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Levi Roots guest speaker at Pentecostal Credit Union event to encourage entrepreneurship

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19 Jan 18

On 30 January, Pentecostal Credit Union (PCU) will be hosting a special event with the aim of encouraging BME faith leaders to promote and encourage economic development and enterprise within African and Caribbean church congregations.   

Students attending PCU’s Business Development Course will make a pitch in front of four business owners.  Those who make successful pitches will be offered business mentorship and other types of investment for their fledgling enterprises.

Businessman Levi Roots won investment for his Jerk sauce business, Reggae Reggae Sauce, after appearing on BBC 2’s Dragon’s Den will be the special guest speaker at the event.  Bishop Wayne Malcolm, who has supported numerous business owners, will also be speaking.  Business woman Claudine Reid MBE is the host.

Shane Bowes, CEO of the PCU said: “The Pentecostal church is the most stable and prosperous institution within the black community and it contains some of the black community’s most ambitious and educated individuals.  In PCU’s travels around the church we have found that it also houses some of the black community’s most business-minded individuals.   We believe that the PCU has a key role to play in encouraging faith leaders to support and encourage business enterprise and this is the reason why we are hosting this pioneering event.”

The panel of business owners PCU students will pitch to are:

Antonio Burrell: who has her own line of beauty products.  Clients include Hollywood Star Thandie Newton

Michael Petrie – Founder of recruitment company Cloudstream Global

Reggie Cole  – Owner of Buy2Let Cars and Wheels4Sure

Pat Reid – Founder of social welfare business PJs Community Services

Shane commented: “It’s my hope that their involvement in this event will serve to inspire those present and raise awareness amongst church leaders of what can be achievable if they inspire their congregants to be entrepreneurial and establish their own businesses.”

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