Diversity, equity & inclusion

MBA 30 – a targeted education programme for Black entrepreneurs

We’re supporting the Black British Initiative (BBI) who are partnering with SOAS University of London and the Stephen Lawrence Day Foundation to support Black entrepreneurs in business.

We’re supporting BBI’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) course, a targeted education programme for Black entrepreneurs designed by University of London’s SOAS. The certificate-level qualification, named MBA 30, aims to address the challenges and disadvantages faced by aspiring Black entrepreneurs entering and operating in the world of business.


How we’re supporting

We’re proud to be be funding spaces for 30 entrepreneurs to participate in the programme, which has been curated to provide Black entrepreneurs with the necessary skills, knowledge, and networks to thrive in their respective industries. The course curriculum encompasses a wide range of essential business areas, including leadership, marketing, decision-making, market and trend analysis and strategy, with a wide range of industry specialist contributors such as Michael Barrington Hibbert, Founder and Managing partner of BHA, Brintha Koether, Vodafone Global Head of Business Solutions and Alex Clegg & Paul Cardwell, Founders Saboteur Brand Consultancy.


Julie Baker, our Head of Enterprise and Climate Engagement and Partnerships joined Lord Dr Michael Hastings, Chair of SOAS University of London and Chair of BBI and Jess Neil, CEO of Stephen Lawrence Day Foundation, at the MBA 30 launch event which featured talks from two prominent entrepreneurs who shared their personal business challenges and how the MBA 30 will empower them to overcome these obstacles.

To commemorate the 30th anniversary of Stephen Lawrence's passing, the MBA 30 programme will enrol 30 students per cohort, one for each year since Stephen Lawrence’s murder. The first cohort began in September and the second cohort will begin their studies in October.  


Our Managing Director and Head of Business Banking, Andrew Harrison, said “At NatWest, we’re committed to supporting Black entrepreneurial talent and supporting the next generation of Black Business Owners which is why we are delighted to be working with BBI in Partnership with Stephen Lawrence Day Foundation & SOAS University of London on MBA 30 to drive positive change.”

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