A UK-based Zimbabwean accountant and businesswoman, Vimbai Goredema, is exhibiting her works at the UK Black Business show on October 7.
Goredema, who moved to the UK when she was 14, says the show provides a way for Africans to unite and achieve their goals despite “being secluded.”
Her accounting business is doing well after she chose to do it on her own. She opened up about the challenges of managing the company’s internal processes and the pressures of making money from the business.
“The UK Black Business show is basically an event for not only businesspeople but for Africans since we are excluded in different ventures.
“If you remember back in 2020, there was the formation of the Geoge Floyd Movement where a lot of black people came together, including the Africans and those from the Caribbean.
“We came together so that we can network and support each other.
“We realised that we cannot succeed if we don’t support each other as black people.
“It’s a big show and I will be exhibiting my business and giving a pitch as well. It’s about visibility in the UK, and supporting our own people,” said Goredema.
She believes she has the mentality to face any of the challenges which come the way of black Africans.
“It has not been an easy journey since we are a vulnerable group and if we do not support each other, we will not succeed as black people.
“When I was growing up, I was told that I can make it and I give credit to my father who encouraged me to overcome all my fears.
“As you know, accounting is a male-dominated field but I am not afraid. With the support of my husband, I am doing quite well.”
She added: “While you are your own boss, you need to pay people and make profit as a business owner. I have to make sure all internal processes are in order and the work is of good quality, which is not always easy.
“My advice to aspiring black businesspeople is not to be prisoners of fear. I was scared of leaving my job, but you just need to be bold and make a decision; you will make it.”
She has dreams of building a renowned accounting business in the UK and becoming a big employer.