Delivering a levelled up north

Join Black United Representation Network

To challenge and tackle persistent racial inequalities in Greater Manchester which negatively impact people of African Descent to bring about systemic change.

Why We Exist

Greater Manchester has an acute shortage of people of African descent in senior leadership positions that can influence policy and decision-making. The decades long lack of strong and co-ordinated Black leadership has resulted in growing racial inequalities. 

BURN was created to fill this gap.

Don’t Settle For Less

Our Vision

To make Greater Manchester one of the best places in the world for people of African descent to grow up, get on and grow old.

The Mission

To achieve parity and equality of opportunity for Black residents covering health, business, education, employment and skills training, to build back better in the post-COVID world and achieve our vision for Greater Manchester.


How ?

1. Grow the pipeline of board-ready Black leaders in senior decision-making positions in ALL public bodies in Greater Manchester through the Senior Leaders Board Apprentice programme.

2. Help Black-owned VCSEs and businesses recover from the impact of COVID-19 through winning public sector contracts and facilitating supply chain inclusion as part of the Government’s new Social Value Commissioning. Sign up to our Restore Strengthen and Scale Up programme here.

3. Facilitate intra-Commonwealth trade and act as a gateway for SMEs wishing to do business in Africa and the Caribbean through leveraging the African Diaspora to secure trade and investment opportunities.

Underpinning these activities is the drive to maximise profit to re-invest into the community and the ability to measure, calculate and report the return on investment from the BURN network. BURN has the potential to scale and grow rapidly within this current climate, and change the narrative.

Black Business Leader


Membership is open to anyone who shares our commitment to make racial inequalities history.  We’re building a coalition of progressive allies who will act as a united cohesive force to deliver a levelled-up North through delivering intentional, co-created and impactful solutions. Individual, business or corporate and patron memberships are available.




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The Northern Powerhouse African Trade Show


March 25th 2021

Building closer trade, business and cultural links between the continent of Africa and Northern Powerhouse businesses in the UK.

In Partnership with the UK’s Department of International Trade.

Priority Sectors

Matching African development needs with UK products and services.

Africa Markets Research

Our Doing Business in Africa guide broken down by individual countries.

Summit Details

For business to business UK SME’s looking to boost growth through winning new business in African markets.

Founding Members

The Social Word
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Sharon Amesu
Solidarity in Tech

The future belongs to those who prepare for it today.

Malcolm X