The Centre for African Entrepreneurship is a South-Wales based organisation that aims to inspire, support and promote African entrepreneurship.
The Centre for African Entrepreneurship is the only Centre of its kind in the UK that has developed solutions to help and support African entrepreneurs wishing to set up and grow their businesses.
The CAE is the only organisation specialising in African Entrepreneurship and uses evidence-based research to meet the needs of African entrepreneurs. We understand the needs of the African Community and the barriers it is facing in trying to secure employment in the UK, and we also understand the obstacles this community is facing when trying to become entrepreneur.
Our main objectives are:
- To raise awareness in the African Community of the opportunities presented by Entrepreneurship
- To encourage African migrants to consider starting their own businesses
- To guide and inspire the African community how to succeed through enterprise.
Why We Exist
Ethnic minority businesses are estimated to contribute £25-£32 billion to the UK economy per year. However, ethnic minorities are seen to be under-represented as entrepreneurs, and to have lower levels of business performance.
Potential business barriers include actual or perceived discrimination, the quantity and quality of businesses, market failure in business support and the uniqueness of BAME enterprises.
Policy in this area remains underdeveloped and problematic. The Centre for African Entrepreneurship is making efforts towards boosting this sector in order to make positive changes.
Why we exist
African-Caribbeans’s lack of enterprise is linked to a “lack of culture” (Ward, 987; 99 ; Reeves and Ward, 984), and according to Rex ( 982), a tragic history of slavery has robbed this people of their proper self-identity and left a negative legacy in the form of weak kinship networks, poor self- esteem, negative expectations and a culture of under-achievement.
To become small business owners is not evident to the same degree across all ethnic minority groups. In sharp contrast to the prominence of Asian groups in self-employment, African- Caribbeans exhibit signicantly below average self-employment rates (Ethnic Minorities In Business, Ram & Jones, 2008).
They do not appear to be equal participants in the ‘enterprise culture’. Many of the explanations accounting for this under-representation appear to make reference to the apparent lack of cultural resources that are so evident in other ethnic minority groups: the different value base of the African-Caribbean family unit, which apparently does not pre-dispose them to running a family business (Reeves and Ward, 984); the legacy of slavery, which had a deleterious effect on African-Caribbean culture (Rex, 982) and the absence of extended family and community networks (Blaschke et al., 990).
The Centre for African Entrepreneurship provides ‘cultural’ resources and the opportunity structure that facilitate access to business opportunities for African Entrepreneurs.
Research at The Centre for African Entrepreneurship
The main objective of the CAE's research is to provide British Africans Entrepreneurs, managers, corporate partners and service-users with the means to manage more effectively and contribute actively and fully to the growth of their current and future enterprises.
Our research develops stronger understanding of how African entrepreneurs can better create new value for business and society. We ensure that our research is evidence-based, useful, and impactful for business leaders and policy makers.
The research outputs of the CAE includes leading-edge management tools and techniques, case studies illustrating best practice, as well as a wide range of research papers, publications and reports.
This is the trading arm for CAE. It is a creative, cultural and community enterprise located in the heart of Swansea city centre.
The cafe gives emphasis on African culture and creates a unique place where the local community can socialise in a comfortable, relaxing and inclusive environment while enjoying the best African food in Wales.
We offer work opportunities, both paid and as volunteering, as part of the Time to Work project. Service users can gain professional skills through this work experience in catering, hospitality and event planning.
The local community is benefiting from this, especially disadvantaged members of society, as they get to connect with the wider public.