WBBN Annual Business Conference 2021

By BCBF 2021 (other events)

Thursday, October 14 2021 5:30 PM 9:20 PM CET

“Resilience of small businesses in our city, sharing experience and learning from one another”

WBBN would like to invite the business Community of the City of Wolverhampton and beyond to its 5 th Annual Business Conference at the Novotel Wolverhampton, Union Street, WV1 3JN on Thursday, 14th October 2021 starting from 5.30pm. The conference will create opportunity for businesses to come and listen to how our speakers from various business support organizations around the region on how to survive the challenges of Covid-19.

You will have opportunities of hearing from our speakers about business finance; and champions of industry on their efforts to grow the economy of our City post Brexit and Covid-19.

The Network works with various organisations and business groups as well as the City Council to maintain Economic growth of the Region. This year we are working with HSBC to offer Enterprise Mentoring to business owners.

The Conference is open to all sectors of business especially those seeking to explore new opportunities. Come and be part of making our city economy prosperous.


  • 5.30 Registration & Pre-event Networking
  • 5.50 - 6.00pm - Hosts: Introduction of the Speakers by Ms. Janet Smith – WBBN Director; CEO JS Associates & The Cards and Little Gifts Company AND Councillor Celia Hibbert
  • 6.00 - 6.05pm - Welcome Remark by Mr. Sam Duru - WBBN Chairman; CEO SCA Management Consulting Ltd
  • 6.05 - 6.40pm - Councillor Stephen Simkins – Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder Inclusive City Economy (15mins)
    • Councillor Ian Brookfield – Leader of the City of Wolverhampton Council (10mins)
    • Mr. David Pattison – Chief Operating Officer City of Wolverhampton Council (10mins)
  • 6.40 - 7.00pm - -Mr. Kevin Davis – CEO The Vine Group & Non-Exec. Director at Black Country LEP
  • 7.00 - 7.20pm - Mr. Anthony Davis – CEO Jamaican Patties (based in Wolverhampton)
  • 7.20 - 7.30pm - Comfort Break and Refreshments
  • 7.30 - 7.50pm - Mr. Byron Dixon OBE – Founder & CEO Micro-Fresh
  • 7.50- 8.10pm - Ms. Jennifer Samuel Founder & CEO of Ferrinje Hair & Beauty (Based in Wolverhampton); WBBN Director
  • 8.10 – 8.30pm - Mr. Keano Chang – President & Co-Founder at iKnowa, former Cognitive Strategist at IBM
  • 8.30 – 8.50pm - Mr. Mayank Shah - Founder & CEO, Minority Supplier Development UK (MSDUK)
  • 8.50 – 9.15pm - Panel Discussion with – Ms. Sharniya Ferdinand - Enterprise Manager at NATWEST; Ms. Harriet Saunders - Funds Executive at Funding Scaleup Enterprises (FSEGroup); Byron Dixon OBE; Keano Chang.
  • 9.15 – 9.20pm - Closing & vote of thanks/Networking by CEO Divine Heritage Trades Ltd & Network Co-ordinator WBBN