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    Weʼve raised £5,449 to THE BLACK POUNDS PROJECT. To invest British Pounds into Black British businesses.

    Birmingham & West Midlands
    Funded on Friday, 22nd January 2021

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    The Black Pounds Project is a Community Interest Company.

    It‘s time to make change. Literal change. Pocket change.

    Many black businesses, who contribute enormously to Birmingham’s economy, have been severely hit because of COVID-19 and recent start-up businesses are at risk.

    Now don’t get us wrong, we know none of us want to part with our hard earned cash, but seriously, it doesn’t cost a lot if we all share the load. We cannot continue doing the same thing over and over again and thinking things are going to be any different for the people in our communities.

    Statistics indicate that black owned businesses have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19. The following quotes highlight why this initiative is so important;

    “The BAME community is one of the hardest hits in this pandemic and what is needed is community focused support that takes into account the norms of that society. The approach of a one size fits all cannot work here.” Shah Athar, UK Curry Connect.

    “Make it easier for BAME business to obtain finance. not only in difficult times, but all the time.” Director, Fitness Business.

    “Business advice and support has to be relevant to the needs of BAME businesses. Therefore, it is important to ensure that any individual providing this support must have Inter Cultural Competencies and that they can relate to the needs of the BAME business. This is not something unique as the same criteria needs to apply to any business seeking advice.” Business Programme Manager, London.

    Our proposal is simple. Your donation will allow us to;

    - Provide Mentorship for black owned businesses.

    - Support business owners with their digital strategy

    - Provide 1-1 Professional development coaching to assist with business improvement strategies.

    - Provide 1-1 Personal development sessions to help business owners build resilience and a healthy work life balance.

    - Provide pitching opportunities.

    - Provide Introductions to key players within the Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce via the Black Pounds Project network.

    - Ask larger corporations to match the funds we have raised.

    - Create a bank of specialists who can provide sector specific support.

    - Support business owners with legal and regulatory compliance.

    - Create a website with online form businesses to register.

    - Create a series of seminars from experienced business advisers who will cover everything from business planning and marketing, to sales, budgeting and tax.

    - Compile a list of registered black owned SME businesses in the West Midlands and other cities.

    We will ask for all businesses involved with the project to submit a monthly blog post to our website so that project supporters can check progress, send messages of encouragement and build relationships.



    • CJ Webley4 years ago
      CJ Webley

      CJ Webley

      4 years ago

      The Black Pounds Project and MIDLANDS BUSINESS LEADERSHIP ACADEMY LTD present; A free Workshop on Effective Mentoring, taking place via Zoom on 26th Nov.

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    • CJ Webley4 years ago
      CJ Webley

      CJ Webley

      4 years ago

      Thank you Sue Bedward MSc, CiPD and MIDLANDS BUSINESS LEADERSHIP ACADEMY LTD for featuring The Black Pounds Project in your November newsletter. You can support us by donating as little as £2 to our fundraising campaign, or please email to discover how you can get involved in support black owned businesses during these unprecedented times.

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    • CJ Webley4 years ago
      CJ Webley

      CJ Webley

      4 years ago

      If you want a lesson on how to treat your customers, Koby Barbers in Walsall know all about that! I was so impressed I had to welcome them on board the Black Pounds Project and will do all that I can to ensure they receive the support they need in order to continue developing during these unprecedented times. Many business owners often don’t realise that it’s the little things that make the biggest difference and set you apart from your competitors.

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    4 years ago

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    Page last updated on: 1/19/2021 10.18



    • Anonymous


      Jan 19, 2021

      Happy to support this fantastic initiative!


    • Anonymous


      Jan 17, 2021

    • Grace Nkeshimana

      Grace Nkeshimana

      Dec 23, 2020


    • Kieran Parker

      Kieran Parker

      Dec 14, 2020


    • Sue Cartwright

      Sue Cartwright

      Nov 22, 2020

      A wonderful project! Delighted you are working with my friend Sue Bedward at MBL Academy who is a passionate advocate for your cause and highly skilled in business mentoring. Best wishes to you all.

    • Anonymous


      Oct 23, 2020


    • LA Knight

      LA Knight

      Oct 17, 2020

      Great project, wish everyone the best with it :)

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    Birmingham & West Midlands

    CJ Lloyd Webley is a writer and theatre-maker from Birmingham. CJ is the newly appointed Lead Artist for Lightpost Theatre Company at the Birmingham Rep and also runs Creative Writing workshops in schools as part of his organisation, Sorrel Park Theatrical.

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