Take part in our black-owned business campaign #IAMBOB

BusinessLive and parent company Reach Plc are launching a campaign to champion the work of black entrepreneurs across the UK.

The idea is to help support the growth of Britain’s black economy and promote the success stories of black-owned firms – from start-ups to SMEs to large corporates – around the country.

Today, on Black Pound Day (Saturday, October 3), we are running a Twitter campaign using the hashtag #IAMBOB and inviting black-owned companies to get in touch.

The campaign, which is taking place on Sunday too, will tell millions of people through Reach’s websites, social media channels and newspapers all about the UK’s thriving black business community.

What is #IAMBOB and why is it happening now?

The #IAMBOB campaign is part of the work BusinessLive is doing to represent all the communities it serves – and to highlight the importance of black-owned companies to the UK’s economic recovery.

Over this weekend, Reach’s news brands will retweet hundreds of local businesses to thousands of loyal followers.

Up and down the country, our trusted and industry-leading local and regional news websites and newspapers will help to promote the success stories of black-owned businesses.

The campaign is taking place throughout Black History Month – an annual event that originated in the US but is now also observed in Ireland, the Netherlands and the UK during October.

What is Black Pound Day?

Black Pound Day was launched in June this year by So Solid Crew’s DJ Swiss and is aimed at supporting the growth of the UK black economy.

It falls on the first Saturday of each month and encourages people to spend locally or online with black-owned companies.

It is also an opportunity to find out how everyone can support black businesses over the long term.

According to the Black Pound Day website, Swiss came up with the idea in response to the death of George Floyd in the US and the current Black Lives Matter protests in Britain.

Swiss reportedly hopes the movement will underpin the UK’s long-term financial growth and infrastructure, empowering and motivating the black community.

How do I take part in #IAMBOB?

All you have to do to take part is to tweet us with the hashtag #IAMBOB today (October 3), or Sunday (October 4) – to make sure we can tell as many people as possible about your business.

Make sure you tag in your local news site too! For example, Bristol Live, Manchester Live or Birmingham Live.

We will also be telling many of your inspirational stories in our Reach titles throughout Black History Month and want to find out more about your businesses.

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To tell your story, email our national business team at businesslive@reachplc.com with the following information: name of your company, where you are based, the number of employees, the year it was founded and a little explainer on what your company does.

And if you have pictures of you in your business, please email them across too.

We look forward to hearing from you!