Finalists have been revealed for this year’s Black British Organization Awards, an once-a-year event that celebrates the achievements of some of the UK’s best company bosses and business owners.

Now in its eighth calendar year, the awards emphasize “exceptional small business talent” across six industries: arts and media buyer and luxury commence-ups money services qualified services and STEM (science, tech, engineering and maths).

Between the 39 businesspeople shortlisted are Taponeswa Mavunga, director of Africa at Sony Songs United kingdom, Akima Paul-Lambert, litigation lover at Hogan Lovells, and Edgar Chibaka and Jamal Tahlil, co-founders of Leeds-based mostly security firm Initially Reaction Group.

Sophie Chandauka, co-founder and chair of the awards, claimed: “Our finalists have delivered incredible industrial value across sectors in unstable marketplaces, in which business owners in particular have been decimated.

“They have been strategic advisors to their providers and boards as world businesses are challenged by traders to handle systemic racism.

“Despite the pandemic and social unrest, they are fiercely aggressive, creative and commercially savvy. They are world in their outlook and ambition, and characterize the very most effective of remaining British in a publish-pandemic, publish-Brexit Europe.”

Segun Osuntokun of regulation firm Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner was named black British businessperson of 2020 at previous year’s ceremony.