43 Black Owned Businesses in the U.K. You Absolutely Need In Your Life
2020 could be considered a pretty bleak year for people of colour. But, while the ongoing fight for equality and awareness continues, it’s also important to recognise the success within the black community and celebrate black-owned businesses in the UK.
For people of colour, finding brands and products that cater to their needs and offer racial diversity across all platforms is not easy, even in 2020. However, this has allowed many entrepreneurs to invest their money into ventures that we need. From natural hair products to skincare, makeup and clothing, it’s time that these amazing businesses, no matter how big or small, get their time in the spotlight.
To maintain the momentum that started in 2016 – our blog post about 26 Cool UK Black Owned Businesses We Picked Up From Twitter Hashtag #UKBlackOwnedBusinesses inspired by the online directory UKBlackowned.co.uk right from Twitter, got about 800 shares on social media – here is the second round!
HAIR AND BEAUTY
A company that has created a brand concept consisting of makeup, bespoke cosmetics and skin and body care products. The company’s portfolio is composed of completely natural products and services that embraces and caters to every skin tone and complexion.
Born out of a desire to revolutionise black hair and skin products in the UK, Antidote Street is an online platform offering a curated selection of hair and grooming products. They also provide useful tips, advice and product reviews via their blog.
Inspired by the birth of the founder’s daughter and the desire to find a natural hair crème for her, MourMourCreme offers a range of homemade hair, beard and body products using only raw, unrefined and natural ingredients. The products are suitable for all hair types and suitable for babies, children and adults.
A London based hair care brand delivering a range of products made natural plant and fruit extracts, nurturing oils, antioxidants and vitamins and without parabens, silicone and sulfates. The hair care products are created with a diverse range of hair types and textures in mind as well as environmental sustainability, packaging the crèmes in recyclable tubes.
A UK based company providing a range of high quality cosmetics including lip creams, eyeshadows, loose powder and lashes. Happy shopping!
A wholesale and retail hair distributor, founded by Sandra Brown-Pinnock, creator of the “Xsandy’s” brand of hair extensions offering a selection of hair, body and men’s grooming products as well as hair extensions and wigs. Worth mentioning that Xsandys’s is the only black-owned hair and beauty store in South East London! Well done Sandra, this is very inspiring!
A UK based business aiming to promote healthy hair growth offering a hair butter made using natural ingredients, minimal chemicals and additives where possible. The business also aims to support the Sickle Cell Society (SCS) by donating 5% of all revenue to the SCS.
Offers a range of holistic natural hair and organic skin care solutions developed as an extension to the holistic hair care and wellbeing services provided through Almond & Avocado Ltd. Most of the ingredients used in the products are inspired by or can be sourced in the Caribbean and a percentage of sales are donated to Alopecia UK.
If you need to book a braider, loctician or natural hairstylist, this is the place to go! Afrocks is the number one online platform connecting individuals looking for natural hair and afro hair services with top-quality, pre-screened mobile stylists in London. Afrocks provides a seamless booking process and secure payment: Book your hair appointment in just a few clicks and get your hair done from the comfort of your own home.
After years of rejection from wholesalers saying black women’s needs are “niche”, Afrocenchix was voted Best Natural Hair Brand 2018 & continues to thrive. They are now an award-winning company formulated to help you maintain a healthy hair routine. Their natural products are safe, natural, simple to use and suitable for all hair types.
Based across Cheltenham and Hackney, Liha Beauty combines African roots with a quintessentially British attitude. With a selection of beautiful soaps, oils and skincare essentials, since launching into the natural beauty community they have gone from strength to strength. As far as black-owned businesses go this is one to watch!
A design and print company based in South East of London providing bespoke services to small, medium and large scale companies and organisations. Services include logos, banners, brochures, greeting cards, souvenirs and much more.
A freelance creative design company based in London offering branding, corporate identity and creative consultancy. The company specialises in business cards, leaflets, logos and more, including custom Snapchat filters.
Obeejool Photography Studio
Photography studio of photographer Gerald “Geez” Marie-Nelly situated in East London specialising in portraits and product photography. Obeejool offers portraits for portfolios, family and newborns and social media profiles as well as product shoots for e-shop sellers, bloggers, start-ups and existing brands. Pure talent, big up FWI and Martinique!
Artist Kirsty Latoya is a 24-year-old artist from South London who specialises in digital illustration and traditional art in the form of drawing. Her online shop sells a selection of products including tote bags, prints, phone cases and greeting cards. She is currently accepting illustration commissions and is open for collaborations with brands and other artists.
Artist Erina Nyonyintono specialises in acrylic portraits predominantly focusing on her Ugandan heritage, promoting a positive light of Africa as a whole. Her paintings and prints are available to purchase via her online shop.
MaarifaHub is an app devoted to allowing users from the African diaspora to engage, interact with and support their community. You’ll be able to read articles promoting positivity about men and women working for the betterment of the Black community and stay up to date with blogs by our contributors who cover topics to spark meaningful conversations.
