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1st March 2021

New strategy for Inclusive business support

Sue Bedward, MBL Academy


As a black female-owned business, Sue Bedward, Founder and Director of MBL Academy understands some of the challenges highlighted in recent reports around the inequality within the business enterprise ecosystem for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Business owners. 


Find out what actions MBL Academy has taken to address inclusion for business support.


24 February 2021

SFEDI Graduate

Six Years On

Starts New Business

Sarah Ashford, Accredited Business Adviser

MBL Academy was excited to catch up with Sarah Ashford,  Sfedi Graduate six years after her accreditation to talk about her new company Blue Garnet offering Business  Support on R&D Tax credit in the West Midlands.

Watch Sarah's interview below


20 February 2021

1st Cohort

Black Pounds Project

C J Webley, Project Founder

MBL Academy has partnered with the Black Pounds Project to launch its new mentoring program supporting black business owners in start-up and growth for their businesses.


We welcomed and celebrated the first Cohort of businesses for 2021 to their Induction event on 18th February and we look forward to supporting them on their business development journey.

C J Webley - Black Pounds Project

15 October 2020

Black Pounds Project

C J Webley, Project Founder

We are excited to support the Black Pounds Project with Project Founder, CJ Webley and Project Manager, Jen Griffiths.


This work will highlight the importance of supporting black businesses and help to develop a support network for black business owners to not just 'Survive' but to 'Thrive' through the current economic challenges.

APPG BAME Business Report

6 October 2020

BAME Business Support

Federation of Small Business (FSB)

Following on from our August newsletter and the Unlocking Opportunity report on the BAME business support, MBL Academy are delighted to have contributed to the All Party Parliamentary Group, report on ‘The BAME Business Owners COVID-19 Response: Voices from the Grass Roots. 

Find out more and read the report.

MBL Academy Graduate - Phil Saunders

30 August 2020

New SFEDI Graduate

Sue Bedward, MBL Academy

We are delighted to announce our newest SFEDI accredited Business Adviser ,Phil Saunders, Birmingham IP Centre at the Birmingham Library.

We look forward to supporting Phil on his development journey in our continuing work with the Birmingham Library BIPC in the future. 

Unlocking Opportunity - Federation of Small Business (FSB)

24 August 2020

Unlocking Opportunity

Sue Bedward, MBL Academy

Unlocking Opportunity was published by the FSB last month to highlight the important economic contribution made by BAME business led owners to the UK.

As a black owned business we are actively working towards ensuring that inclusively is integrated into business support. Find out more and download the full report.

MBL Academy - Peer to Peer Business Mentoring

18 August 2020

Peer to Peer Mentoring

Sue Bedward, MBL Academy

MBL Academy was delighted to be invited to present a case study of the benefits of Peer to Peer Mentoring for a webinar hosted by SFEDI Awards on 18th August. 

Find out how we addressed some of the key issues raised through our training and mentoring development process.

MBL Academy - Online SFEDI Courses

16 June 2020

SFEDI Courses now available online

A new way forward

Technology has played a key part in coping through this lockdown period to stay in touch with friends, loved ones, and business associates. 


MBL Academy has embraced online technology during this period, and we are  excited to announce the launch of our new SFEDI Online Courses, which we will be promoting with a 10% discount throughout the months of June and July 2020.

Rebecca Parker - MBL SFEDI Graduate

1 June 2020

Congratulations to our new SFEDI Graduate

Rebecca Parker, Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce 

Meet Rebecca Parker our latest SFEDI Graduate. 


Becky graduated just before lockdown and unfortunately her certificate got stuck in the lockdown post!  We were delighted when we were able to get Becky’s certificate to her, and here she shares a bit about her role at Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce.

MBL Academy

16 February 2020

Leading with Insight, 

Inclusion & Integrity 

Dr Neslyn Watson-Druée CBE FCGI FRCN 

One leader who stands out for me is my mentor, and friend, Dr Neslyn Watson-Druee who has been teaching leadership for 30 years and is a valued advocate of MBL Academy. 


Neslyn has given us a very generous insight into the secrets of great leadership, a gift that we are delighted to share with our subscribers leading up to the WEF Leadership Conference being held in Birmingham this summer ... stay tuned! 

MBL Academy

4 February 2020

Chamber Networking

with a Twist

Sue Bedward, MBL Academy

I met some fantastic business owners recently who have been making great progress despite all the uncertainty, and who are now, like me, reaching out to see how we can build even stronger foundations for the future - together.

Find out how the Cannock Chamber of Commerce organise their get togethers, and let's work with them to join the dots.

MBL Academy - Goal Setting - 2020

1 January 2020

Goal Setting

for the New Decade

Sue Bedward, MBL Academy

As we enter this new decade some of us will be thinking about new goals for the future, but how do you keep going with your goals when ‘life is happening”?   


I have set out 5 steps to keep you inspired and motivated  when dealing with potential roadblocks that might derail you from successfully achieving your set goals.  

MBL Academy - SFEDI IOEE Awards - House

3 October 2019

MBL Academy at the House of Lords

IOEE SFEDI Celebrating Enterprise Awards

An amazing day for Sue Bedward and Jenny Bedward at the House of Lords in London to celebrate the prestigious IOEE SFEDI Celebrating Enterprise Awards coinciding with MBL Academy's 4th year anniversary.


MBL Academy - 550th Birth Anniversary of

1 October 2019

Commemorating West Midlands 550

Punjab 2000

Our founder, Sue Bedward, has been identified as an inclusive leader in the West Midlands, and invited to be featured in Guru Nanak Ji’s 550th Gurpurab celebrations on 12 November 2019.



Celebrating Enterprise Awards 2019 - IOE

20 September 2019

Celebrating Enterprise Awards


We are delighted to be invited to attend this magnificent British landmark event at the House of Lords.


Celebrating everything that is great about Enterprise and Enterprising Skills including the IOEE Lifetime Achievement Awards.


MBL Academy - Sue and Jenny Bedward

10 September 2019

A new website for

MBL Academy

Press Release

We want our website visitors to have access to training information at their fingertips so that they can make an informed choice about the course and level of support they require before speaking to us directly.

MBL Academy - WEF - Women Economic Forum

10 July 2019

Transformative Power

of Love and Kindness

Dr. Neslyn Watson Druée

A one day conference committed to empowering women In the West Midlands. 


Woman in Excellence Award 2019 presented to Sue Bedward, 

MBL Academy Founder 

MBL Academy - IOEE Best Practice Report

31 January 2019

Best Practice Report

Induction is the Key - MBL Academy

The first IOEE Best Practice Report    sharing excellent performance and achievements across the UK in the delivery of IOEE and SFEDI Award qualifications over the previous 6 months.

MBL Academy - SFEDI Graduates 2018 - Birmingham Chamber of Commerce

1 January 2019

SFEDI Award Graduates

MBL Academy celebrates the graduation of inspirational Business and Enterprise Support advisers, Anjum Khan, Christine Hancock, and Jennifer Campbell at the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce.

MBL Academy - WEF - Women Economic Forum

20 June 2018

WEF Inaugrual Conference

The first conference for the Birmingham and West Midlands Women Economic Forum established in June 2017 enabling and empowering women to accomplish their unfulfilled dreams, and

sponsored by MBL Academy.

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MBL Academy Launch - 19 April 2016

19 April 2016


The Midlands Business Leadership Academy (MBL Academy) achieves IOEE status providing SFEDI Awards regulated and accredited training programmes and qualifications for business advisers and entrepreneurs.

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