and life prospects. It gives them a first-hand experience of solving a challenging business problem to create a business or an initiative internally within an organisation.
 

How to Increase your
Social Media Presence

In this workshop, you will learn how to implement a clear-cut strategy to maintain & grow your social media presence consistently and strategically. You will create a practical social media strategy that drives growth for your business by fostering lasting and loyal relationships with your audience.

The Side of Business
No One Talks About

This workshop will focus on an important aspect of entrepreneurship that is often overlooked. You will learn the impact of good mental & physical health on a founder & their business. We will also address methods of recovery for internal blockers like imposter syndrome, perfectionism, burnout & stress.

 

Music Business Ownership Accelerator

Black ownership in music is an issue we are committed to solving. We’ve built an intensive free virtual 3-month accelerator helping Black business owners in music increase visibility, scale up their business, and access investment. 

Applications have been launched, click the link below to find out how you can be one of the 20 businesses that will go through this programme.

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Why this programme, Why now?

The pandemic drove entrepreneurial spirit, with over 835,000 businesses registered in the UK, with a 42% increase vs 2019 (source: Small Business UK). Though according to the British Business Bank, Black entrepreneurs are still being held back with limited access to financial support, education and opportunities.

 

In particular, the music industry was one of the hardest hit segments - employment plunged by 35% and the industry’s economic contribution fell by 46% (source: Music Business Week). Despite some improvements in recent years, racism remains rife with 86% of people saying they have faced barriers to their career due to race (source: Black Lives in Music Report). The Wray Forward programme aims to support our entrepreneurial community by improving access and facilitating growth.

 

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

 

Wray Forward is a pioneering, first-of-its-kind project to support the growth of both community businesses as well as the enterprises behind the artists we know and love.