Recent events have of course led to discussions about how East Croydon Cool could better support & show solidarity for the fight for racial equality.
As a community marketing platform, East Croydon Cool highlights unique local businesses, events, people & positive news to both new & established Croydoners.
Whilst the platform aims to showcase content that is representative of Croydon’s community, the global situation seems an opportune moment to work harder.
We’ve been watching, reading & listening to see where we might be best placed to use the momentum to effect local change.
A common theme, where we hope to make some impact, surrounds business & economics.
As owners of all businesses will know; running a profitable company is no easy task. Whilst there are thousands of successful black-owned businesses across the UK, working in a country where systemic racism exists, the journey to success is harder.
So, we are supporting (at a local level) Swiss’s #BlackPoundDay (see @bpdofficial). His campaign encourages people to make a conscious effort to spend their money with black-owned, UK businesses on one set day each month. The first date has been confirmed as Saturday 27th June.
As Swiss explains: “This is a solution based, community empowering campaign which will leave a better infrastructure for the next generation to walk into.”
To tie in with this, East Croydon Cool is creating a Directory that details a variety of Croydon based, black-owned businesses. We will be encouraging people to use this resource on #BlackPoundDay to actively support Croydon based, black-owned businesses.
In the same way ‘Black Lives Matter’ does not translate to ‘Other Lives Don’t’; encouraging people to spend money at black owned businesses does not mean don’t spend elsewhere. This is a call to action to help even the playing field and acknowledge that black businesses need more support.
The below Directory has been prepared ahead of the first #BlackPoundDay on Saturday 27th June. We will use it as a basis to showcase individual businesses on our social media channels throughout the year.
This is an ever-growing document, so if your business would like to be included, please drop us an email on firstname.lastname@example.org
Contemporary African Art Specialist
Interior Designer/Property Developer
Designer and Illustartor
Inclusive Giftbox Service
Floss N Pop UK
Black Excellence Grads
Kente fabric graduation stoles
FMM Pop Up
Platform for independent designers
Custom printed hoodies/tees
Ethical and Natural Clothing for Children
Stunning pieces dyed by hand
Mula Cake Clothing
African inspired accessories for him and for her
Something About Elizabeth
Handcrafted jewellery for men and women
Bump Dance Fitness
Croydon Boxing Academy
Holistic PT Studio
Strength and Conditioning Gym
Set Good Fitness
Snappz Masterclass Fitness
FOOD AND DRINK
868 Cocktail House
Pop Up Cocktail Bar
Cake and Bake Croydon
Cake to Differ
Crepes and Cones
Bar and Pop-Up Kitchen
Drinks On Tap
Drinks and Cigar delivery company
Sweet Treats Company
The Mobile Juice Bar
Heads N Tails Croydon
Caribbean Fish and Chips Takeaway
Waffles and treats
Livity Plant Based Cuisine
Vegan market traders and delivery service
Caterer and Mixologist
Freshly made cold-pressed juices
Soul Vegan UK
Vegan Supper Clubs
The Drinks Connoisseur
Alcohol Delivery Service
The Incredible Twins Sweet Box
Sweet delivery company
Walnuts and Honey
HEALTH & BEAUTY
Mobile Massage Therapist
Natural Skincare Provider
Atara Nail Bar
Beauty by Char
Make Up Artist
Beauty Event Services
EmaySou Wicks Candles
Luxury hand poured soy wax candles
Femme Fatale TV
Female Music Talent Platform
I Am Echo Fashion Shows
Runway Trainers/Fashion show co-ordinators
Lenses of Croydon
Network of 600 photographers
Christmas decorations of Colour
Music Relief Foundation
Mr Bling Car Care
Cost effective car cleaning and detailing products
Retro gaming store and events space
Homemade Home Fragrance
Providing creative spaces for young BAME Croydoners
Talawa Theatre Company