Black to business: Introducing Black Business Recommendation, a website of black businesses, voices and change makers
A new website has launched to celebrate and support Black-owned businesses.
The brainchild of husband and wife duo, Huw and Lorraine Bellot, Black Business Recommendation encourages people to purchase products from or book services with Black-owned businesses in the UK and Internationally – but it goes beyond buying.
Black Business Recommendation also offers small business owners a collaborative space in which to network and receive business development advice, training and tuition to help start, grow or upskill their business practice, particularly in the current climate when many small businesses are facing uncertainty.
Anti-racist movements have taken off in the last year in the wake of the death of George Floyd, but the Bellots have been attempting to battle black inequality since 2017 when they set up the Black Business Recommendation Facebook page – which today complements the brand’s official website.
Speaking about Black Business Recommendation, Huw Bellot said: “Getting angry about racism and prejudice does not produce the desired effect of countering the issue. It’s not enough to simply march and chant. You have to look at the problem and commit yourself to the solutions available.”
Bellot continued: “We need to educate our community and the general public to respect each others’ greatness and support Black-owned businesses. We also need to encourage Black owned Businesses and organisations to collaborate not compete, to learn from each other and make our own connections.”
The seed for Black Business Recommendation was planted in 1985 when Bellot used to “walk through the streets of London amassing 2,375 Black-owned businesses for the inaugural UK Black Business Directory, my first job.” He noticed a lack of support for Black-owned businesses which never left him, ultimately culminating in the conception of Black Business Recommendation in 2017 to uplift the black community.
Fast forward to today and, whether you’re a Black or non-Black Briton, Black Business Recommendation is asking us all to make a commitment to actively help fight racial inequality – by recognising the fantastic Black-owned businesses we have in the UK and supporting them for community growth and development.
To find out more about Black Business Recommendation, please visit