External Affairs Assistant
4th December 2020
Taking part in #BlackPoundDay is a simple way to protest anti-Blackness in the UK, and lend your support to the Black community. The Black Pound Day website “encourages everyone to replace their usual purchases with products from Black-owned businesses” on the first Saturday of every month. In this blog you’ll find a list of Black-owned social enterprises that you could buy from next Black Pound Day – some of which are led by social entrepreneurs whom we have had the privilege of working with.
Like the USA, the UK has been complicit in centuries of systematic racism. Protests following the murder of George Floyd earlier this year resulted in a heightened awareness of the racial injustice that is embedded in our society.
The Black Pound Day movement, which started in June, is a way of sustaining this awareness and translating it into direct action. So Solid Crew’s DJ Swiss came up with the idea as a “a solution-based approach to support the growth of the UK Black economy”, says the Black Pound Day website.
Using the 2011 census, The Centre for Research in Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurship at Aston Business School reported that Black people run only 0.67% of UK businesses despite making up 3.3% of the population. The under-representation of Black leaders in business is a result of institutionalised racism.
The Department for Communities and Local Government reports that ethnic minority business owners are more likely to have their loan applications rejected than white applicants. Evidence also shows that less than 1% of venture capital funding goes to Black founders. (Black Pound Day 2020)
Though there is plenty of work to be done from a funding and investment perspective, consumers also have a say in the matter.
To help you get started, we’ve put together a list of Black-owned social enterprises that you could shop from every Black Pound Day. From handmade jewellery to freshly ground coffee, there is sure to be a venture that catches your eye.
Have a browse, and don’t forget to share any new-found purchases/businesses on your social media with the hashtag #BlackPoundDay to show your support for the movement.
To find out about the inspiring work of more Black social entrepreneurs, read our Black History Month blog, which also includes resources for learning about the Black experience, as well as how to be actively anti-racist.
We know there are many Black-owned social enterprises in the UK who we haven't included, and will be happy to update this post with further suggestions. Please share your facourite social impact driven Black-owned ventures with us – we look forward to seeing your recommendations.
Food & Drink
Clothing & accessories
Health and fitness
Broutal Impact - Broutal Impact was founded by UnLtd Award Winner Shabana Brou.
Impact4Life Wellbeing - UnLtd Award Winner Shamala Antonio is the Managing Director of Impact4Life Wellbeing.
Products for children with additional needs
Lapapo - Lalapo’s Founder and CEO Anike Mlemchukwu is an UnLtd Award Winner.
Products for those in later life
MiiCare - UnLtd Award Winner Kelvin Summogum is Founder and CEO of MiiCare.