Empowerment in the neighbourhood

Woman wearing a fascinatorStory by Rae Panache | Photo by 2030

Vision Rose Tomlin is the founder of Black Owned Business Sheffield (BOBS). She promotes and circulates information regarding black businesses in Sheffield and the surrounding areas. She is a dynamic passionate black woman who has a strong-willed spirit with a vision to empower other woman to network and collaborate. BOBS has an online presence on Facebook which has been created and managed by this inspiring woman.

On 30th March Rose organised the International Women in Business Conference to bring together local businesses to celebrate International Women’s Day. It was a huge success with great networking potential and women came to support, engage and give exceptional motivational talks.

A fashion show was put on with contributions from Exquisite Me Fascinators, a local business run by Diane Rose, who specialises in quality handcrafted hats and fascinators. Tara Crowd, a fashion designer who designs bespoke clothing and jewellery, provided a great selection of clothing which was funky, bright and on trend.

One World Choir performed some excellent entertainment, and food was provided by Lyonz Den – another local community business – who served a tasty selection of food with a twist. It was absolutely delicious.

With the event being such a huge success, the word spread and another event is planned in Birmingham for 25th May. It is entitled ‘The Empowerment Project’ and is all about giving black people a voice. Tickets to this event can be found on Eventbrite.com and it is free.

Sheffield’s local black businesses will be making an appearance at the event spreading the good word of networking and I believe there are great times ahead for black businesses in Sheffield. Power to the people!

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