Updated: Oct 21, 2021 02:13 PM
Going places: Bermudian Carla Zuill is blazing a trail in the UK as a businesswoman and editor (Photograph supplied)
A Bermudian journalist who moved to the UK five years ago has been named one of the most inspirational Black business leaders in her new home town.
Carla Zuill was recognised by the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce as “an inspiration to the community” in the field of arts and culture, after setting up SheHUB.tv, a lifestyle website.
Marking Black History Month in the UK, the chamber said: “As of February 2021, there currently is no black chairperson in any of Britain’s top 100 companies.
“However there are black business leaders in Greater Manchester whose relentless efforts towards entrepreneurship are an inspiration to the community.
“Carla Zuill, from Stretford, Manchester, established SheHUB.tv in 2018, a lifestyle website dedicated to women of all ages from diverse backgrounds. Carla is also founder of the Women’s Empowerment Summit, which celebrated its fifth year when Covid hit in 2020.”
The statement also noted Ms Zuill’s involvement in FreelanceHER 100, a programme created to kick-start the entrepreneurial careers of more than 100 women across the UK’s north west working in digital, creative, media and technology.
Ms Zuill, a former Royal Gazette journalist who became Special Sections editor for the newspaper, moved to the UK in 2016.
She said she was “totally taken by surprise” by the recognition.
She said: “I couldn’t believe it, especially since I didn’t think that I was on anyone’s radar. I’ve always felt anonymous in this huge city. It is definitely an honour to be recognised.
“The FreelanceHER 100 programme, which comprised of 100 women freelancers in Manchester, has allowed me to meet women from various backgrounds, some who have become very good friends.
“I began the programme in February last year and published the first edition of SheHUB Magazine in March.
“FreelanceHER was very supportive in getting the word out about the magazine but the challenge remains of having it distributed in the UK. It is in two stores in Manchester now, two in Croydon, and I’m mailing them directly to subscribers in the UK and the US. The staff at my local post office know me very well!“
Ms Zuill, a graduate from the University of Georgia, and a mother of three said: “My goal is to have the magazine distributed throughout the UK and I’m working on having it distributed in the Caribbean as well.”
SheHUB Magazine is available digitally and can be purchased at magloft.com, the AppStore and GooglePlay. It is also available on newsstands at a number of retailers on the island.