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A not-for-profit social enterprise

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ABC is the first point of call for all Asian Businesses and others wanting to engage with them locally, nationally and internationally. We are the leading network across the North of England operating globally.



We help organisations become more inclusive helping them start, survive and thrive using the Yohlar Inclusive Innovation Framework.

Our Inclusion By Default Campaign aims to help make the North East the most inclusive region in the UK for others to learn from and follow.



We provide expert support and advice on developing your business to its full potential by offering a range of services – in PR and marketing, including website and advert design. Our online, print and on air platforms reach over 1 million unique individuals annually.



The ABC 2024 Awards & Dinner is taking place on the 17th October 2024. We are expecting this event to be the biggest, boldest and brightest celebration to date. We look forward to warmly welcoming all those lucky guests with tickets to celebrate #InclusionByDefault.


Make Your Nominations and Reserve your seats for our 2024 awards ceremony below!

2024 Annual Awards - 17th October 2024

View the Sponsor Pack

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To find out more about the 2024 Annual Awards please follow the links below. 


Vote now to support those you think deserve it, we would like to celebrate their accomplishments!

Tickets, Tables & Sponsors

Reserve a seat, book a VIP table, or become a sponsor at the most inclusive annual event in the North East.

2023 Winners

View our 2023 Annual ABC Awards Winners!

Demonstrate Your Commitment to
Inclusion, Diversity and Equality.

Our 2023 Sponsors

Yohlar Health Logo
Northumrbia University Logo
Iron City Motorcycles
Harley Davidson Logo
SME Centre of Excellence Logo
Saudi Business Links Logo
Teesside University Logo
Young Asian Voices Logo
Brewin Dolphin Logo
North East Local Enterprise Partnership Logo
Spice FM Logo
RTC North Logo
KIA Stockton Logo

Find out how to Proudly Partner our 2024 Awards & Dinner

View the Sponsor Pack

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Inclusion By Default

In January 2020 ABConnexions CIC - a not-for-profit social enterprise established in the North East to Connect, Support and Promote ethnic and wider communities - launched the Inclusion By Default campaign with the ambition of helping the North East become the most inclusive region in the UK by the end of 2025.

Since then we have developed and delivered a number of inclusion initiatives and projects, and more recently in partnership with Yohlar launched the Inclusive Innovation Framework (IIF) that moves past the standard tick box approach to inclusion. Providing an action-oriented, person-centred methodology that truly changes beliefs and behaviours.

16 Years' Achievements


Helped raise over £600,000 for charities


Engaged and supported over 100+ community groups


   Helped launch 1000+ new start-ups


Trained over 11,520 Individuals


Supported over 13,890 existing businesses


6,000+ jobs created by supported businesses



With enterprising women failing to be recognised and identified, this is leading to a lack of role models for the younger generation or those looking to start their careers.

The AWEsome Campaign provides a platform for Asian women to be recognised for their work and achievements, helping others to overcome common barriers.


  • Ensure your voice is heard – we lobby on your behalf around issues such as equality, diversity and inclusivity

  • Through your membership you have access to discounted services and products

  • Development of long-term business relationships

  • Create a strong, diverse North East business community

  • Support & develop your business

  • Access to global expansion trade missions

  • Access to help & support around BME recruitment & talent

  • Database of available executive / non-executive candidates


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  • LinkedIn Icon linked to our ABC LinkedIn account

Join our social media and get involved with our ever-expanding community.

We post advice, informative support, and frequent updates on upcoming events. Join below!

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Tune in on Spice FM at 10:00am every Friday to catch Ammar and Jalf discuss the hottest business topics and gain the business knowledge you didn't know you needed. Don't miss out!

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