Winner of 16 business and community awards, featured in 200+ media titles, named as one of the most influential people in PR 2009-2015

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About Me | Who is Mavis Amankwah?

“One of the most influential people in PR” – PR Power Book 2009-2015

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Mavis Amankwah is an award-winning entrepreneur; specialising in marketing, PR, diversity communications and business sustainability.

About Mavis | Career

Mavis Amankwah is a multi-award-winning entrepreneur, Public Speaker and Business Coach with over 20 years in the Communications and professional  services industry.  As one of the UK’s foremost Diversity Ambassadors, Mavis has dedicated her career to making a positive impact in the diversity and business world by bridging the gap between communities, whilst, conversely,  transforming social disparities into profitable and sustainable business models.

A highly acclaimed business guru, Mavis’ has survived two recessions and  against all odds has sustained  and successfully executed campaigns across a plethora of industries and sectors including the business and financial sector (she has worked with Lloyds and NatWest Bank to name a few).

Her vision began in 2002 when she noticed that there was a major gap in the market where corporate and commercial organisations needed to tap into diverse and hard-to-reach audiences but had challenges engaging with them. She gave up her career as a qualified IT consultant to pursue a career in business.

Rich Visions Diversity Communications

Rich Visions Diversity Communications was set up to help government and large corporate’s reach,engage and sustain relationships  with those classed as hard-to-reach (Women, Disabled, LGBT & Ethnic Communities) to bridge the communication gap via CSR campaigns, marketing & PR.  Having successfully steered the company to become one of the leading diversity communications agencies targeting niche audiences now in its 18th year with Mavis at the helm the company  has created campaigns with over 60 established commercial and corporate organisations including; ASDA, Comic Relief, HMRC, Metropolitan Police, Home Office HSBC and MoneyGram. In 2011 Rich Visions Diversity Communications won the £1m contract to deliver a communications campaign aimed at ethnic audiences for the Digital TV switchover.

Rich Visions Small Business

In 2009 Mavis launched another arm of the agency; Rich Visions Small Business (RVSB), it was set up to help small businesses and entrepreneurs access business support and solutions under one roof ranging from business start up advice, to accessing finance, and implementing the right marketing strategies. To date the company has successfully helped over 715 enterprises increase sales, marketing and revenue growth via business support, social media and PR as well helped small businesses secure around £7m in low-interest loans in the last 5 years.

Mavis Amankwah Business Academy

In 2019 Mavis set up a business academy to help aspiring entrepreneurs and business owners start and sustain their enterprises. The academy runs a series of business workshops, online courses and produces a range of products including business templates and tool-kits to help businesses grow!

BE Mogul Awards & Women Like Me Business Club

Mavis now has several brands, she is the founder of the  BE Mogul Awards and Women Like Me Business Club. Additionally, Mavis has an excellent team which she manages from her offices in Canary Wharf & Stratford.

Diversity & Business Facilitator

Moreover, following Rich Visions Small Business (RVSB)’s launch, Mavis runs various business workshops in marketing, PR, business development for SMEs, entrepreneurs and sole traders and also runs Equality and Diversity workshops for large co-operations and local government.

Business Coach & Mentor

Mavis is a business mentor and strategist with a passion for helping businesses to grow. To date she continues to coach thousands of business owners. Mavis has a strong knowledge and background of setting up self-employment and limited companies along with the legal structures of starting and growing a business. Similarly, her key strengths as a business adviser include diversity communications, entrepreneurship, marketing and PR.

Public Speaker

Mavis is also a public & motivational speaker (and author) who  continues to inspire audiences throughout the UK and internationally (she has spoken in South Africa, Germany, Holland and more recently in Tunisia) sharing stages with the likes of Richard Branson, Kanya King MBE, Dianne Abbott and Levi Roots, relaying powerful stories of triumph from humble beginnings, personal and business losses during the recession, to how she has been able to maintain multiple sustainable businesses with her team.Altogether, her content is always direct, tangible and delivered in an informative way.

Radio Presenter

Mavis also runs a weekly radio show called Business Matters on ABN radio, that covers an array of business topics and interviews various business owners on air giving listeners business information, advice and guidance.

Media Features

Mavis has been awarded with 16 business and community awards and has  been featured in over 300 media titles including the Guardian, Boots Magazine,The Telegraph and Forbes Magazine as well as  named as one of the most influential people in PR in PR Week’s most influential people in PR (2009-2015), it’s fair to say that Mavis has somewhat obliterated her teachers’ limited expectations of her being someone who ‘would not amount to much’.

Awards & Accolades

  • ‘Innovation Award’ in 2007 GAB Awards – Media category
  • Black Business Awards – Innovation category
  • ‘Outstanding Achievement in Business’ – Women In Enterprise award
  • ‘Outstanding Career Achievement ’ – Powersis Award
  • Women4Africa Awards in 2012 – ‘Business Woman of the Year’
  • Women4Africa Awards in 2012 – ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’
  • Winner of the Junior Chamber of Commerce ‘Outstanding Young Persons of The World’ 2013
  • Finalist of the Great British Entrepreneur Award 2013
  • African Business Excellence Award 2014
  • Ebony Business Recognition (EBR) Awards 2014 – Finalist ‘Women’s Business Coach of the Year’ and ‘Motivational & Inspirational Business Women of the Year’
  • Winner of the 2015 ‘Speaker of the Year’ iWOP
  • Winner of 2015 100 Outstanding Africans Making a Difference
  • Finalist ‘Entrepreneur Of The Year’ National Diversity Award 2015
  • Winner of 2015 ‘Inspirational Award’ Back2Black Award
  • Finalist for Business Person Of The Year Newham Chamber of Commerce 2016
  • Lifetime Achievement Awards 2018 received from Lift Effects Organisation
  • Finalist ‘Entrepreneurial Spirit’ Variety Catherine Award 2018
  • Honourary Entrepreneur year of the year award received from Enterprise Minds Awards 2017 and 2018
  • Honourary Business Leader Award received from African Diaspora awards in association with Brand South Africa 2019

In essence, Mavis’ specialist skills have enabled her to direct, manage and drive successful projects and campaigns in any sized organisations across a number of industry sectors.

Mother & Friend

Mavis has two young adult children aged 18 and 24, is a wife and attributes her success to the support of her lovely family and close friends whom have supported her in the pursuit of running her businesses.

10 Year Mission

Not one to slow down, Mavis’ next 10 year-plan involves developing thousands more high growth entrepreneurs through her online academy, setting up an Angel investment organisation & business hub,  not forgetting her final quest to become the first Black female Dragon’ in the BBC’s Dragon’s Den.

Get In Touch

If you are looking for a business coach, diversity coach, motivational speaker or just need business advice contact Mavis on 02036330513 or email mavis@mavisamankwah.com

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