Black, African & Caribbean Communities Event
On Monday 11th September 2023, I was pleased to host a celebration of the contribution of the Black, African and Caribbean Communities to the City of London at the Old Bailey.
This reception marked the many examples of how the Black communities have successfully set up business in London, providing jobs and prosperity.
Speakers included Blondel Cluff CBE and Kwesi Bimpong.
Blondel Cluff CBE
Blondel Cluff CBE is Chief Executive for The West India Committee. She spoke about her lived experience and the incredible work of the West India Committee. Kwesi Bimpong leads The Black Apprentice Network, a growing community link for aspiring Caribbean and African apprentices, particularly in the technology, law, and finance sectors. Kwesi shared his experience as a Goldman Sachs apprentice and the memories of his late uncle that inspired him to work in the Square Mile.
I would like to thank the team at the Old Bailey who organised and catered the event; His Honour Judge Mark Lucraft KC, the Recorder of London, with whose permission the event took place; Mark Gettleson and the City Belonging Project, who assisted with putting the event together; and Blondel Cluff and Kwesi Bimpong for speaking.
If you work in the Square Mile and would like to be kept up to date about more community events, please sign up to the City Belonging Project at www.belongingproject.city. This is a new City of London Corporation initiative to build a more inclusive Square Mile where community thrives.