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As the demand and support for UK black owned businesses continues to grow, due to the Black Lives Matter movement and Black Pound Day. I wanted to put something together that would make being A conscious consumer easier. One of the main barriers to buying more consciously and sustainably is the lack of access, without the information it is hard to find exactly what we are looking for.
The aim is to normalise having people both within and outside of the black community supporting black owned businesses. It doesn’t have to be a political statement or a result of a lack of Representation, it just becomes a way of life because the access to these businesses and information is available.
One of the easiest way to support black-owned businesses throughout the year is to think practically. Think about what you need and then find a BOB that can fulfil that need. You can also splurge on some luxury items and things that are not necessitates because we all love to treat ourselves.
Where Do You Look?
So where do you look?
If you are looking to incorporate more black owned businesses into your everyday lives, there are a few places you can look. It has never been easier to find what you are looking for, a Google search or a tweet could help you find exactly what you are looking for but sometimes too much information can be overwhelming.
Here are some places to try first to find what you are looking for:
- Black Owned Business Directory – Buying Black London, UK Black Owned, We Bet On Black & Black Directory UK.
- Content Creators & Influencers – there are creators like; Curlygalchlo, Missybeelondon, Ebony_natural_curls, sincerlyoghosa, Curltureuk, Ukafrolista, Iamkaishalarissa, Thecurlycloset, Chumasoko, Lydia Dinga and Badoyumeii who create content around black owned businesses.
- Social Media – Sometimes people create social media posts looking for specific black owned businesses, have a look through those posts, save and bookmark them or create your own.
- Businesses that stock UK black owned businesses – Jamii, Detangled Hair, Hair Popp, Oddesey Box, Janet’s List & Yard & Parish.
How To Support UK Black Owned Businesses
As much as financial support is amazing, there are plenty of other ways you can support black owned businesses. These suggestions work well alongside financial support, so do take these points into consideration if you have or are planning to support some UK black owned businesses.
Support black owned businesses by:
- Shopping with them
- Sharing on social media or with friends and family or colleagues
- Engage with them online and offline
- Write reviews, share some feedback/constructive criticism
- Create content
Meeting Your Everyday Needs Whilst Supporting UK Black Owned Businesses
I mentioned that the easiest way to incorporate black owned businesses into your day to day lives is to think of some necessities. Think; Toiletries – Skincare, hair care, beard care and nail care. Gifting – Cards, gifts. Wellness – Therapy, self care boxes, coaches and mentors. Homeware – Candles, tableware, kitchen and art. Clothing – Women, men, children. Food – Restaurants shops
If you want to know more about Jamii, you can read my experience using their discount card for black owned businesses and you can also get *15% off of your Jamii card using my code: SAABIRAH
Also please share some charities and organisations that are dedicated to educating, helping and supporting the black community, we cannot forget about those of us who are struggling.