The AFFORD Business Club (ABC)

Welcome to The AFFORD Business Club (ABC), your African focused business community in the UK. It is a space to connect with entrepreneurs in the UK and on the continent with shared focuses, value-systems, ambitions and experiences as yourself.

The ABC sits within one of the most innovative diaspora social enterprises in Europe, the African Foundation for Development (AFFORD). AFFORD has been working with African diaspora communities, global governments and institutions and the private sector for over 20 years. The ABC is the pathway for African diaspora entrepreneurs to tap into and benefit from AFFORD’s links, knowledge, programmes and networks.

What is the ABC?

The ABC offers a number of benefits and services for our members to assist in making doing business easier and more effective. We have business advisors available to provide advice and information through training’s, workshops, webinars and other resources. 

For the more practical side of running your business, members benefit from free legal consultations with excellent city law firm Morrison and Foerster, which can happen in person or remotely. When you are a member of the Club you are now connected to other entrepreneurs who are on the same journey as yourself and can benefit from you and you from them – come to ABC Connect our monthly networking event to find out more!

Who are we connected with?

The ABC’s focus is African diaspora entrepreneurs who want to benefit from the experience, skills and knowledge held by our experts who know, love, breathe and work with and in Africa. As well as having business assistance in the UK we also have links with business development support agencies in Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Rwanda and Zimbabwe with our networks continuously expanding. This means our members get on the ground relevant information that helps factor in challenges and opportunities that may not have been considered.

Benefits of being an ABC Member

As a member of the ABC, you will receive:

  • 20% discount on ABC workshops, masterclasses and trainings.
  • 20% discount on room hire with free Wi-Fi access & two workstations.
  • Advertise your events for free in the ABC monthly newsletter.
  • Direct business advice and mentoring from AFFORD’s team of experienced Business Advisors, including 1 free session.
  • Discounted memberships to other business support services & agencies.
  • Free Legal consultations with lawyers from our partner law firm.
  • Free tickets to our monthly ABC Connect networking and roundtable events.

Hire our city meeting space!

Situated in the heart of Shoreditch, the ABC Resource Centre is a fully-equipped, versatile space for all of your event needs. Whether it’s a business meeting, a professional seminar or a casual networking evening- our space can suit all of your requirements and provide an excellent overall experience at a competitive price. The Centre seats 25 people comfortably theatre-style, 12 boardroom-style and 16 classroom-style. We also have hot-desking facilities available. 
The ABC Resource Centre is located within The Rich Mix Building which is 3 minutes from Shoreditch High Street Station and 8 minutes from Liverpool Street Station. Get in touch with Katharine at to arrange a visit and see if this is your next workshop venue! m 

Join the ABC Facebook Group

The ABC now has a private Facebook group just for our members where we will share useful information, events, offers and so much more. If you haven’t already please join our Facebook page by clicking here. We also have a LinkedIn group which is open to all including non-members to help our members reach more like-minded people. Get involved and join the community!

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