backing black business

200 years proud, Wray & Nephew sits at the heart of the African - Caribbean community, representing a unique, cross-generational icon within Black British culture. From suitcases on HMS Windrush as a taste and nostalgic memory of ‘home’, our beloved spirit has trickled into living rooms, dancehalls, community centres and bars - creating lifelong memories. Community is who we are and why we are here, and it’s time to give back.

We’ve been hard at work behind the scenes, and we are incredibly proud to launch Wray Forward, a multi-year commitment to nurture 300+ community businesses.

Championing the forward movement of Black businesses

A programme for change

Wray Forward is a free programme built to change and support the foundations of our community. We aim to support our entrepreneurial community by improving access, promoting Black ownership in music and facilitating growth.

It takes a village. So we've brought in the best of the best.

We’re proud to partner with Foundervine - a social enterprise and accelerator for Black businesses and entrepreneurs - with the support of 40+ industry partners.

Together, we will champion the forward movement of Black businesses all over the UK.

WHAT’s happening in the community

86% of people In the music industry, say they have faced barriers to their career due to race (source: Black Lives in Music Report 2020).

Furthermore, Black entrepreneurs are still being held back with limited access to financial support, education and opportunities (source: British Business Bank).

WHAT’s happening in the community

We are committed to supporting the growth of community businesses and the enterprises behind the artists we know and love.

Our programme is one that:

Makes an impact

Is inclusive

Showcases pride

Celebrates our community

Big or small, new or old, all businesses are welcome.

What we're doing

What we're doing

Together with Foundervine, we’ve created two FREE bespoke programmes - both by and for our community

COMMUNITY BUSINESS PROGRAMME:

This is a monthly programme of workshops aimed at community businesses. This is for you to scale up your business, expand your network and discover new opportunities.

Sign up here for workshops.

APPLY NOW

Time commitment: 1x 2 hour masterclasses, evenings (Virtual)

At a glance, you'll get:

Training: from resilience to long-term sustainability and business growth

Masterclasses: learn how to build your online brand, develop a business idea and more

Exclusive coaching sessions: group session with a professional business coach

Music Business Accelerator:

This is a 3-month programme helping Black business owners in music. This is for you to scale up your business, increase your visibility and pitch your business idea to investors.

Start date: 3rd August 2022
Time commitment: Weekly 2hr masterclasses, evenings (Virtual)

At a glance, you'll get:

Networking opportunities: with industry professionals and talent

Mentoring: from the best in the business

Pitch Day: Opportunity to pitch your business idea to a room of investors

With access to industry professionals such as Speech Debelle, Alex Boateng, Shauni Caballero, and Felix Howard - to name a few - you will sit in on engaging workshops and regular talks from industry experts to keep the good vibes rolling

Who we are looking for

Who we are looking for

Community Criteria

High street store owners

Online businesses

Tech Companies

Consultants

Fashion Designers

Food & Beverage

Hairdressers/stylists

Health and beauty products

Home & Lifestyle

Restaurants / bars

Music Criteria

Media

Publishing/labels

Creative agencies

Live events

A FREE, INCLUSIVE AND ACCESSIBLE PROGRAMME TO DEVELOP BLACK BUSINESS

What youwill gain

Whatyou will gain

Community

Business knowledge and advice

Access to tailored resources

Access to virtual community and peer support

Continuous coaching support

Opportunity to showcase your business

Music

Mentoring

Access to tailored resources

Access to virtual community and peer support

Opportunity to showcase your business

*Pitch Day to Investors

*Pitch Video

*Once you have been given a space on the programme you will need to apply for the Pitch day opportunity