Big up to The B.O.M.B – a brand new platform for Black Owned Minority Businesses, operating in South Wales.
Businesswomen Soraya Cordle, and Donna Ali, have set up a local facebook page to promote and publicise the many black owned businesses in our town, and around.
The B.O.M.B is open to all and acts as a free platform to promote services, products and skills completely free.
Working with others, such as the Black Owned Economy Group, B.O.M.B want to raise the profile, and the profit of our traders, in Barry, and beyond,
Research has shown, Black owned businesseses have been more adversely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
But many out there weathered the storm, using Covid 19 as a moment of reflection to rethink business strategies, a moment to remodel premises, and a moment to gain more customers.
In support, The B.O.M.B are also building a website directory as I type, with a plan to engage with more customers, by offering them a BOMB membership, which will entitle them to VIP gifts.
And a Black Tie Awards Ceremony, if permitted, is being planned for the end of 2020.
The page also share tips, tricks, and information pertinent to our Black community – including the highly-respected Forbes feature: Meet 25 Leading Black British Business People To Follow.
Well-known names advertising on the site include Marvin Cordle’s BarberShop, Nathan Palmer’s Bespoke Tailoring Company, Grech Gooden Criminal Defence Solicitors, Boleyn Baristas, One Stop Autos, Ice Cream Passion, LT Decorating, The Caribbean Way and many, many more.
Soraya and Donna are passionate about supporting their Black community and hope the site goes from strength to strength.
Well-known and well-respected, they are also two of the women behind The Campbell Network – a new organisation supporting students facing racism in school.
Named after Wales’ first black head teacher Betty Campbell plans to provide vital support to students and their families in Welsh classrooms.
Predominantly focused on the welfare of black and ethnic minority pupils, the project was co-founded by Donna Ali and Soraya Cordle with the aim of implementing RAYS (Race Advocate for Youths) within schools
In my view, the killing of George Floyd that led to the resurgence of the #BlackLivesMatter, was a pivotal moment in our history, kickstarting a whole new conversation around racism globally.
Here in Barry, and the districts beyond, we can show our strong solidarity too by speaking up as Allies, campaigning alongside our Black friends to fight the many injustices out there, educating ourselves.
And putting our money where our mouth is as our Black community build their businesses back up post pandemic.
Please show your support.
You know it makes sense.
Sue Vincent-Jones, writing as Mrs SVJ, is a Barry born journalist, editor, and communications specialist. She blogs about Barry – and her life in the wider world, through the eyes of a, quirky and queer, local girl done good.
#CommSpirit is where Sue, mixes up news and views to showcase some of the movers and shakers in our town. And promotes those lush locals who are putting our very own stomping ground firmly on the map.