Supporting businesses this Black History Month

Published: Tuesday, October 12, 2021

October is Black History Month, and as part of its celebration of local black history and culture, Wandsworth Council is shining the spotlight on the borough’s black-owned business.

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Nicola McGuire, local librarian and founder of Eclectic Gifts,

“We’re committed to supporting all our small businesses, and believe that helping our black-owned businesses is especially important this Black History Month because many are still continuing to recover from the pandemic,” said the council’s business spokesman Cllr Rhodri Morgan.  

“We know that our borough has benefitted so much from these businesses – whether it’s  Caribbean food and drink innovators changing the way we eat, or shops and market stalls at their centre of their local communities. 

“We would urge residents to show their love for these businesses this and every month by shopping local and giving them your support.” 

During October the council is supporting a range of activities to highlight and support black-owned businesses.  

On October 15-17 it is sponsoring a pop-up market for black-owned businesses in association with Southside Shopping Centre. It opens at 10am on Friday at Southside in Wandsworth Town Centre. 

Other support includes: 

  • Partnering with the Black Pound Day initiative to help support the growth of the UK black economy 
  • Using social media channels to promote offers and discounts. Follow BusinessWandBC on twitter and wandsworthbusinessteam on Instagram.   
  • Highlighting stories of black entrepreneurship on the Wandsworth Enterprise Hub.  
  • Hosting a celebration of black enterprise in the borough with a panel discussion event and reception hosted by the BBC presenter Jacqueline Shepherd. Featuring business owners past and present, this will be held on October 21st, at Battersea Arts Centre. Book here
  • Creating a page on My Virtual Wandsworth featuring black-owned businesses.

Find out about support for all local businesses, including events, advice and information on funding options at wandsworthenterprisehub.com 

Find out about other Black History Month events in Wandsworth

Notes to Editors

The businesses taking part in the pop-up market are: