Black Business Month

Black Business Month is celebrated in August — it’s a time to acknowledge and appreciate black-owned businesses across the nation and all that they represent in the country’s continual striving for diversity and equality. Denise Moore, CEO of the Black Business Alliance in Peoria, Illinois, has this to say about the importance of Black Business month: “Black Business Month is exciting because it gives us an opportunity to focus on a community that is far too often underrepresented when it comes to access to capital and opportunities to build wealth.”

Black-owned small businesses promoting change in the UK

From health and homeware to social media and sustainability, these exciting and innovative black-owned businesses are disrupting sectors across the country and beyond. We’ll be examining what it means to be a black entrepreneur in the UK specifically. What are some of the celebrations to know about? And conversely, what are some of the challenges facing black-owned businesses, and what are some potential solutions? We’ll showcase some of the most exciting, innovative small businesses that are leading the way in promoting change in their sectors.

67 Black-Owned UK Businesses To Buy From 

"How do I help?" — it’s a question that circulated widely on social media last year. And, in 2021, it's still a welcome one. Last summer, as people in the U.S. protested the death of George Floyd and police brutality, there were calls to find ways to support Black lives in the UK too. Alongside protesting, many discovered that this also included actions like reading up about racial injustice, donating to anti-racism organisations, and creating and signing petitions to effect change in Parliament.

101 Black-Owned, U.K.-Based Businesses to Support

There are lots of ways to support the struggle against police brutality. You can donate money to a local grassroots organisation or email your MP, asking them to lobby the government. You can join a protest, if you feel you can do so safely. You can educate yourself and talk about racial injustice with those who are less likely to be on the receiving end of it. But one of the most direct and sustainable ways to support the Black community is to shop at Black-owned businesses, many of which have also been disproportionately affected by the coronavirus pandemic.