Celebrating founders of black-owned businesses, RUN GALA is a networking ball by My Runway
Group, an award-winning youth empowerment organisation with a focus on emerging creatives and
black businesses.

This year’s gala will be held at the prestigious London Coliseum, St Martin’s Ln WC2N 4ES on Sunday,
31st from 5pm to coincide with the end of Black History Month. RUN GALA will bring together over 300
black professionals, business owners and allies with the aim of providing a platform for new
relationships to be forged in line with the theme:

“Building A Black Economic Renaissance with Today’s Leaders!”

Supported by global cosmetic brand MAC and the English National Opera, RUN GALA is marked to be
an event not to be missed on the Black History Month calendar. With fashion and creativity high on the
agenda, there will be opportunity to discover a collection of outstanding black owned business stalls
including the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry. In addition, an art exhibition inspired by the
African Gentleman curated by DAPAAH Gallery and a rich blend of entertainment from Jazz Club and
Benson Wilson, described by Jim Pritchard as “one of the voices of the decade” with his dark-toned
immensely powerful baritone.

MP for Brent Central, Dawn Butler will be one of this year’s keynote speakers whilst London based
multidisciplinary artists of British-Nigerian heritage Yinka Ilori MBE will receive the honorary Man of
The Year!

My Runway Group is on a mission to shape the next generation of black professionals and business
owners with projects deeply rooted in the stand against inequality. They are fuelled by the goal to
provide emerging black talent a runway to build successful careers despite the challenges that exist.

During the launch of their concept store on Carnaby Street attended by the Mayor of London, Sadiq
Khan, My Runway Group Founder and creator Kojo Marfo says: “It’s tough for young entrepreneurs to
have a presence in any high street store. It’s twice as hard when you’re black. Therefore, practical
solutions are needed to give equal access and opportunities for young black entrepreneurs from
under-represented backgrounds”.

Kojo Marfo insists: ‘This is more than a ‘fancy ball’, it is a conscious collective effort to provide access
and connect our community with those who can help make a change.’.

Tickets for this year’s RUN GALA can be purchased from here.

For further details follow @myrunwaygroup and visit

To buy from black owned businesses visit #BlackInCarnaby

For more information about RUN GALA contact Summer Benjamin-Maclean at My Runway Group