Wednesday, November 11, 2009
The Organising Committee of the Recon Community Leaders Awards has honoured the author of British Caribbean Enterprises: A Century of Challenges and Successes, Dr. Christopher A. Johnson, for showcasing the contribution of the UK Black community in business.
Dr. Johnson who is also an award-winning journalist, editor and publisher, works as an independent business management consultant. Between 2008 and early this year, he facilitated a record of more than 350 clients for Business Link services, a feat that earned him praise for fostering genuine partnership between public institutions and diverse communities.
His book, British Caribbean Enterprises, is the first of its kind to feature hundreds of small firms across 11 industry sectors and business segments, covering three generations of entrepreneurs, as far back as 1907. This landmark publication has attracted considerable endorsement and appreciation from academics, businesses, trade associations, diplomats and professional bodies.
In receiving the award, the Caribbean-born author and publisher said this, “I receive this prestigious award with humility and pride knowing that there are thousands of our businesses struggling whilst others are working relentlessly to compete in the marketplace of ideas, goods and services. I pray that this award will help propel the importance of, and offer greater recognition to the need for top quality technical assistance and enterprise support especially for the small firm sector which, at the moment, is the real engine of growth for the world economy as a whole.”
The awards ceremony which was held on the 31st October 2009, is in keeping with US President Barak Obama’s policy of engagement with Africa and the Diaspora. Previous recipients of this Award include Baroness Valerie Amos, first Black woman Cabinet Minister and Leader of the House of Lords; Nicky Gavron, former Deputy Mayor of London; Isaac Osei, former Ghana High Commissioner to the UK and Northern Ireland, and Kwame Kwei-Armah, Playwright & Actor. For more information on this ground-breaking book, visit www.britishcaribbeanenterprises.com or log in to www.guycaribbean.blogspot.com