"I was lucky enough to meet Joel back in 2009 as part of a research project for the ESRC I was engaged in. Prior to meeting for the first time, I had heard of his nomination for a Young Entrepreneur of the Year award. On meeting Joel I was struck immediately as to why he was highly respected and had received such a nomination.
His drive, his ambition, his enthusiasm, his knowledge and understanding were evident. But more importantly his ability to listen, to learn and drive change, no matter the hurdles faced, made him stand out. A true entrepreneur."
Senior Lecturer in Strategic Management, De Montfort University
"Joel is forward-thinking, a great listener, and someone who I feel can trust in business. I'm looking forward to seeing some of the ideas we've developing on paper together come to fruition real soon."
TV & Radio Presenter/Conference & Awards Ceremony Host
"In my dealings with Joel I have found him to be someone with genuine committment to the cause. And to be someone who has integrity and warmth."
"Joel has a real commitment to getting the best out of people, whether working professionally or as a volunteer. I have watched him enthuse a room full of surly teenagers, transforming them into the highly aspirational and excited young adults they deserve to be. I have no hesitation in recommending him."
CEO Young Enterprise UK
"Joel is a hardworking and tenacious individual. He has worked tirelessly within the local community at grassroots and also a strategic level. With an excellent knowledge base for diversity and employment matters, Joel has provided quality services for many beneficiaries within the Birmingham area. Having worked with Joel in various capacities, I would be more than privileged to work with him again."
Justice Williams MBE FRSA
Founder / Editor in Chief at Tru Life Magazine
"Thank you for leading on our Sources of Power session. The feedback we received was excellent! The participants appreciated not only your insights and honesty but the way you asked questions, made sure everyone was involved and made them think.
I look forward to working with you again in the future!"
Regional Director West Midlands, Common Purpose.
"We asked Joel to design and deliver an interactive workshop to motivate and inspire our business students as they endeavoured to secure professional work placements and felt that Joel’s personal experiences in life, coupled with his background in working with businesses and young people were inspirational.
The session Joel designed was both hard work and fun! That is an excellent combination and we were thrilled that Joel achieved that. The feedback from students showed us that the brief had been well met, and that the highly interactive workshop had achieved what we had hoped it would - students felt energised, with many keen to embark on their placement searches. Many thanks to Joel - we look forward to future collaborations!"
Chartered MCIPD, MBA
Placement Manager, Aston Business School
"Joel has helped us to reenergise our commitment to achieving equality
across all areas of the club. He is an energetic individual and a very effective
catalyst if you want your organisation to take the correct approach towards equality,
diversity and community cohesion.
I can testify not only to his ability around the subject, but also the quality of his approach in supporting the club with our effort towards achieving the Racial Equality Standard administered by Kick it Out."
Operations Project Manager
Aston Villa Football Club
"Joel, thank you very much for what I felt was a highly inspiring senior management training session. The message of Equality and Diversity was delivered well; I was very impressed with the response from our senior management team to your exercises."
Chief Executive Officer
Aston Villa Football Club
"I wish to express my considerable thanks to you acting as Life Coach to our young people. The fact that so many of them were able to carry out challenging roles in the Ballet production is a considerable testimony to your support."
Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council (Ballet Hoo - Channel 4)
"I have personally known Joel Graham-Blake for the last couple of years and found him to be trust worthy, reliable, and proactive. I am impressed with his humble character, obvious integrity and having used his services in the past, find him to be professional, timely and delivering above every expectations."
I am delighted to have the opportunity to speak at the event organised by Cultiv8, a business owned by a Birmingham Young Professional of the Year Finalist. We wish Joel and his team every success as they take their offering to the professional services market.
Chief Executive - Birmingham Forward
A professional service that provides unique support for individuals who are often under represented in particular fields of employment.
Leaps & Bounds Co-ordinator
Inspiring, empowering and genuinely cares about people
Ruth Badger Consultancy