A social enterprise designed to crowdfund for a different UK Black-owned business every month with the aim of bridging the gap between willing contributors and businesses in need of financial assistance.
A project with the goal of making afro textured hair more visible in the media as beautiful hair to boost the self-esteem of young black girls and women so that they are empowered by their unique beauty and given the confidence to embrace themselves and believe in their talents to achieve greatness. You can buy positive affirmation “Empower Dressing” products via the online shop.
Feeling overwhelmed by the idea of going back to natural hair? Fear not as there is now an app for that. AppFrolution is a powerful and essential application to document and organise my hair journey, from scheduling your haircare to check and tracking length, ‘A Hair Diary on your Mobile’ available in French and English.
Headquartered in London, Zenith Bank (UK) Ltd was authorised by the FSA in 2007 and has embraced and promoted online banking. You can access a range of banking services such as Cross Border Trade Finance, a full range of Treasury Services and Family Office and Wealth Management.
A “Cocoa House” in Brick Lane, London, bringing you quality chocolate made using Ghanaian cocoa beans. A huge selection of chocolates is available to purchase online via the shop, including a range suitable for vegans.
A luxury menswear tailoring brand specifically designed for tall gentlemen. With subtle classic designs and luxury fabrics, Lynch & Mason was created to meet the demands of the tall, confident, well-groomed gentleman.
An online store selling casual wear, classic headwear and accessories.
A ‘tribally modernised’ clothing brand by Joy Kamau with the aim of reinventing ‘traditional clothing’ by creating beautifully finished garments to fit in with day to day life. Clothing, bags, shoes and accessories can be purchased via the online shop.
An independent family-run online boutique and gift shop offering urban chic silver jewellery, gifts and accessories for the frugal fashionista as well as jewellery parties for groups of 10 or more.
Inspired by the owner’s years of travelling and viewing diverse beauty around the world, Kaji Headwraps is a stylish, luxury brand for trendy women who enjoy being able to protect their hair with style and fashionably wear scarves. There is a selection of vibrant designs to suit everyone and a handy tutorial page for the ultimate styling guide
After designing and making their own clothes which attracted a lot of attention, Mamas Boutique was launched. Each item is made to make women feel amazing and self-empowered through the clothes they wear. Including dresses, jumpsuits and two-pieces you can find a show-stopping outfit here.
FOOD AND DRINKS
Bokit’la is the first french Caribbean street food based in london. Sharing a taste of Guadeloupe by preparing fresh baked dough, known as Bokit. Seriously, check them out. Food is amazing and owners are very very friendly!
Offering the delivery and catering of high quality, authentic African food at affordable prices. Also, the official caterers of the Nigerian Carnival in the UK with over 10 branches dotted around South East London and Kent.
A location based app and social network for discovering African and Caribbean Food in London. The app gives you a map or list view of African and Caribbean restaurants, takeaways, pop-ups and supper clubs near you.
A London-based online marketplace bringing fresh, authentic modern African and Caribbean food to your doorstep.
Exotic organic drinks inspired by African tradition using fruits and plants indigenous to Africa. The drinks are low in both calories and sugar and completely organic, without any preservatives, artificial additives or colourings. 5p from the sale of every bottle of drinks in the Chosan range is donated to food producers in Africa.
Tokunbo’s Kitchen was founded by Tokunbo Koiki in 2015 to introduce Nigerian cuisine to the global food landscape. If you’re looking for a catering service and love Nigerian food, Tokunbo’s Kitchen offers private and corporate catering with flavoursome, high-quality dishes that everyone will love.
A London-based creative company bringing innovative ideas to life through purposefully designed branding and websites.
A domestic and commercial cleaning solutions company using the industry’s most effective tools, vetted cleaners and a trained property maintenance team and a focus on providing a more restorative approach to cleaning.
A video magazine dedicated to contemporary youth culture & empowerment. The platform profiles young urban creative talent within music, fashion, arts & business globally.
An online network connecting and generating opportunities for Black British bloggers, founded by Mariam Bashorun. The network also has a Facebook group where opportunities are posted and bloggers can share their latest work.
An online magazine primarily (but not exclusively) for women living in London featuring news, information and pieces on notable black role models, fashion, health and beauty, travel and lifestyle, all with an appreciation for the black person, culture and experience. Founded by Joy Joses, Melanmag is on track to become a reference in the online space.
One exciting black-owned businesses in the UK is Gal Dem, an award-winning media company committed to championing the creative work of women and non-binary people of colour. Offering an online and print magazine, they address misrepresentation and inequality through essays and opinion pieces, as well as music, art and lifestyle content.
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Leanne Lindsey is a freelance blogger for hire specialising in self-improvement, wellbeing and lifestyle topics. She is also a life coach who loves inspiring and motivating women to live happy, healthy lives they love. Visit her website to learn more about her available blogging services and to grab her free guide with tips on how to be happy.