Black Farmer Announced Alongside META as MSDUK Awards Finalist

The 18 finalists for the MSDUK Awards have been announced. From one of the world’s largest consultancies to start-up entrepreneurs, the MSDUK Awards recognize companies that work hard to make supply chains both inclusive and competitive.

Some of the UK’s largest and most influential procurement organisations, both public and private, will be recognized for their unwavering commitment to inclusive sourcing and the openness of their supply chains. The doors they help open for small businesses and minority-owned businesses and have a lasting impact on these growing businesses. Meanwhile, ethnic minority-owned businesses across the UK will be recognized for their innovation, growth and entrepreneurial spirit.

Speaking about being shortlisted as a finalist, Krystle Sands, Supplier Diversity Program Manager, EMEA, Meta said, “At Meta, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) are top priorities for our company, and we are going even further in our commitment to diversity. . Our Supplier Diversity mission is to help companies with diverse interests do business with Meta and with the people and communities Meta connects. We are working to create programs to support and expand the diversity of our suppliers and help other companies and organizations understand the impact of and grow their DEI efforts. Being selected as a finalist for the Emerging Corporate Supplier Diversity award is recognition of our team’s efforts to make an impact in the UK and around the world.

Speaking about being shortlisted as a finalist, Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones MBE, aka The Black Farmer, said: “Young ethnic minority Britons often struggle to open the right doors. MSDUK does a brilliant job of leveling the playing field in the UK and Europe and, for example, helping guide young entrepreneurs and understanding how to work with big companies. But also helps large companies to develop their own diversified supply chains. This program is the first step to making much-needed changes to improve diversity in supply chains. »

Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones MBE aka The Black Farmer overcame many obstacles to achieve his dream of owning a farm at the age of 40 and now wants young people from diverse backgrounds to consider farming as a career.

Sherry Vaswani, Group CEO, Xalient and finalist in three categories added: “MSDUK is doing a top-notch job of highlighting ethnic minority-led businesses that may have something unique to offer given their diversity. – innovation for example. Their work to help open doors for young entrepreneurs and guide them on how to succeed with big business is indispensable and brings a whole new approach to improving diversity in supply chains. »

Mayank Shah, Founder and CEO of Minority Supplier Development UK (MSDUK), reflects on MSDUK’s progress over the past 16 years and says:

“It’s great to see how far we’ve come and even more so to see how supplier diversity now takes center stage in corporate sourcing strategies. 2022 has seen over 100 global and UK companies join MSDUK and open business opportunities for ethnic minority businesses Supplier diversity programs help address economic inequality and encourage entrepreneurship in underrepresented communities.
The winner of each award category will be announced at the prestigious MSDUK Business Awards ceremony on day two of the MSDUK Conference, taking place in London on September 8, 2022. To purchase tickets uk/

James Lloyd, Chief Procurement Officer at CBRE and finalist in the Established Enterprise Supplier Diversity Program category, said, “At CBRE, we build and nurture strong and diverse supplier relationships for an equitable supply chain. and inclusive. These relationships are important to creating winning results for our customers, employees and shareholders. Additionally, engagement with diverse partners supports businesses in our community and strengthens our fair and inclusive supply chain. We are very proud to have been selected as finalists in the Established Enterprise Supplier Diversity category of the MSDUK Awards. This is wonderful recognition for our team and the partners we work with throughout the supply chain to achieve these results.

Meet the finalists
You can read more about the awards and MSDUK at

Entrepreneur of the year
The Black Farmer, Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones Xalient Holdings Ltd, Sherry Vaswani
ISA Support Services Ltd, Sunny Araf​​The Glass Company Ltd, Sanmukh Bawa

Businesswoman of the Year
Creative Nature, Julianne Ponan Xalient Holdings Ltd, Sherry Vaswani
Nistad Limited, Ada JabaruBrand ​Xposure UK Ltd T/A BX Merchandise, Sarah Sayed

High Growth Company of the Year
Xalient Holdings Ltd, Sherry Vaswani BAP Pharma Ltd, Daniel De Brett
ZR Consultants Ltd (ZRC), Zeshan Raja

Emerging Enterprise Supplier Diversity Excellence Program
Meta Platforms (formerly known as Facebook)​Unilever UK Ltd

Excellence in established corporate supplier diversity program
Accenture Cummins Ltd.

MSDUK is proud to champion the best of UK EMBs and work with progressive global companies who understand the value of supply chain inclusion and diversity.
The largest supplier diversity conference in the UK and Europe showcases the best of supplier diversity programs and ethnic minority businesses.

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