This year we have seen an unprecedented focus on the black community in various countries around the world following the tragic death of George Floyd. There has been significant support from business, politics and the media, but much of this effort will need to continue beyond 2020 to advance gender equality.
One of the most powerful ways to have a positive impact on these communities is to support businesses founded by black founders who can then have a positive impact on their communities. Next to Raphael Sofoluke, Founder and CEO of UK Black Business Show, I have selected 30 black-owned companies – across a range of industries and sizes – that are geared for growth and good performance in 2021 that you can support.
Award-winning Afro Hair Care brand with natural and ethical ingredients.
Luxury home fragrance brand that sells hand-poured scented candles made using traditional artisanal techniques.
Unique streetwear fashion brand founded by four friends after an unexpected event during university.
The Belovd Agency is a DEI and agency partnership that provides education, training and strategy for the advancement of all human interfaces in the workplace.
Benjart is a UK premium street fashion company with strong local roots and global appeal
Black Ballad is a media and data company serving black women in the UK and beyond
Black girl gamer
An award-winning community-based platform committed to promoting diversity, inclusion and equity in the gaming industry.
Subscription box with hair, skin and wellness delicacies.
Casey Elisha books
The London-based children’s author, best known for her debut title Love Thy Fro, focuses on improving diversity in children’s literature.
Clamp Digital Agency is an innovative powerhouse that creates contemporary phygital and digital experiences.
African print swimwear brand that combines the traditional aspects of African cultural prints with contemporary swimwear designs.
The London-based cosmetics brand was founded by beauty enthusiast Gina Nipah.
Bridal hair salon for textured hair and aspiring celebrity hairdresser.
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Online collection of stories highlighting the positive contributions Black Britons make to society and culture through events, PR and creative content
International wedding studio of the London wedding photographer Jamie Adeogunwoye, specializing in weddings, events, portrait and lifestyle photography.
The London-based womenswear brand for accessible apparel with a luxurious aesthetic, deliberately crafted to make women feel like their more confident selves.
The UK’s first online lender focused entirely on entrepreneurs from underrepresented communities.
A platform to inspire young entrepreneurs to follow their dreams. The platform had speakers such as Karen Civil, Lenny ‘Kodak Lens’ Santiago, Swizz Beatz, Yvette Noel-Schure and Shayla Cowan.
Marv Brown Films
A creative video production company based in London.
A fashion brand that bridges the void in the industry by celebrating inclusivity.
Photography shop that specializes in capturing a child’s first year of travel.
Real estate cohort
Property Cohort is an information hub created by real estate professionals focused on providing unbiased practical advice and services to investors and first-time buyers.
An alcoholic beverage provider that makes a wide variety of refreshing Caribbean rum punch products.
Recruiting and job board platform aiming to connect black talent with career opportunities in the creative industry with a combined reach of 20,000, with resources ranging from resume workshops to mentoring
Stock Pickers Academy
Educational platform and community of experienced and inexperienced stock market traders.
The curve catwalk
Britain’s first dance class specifically for plus size women
Line of contact Fracas
Sports media platform with analysis of intellect, openness and comedy.
Luxurious handmade and hand-cast, organic, fragrant, glittery wax melts and candles.
Understanding Girls Like You (UGLY Tribe) is an organization that aims to support young women aged 16 to 30 from underrepresented and marginalized groups through a series of workshops on self-development, mentoring and coaching for companies.
Uncle John’s Bakery
Uncle John’s Bakery is an Afro-Caribbean, Ghanaian specialty bakery that was founded over 25 years ago and makes bread and cakes exactly as it was made 100 years ago in Ghana
Wealth8 is a digital wealth and investment service offering easy and affordable access to wealth creation opportunities aimed at black and multiethnic communities in the UK.This article is part of a series about underrepresented people who make a difference. To submit ideas for features or to keep up to date with new versions, find me on Twitter – @ TommyPF91.