Established Business of the Year
Nominees in this Category
This award is for a business that has been operating for more than 5 years that has had a good presence in the community and is well respected.
Rite Fade Barbers
Established in 2000, Rite Fade is one of Bradford’s most established and respected Black businesses. Brian Morris, Founder turned what was a hobby in Jamaica, into a successful business in Bradford. Rite Fade was the first full service Black Barber shop in Bradford and Brian has used his skills as a Barber to not only look after the hair of Black men, women and children, he has also developed a multi-cultural customer base and has training in European and Asian hair styling too.
He has lectured on hair at Thomas Danby College and takes his craft very seriously. His shop is professional yet relaxed, with lots of interaction between customers, creating the perfect environment that keeps customers happy.
He is so well trusted as an expert groomer, that he has been responsible for looking after the hair of children over the years who have now grown up to become adults. Brian has a special relationship with his customers and clients, many of whom return again and again. He maintains good relationships with past employees who have gone on to open their own Barber shops and prefers to work in a collaborative and helpful way.
Brian has a special resilience and discipline that has led to the success of his business. Aware of the stigma attached to Black people of not being business minded, he has been determined to show that with hard work, you can succeed. Rite Fade has become a cornerstone in the community and Brian is a role model and a very good representative of Bradford’s Black business talent.
He is a strong minded person who is not distracted easily and has stayed focused on his goals. He believes in sharing and has shared his skills to help other Barbers establish their own business.
Managing to survive the pandemic and the temporary closure of his business, Brian continues to deliver the best in men’s hair styling to the residents of Bradford.
Ashbrow Garage (Mr Flowers)
Lindel (Johnny) Flowers was born in the district of Galloway in the parish of Westmoorland, Jamaica. He came to England in 1961 and settled in Huddersfield, with his wife Alda, working as a quality motor mechanic for several years at Huddersfield Transport. His voluntary work has had a major influence on the lives of communities in Huddersfield and beyond. In the late 1960’s Johnny helped establish the Caribbean Association and raised much needed funds to provide financial and emotional support for children who were not easily accepted by their communities or understood by their teachers.
In the late 1970’s Johnny aided the purchase of the Play Bus for the National Children’s Centre which travelled throughout Huddersfield operating as a play facility for disadvantaged young people, a safe venue and vital educational initiative. Johnny established Ashbrow Garage, one of the first Black Businesses in Huddersfield, in 1976. Over 45 years he recruited and trained hundreds in the community, including apprenticeships and placement opportunities to young people (NEET), a substantial contribution to the local economy. To this day, Johnny is the proud Managing Director of Ashbrow Garage with one employee remaining with him approaching 40 years.
As a black governor Johnny was one of a few from BAME heritage in the 1970’s, providing aspirational capital. The schools benefited from Johnny’s knowledge of real-world business and contacts, and consequently he was asked to govern four institutions, sometimes simultaneously. His incredible 30-year service was recognised with the Fartown High School Long Service Award 2010. Johnny’s ability and willingness to serve the community has undoubtedly encouraged integration between cultures. He is a founding member of the Jamaica National Council and co-founded the “Huddersfield Carnival” in the early 1980’s, an annual celebration which continues to date. As leader of the Jamaica Independence JIF50 celebrations, over £45k was contributed to the local economy with events including a live broadcast of the 2012 Olympics 100m final to over 5,000 people.
Johnny has been involved in countless organisations such as Kirklees Police Liaison Committee, which monitors the relationships between the police and the community, and Oasis Care who help to provide social, health and mental welfare support to senior citizens. Johnny’s voluntary contribution has longevity and is intergenerational. He continuously serves his community; using his business expertise, network and funds to support multiple initiatives. Johnny’s legacy is incomparable.
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