About BURN

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To make the North of England the best place in the UK for black people to work, for black-owned businesses to thrive, and for enterprise, charities and the public sector to drive meaningful change on race. 


To harness the power of business to generate wealth, and change the black narrative across the North of England – now and forever. 


  • Ambition (for an equal world) 
  • Challenge (especially challenging the ways in which systemic racism manifests – and bringing positive and real solutions) 
  • Collaboration (across sectors, across the North, across intersectionalities – if you want to help end systemic disadvantage for black people, we want to work with you) 
  • Community (everyone has a role in driving the change we want to see)  
  • Wealth Generation (focusing on driving a real meaningful change in black outcomes, and celebrating black success).  


  • We are bringing together black business owners, black professionals and progressive corporate allies who want to take action. We all know the stats, and will change them by: 
  • Making procurement contracts and tenders open to black-owned businesses, which are ready and able to deliver. This includes public sector contracts, as part of the government’s social value commissioning, and private sector contracts and collaborations. 
  • Growing the pipeline of board-ready black leaders in senior decision-making positions. 
  • Enabling and empowering corporates to drive the societal change that they want to see, as part of their ambitions on diversity, inclusion and social responsibility.