Business success stories in Bedford’s African and Caribbean community were recognised at an awards evening on Saturday.
The Bedford Africa & Caribbean Forum Black History Month 2013 celebration was held at the Harpur Suite in Bedford.
This year it recognised businesses run by Africans and Caribbeans in Bedford.
The main speaker was Samuel Kasumu, founder of Elevation Networks, an award winning youth employment charity that develops the leadership potential of young people to increase their employability.
The event came sadly just a few days after the death of Carl Bernard, chairman of The Bedford African & Caribbean Forum since 1998.
Richard Fuller, MP for Bedford and Kempston, was a special guest and he said afterwards: “Celebrating this year’s achievements as part of Black History month had added poignancy following the death of Carl Barnard.
“The growing number of entrepreneurs and businesses that were recognised gives us great hope for the future and the speech by Samuel Kasumu, a serial entrepreneur by the age of 25, was an inspiration to all young people.”
Certificates were pre-sented by Dr Pamela Bernard, CEO of The Multi-Heritage Organisation Limited.
They were presented to
n Association of Nigerian Communities Bedfordshire chair – Mr Ibrahim Abdu
n Development Initiatives Organisation| L&S Accounting Firm| L&S Accounting Firm Umbrella - managing directors Mr & Mrs Oronsaye
n Friends of the Caribbean MK founder – Mr Wain McIntosh
n Kingsway International Christian Centre Bedford branch - Pastor Olatunji Siwoku
n Kolorpurple Niche Marketing managing director – Ms Joanne Thomas
n Mastroe CEO - Mr Mast Aladewolu
n Network Rider Limited director - Pastor Jean Ngoy
n The Beauty Shop directors – Mr & Mrs Apollo Bakundukize
n The Miracle Church of God in Christ general secretary - Mrs Stephanie Grant
n The Multi-Heritage Organisation project manager - Mr Alex Audain
n The Streetwyze Project MD/founder – Mr Errol Thompson.