October marks Black History Month in the UK, a time where we celebrate black excellence both past and present. To mark this occasion, we will be highlighting Ghanaian excellence, especially here in the UK.
Ghana was recently named as the world leader for women owned businesses, whereby an estimated 46.4% of women owned private businesses. With such a strong presence of both genders in the business sector, it can be seen that the entrepreneurial spirit is very much alive within the Ghanaian community. There are so many Ghanaian businesses here in the UK and UK Ghanaian businesses with links to Ghana. The recent lockdown also saw the launch of many more.
In this post, we’re going to highlight some Ghanaian owned UK businesses and brands that are doing amazing things.
Cornelius Interior Solutions
Cornelius Interior Solutions provides interior solutions services. Some of their services include flooring & tiling, painting, and kitchen & bathroom unit fittings. Check out their Instagram for some of the before and after transformations.
Vitae London is a London based watch brand that provides modern watches, whilst also giving back to those less fortunate throughout Africa. Each watch purchased from their classic range of watches ensures that a child is able to attend school with two sets of school uniform (in partnership with House of Wells). Alternatively, each watch purchased helps to provide children in rural areas with a solar lamp (in partnership with Pen to Paper Ghana).
The Design Studio (TDS)
TDS offers a range of services including graphic design, brand architecture and creative direction services! Their services are perfect for those who are just starting out or those who need their brands revamped. For all your design needs, TDS is the Graphic design brand for you.
The Adepa Brand
The Adepa Brand is a family owned Shea Butter brand specialising in quality whipped Shea Butter. Their products are made from 100% raw organic Shea Butter, great for moisturising the face, body and hair. They also offer a monthly subscription service where you can receive your choice of Shea Butter products on a monthly basis.
Dirty Look is an online eyewear store that sells fashionable and affordable sunglasses for women of all ages. Their new shades, the Daddy Shades, are their first pair of shades that are unisex. Check out Dirty Look today for stylish eyewear!
Instagram/Twitter: Dirtylook_/ dirtylook__
Kwaku’s Kitchen offers catering services for events such as weddings, engagements, corporate services, and private dining. As well as events, Kwaku’s Kitchen also provides 1-1 sessions, cooking masterclasses and more!
Odo Lashes is a provider of affordable, cruelty-free 3D Mink strip eyelashes. Making Odo Lashes the perfect blend of luxury and affordability. The Odo Lashes are inspired by the love of Ghanaian music, Hiplife in particular.
Dee Sleek is an affordable London based hairstylist specialising in ponytails. The ponytails are sleek, beautiful and perfect for any occasion. For any ponytail style, Dee Sleek has you sorted.
Pure Hair London
Pure Hair London is a luxury hair extension brand, providing quality virgin hair extensions with excellent customer service. Not only do they provide quality hair extensions, but the hair also arrives in a beautiful package and each order comes with a free gift.
Shot By Irene
Shot By Irene is an amazing photographer who specialises in event photography, product photography, MUA photoshoots and more! Her photography portfolio really speaks for itself!
Dapaah Choclates is an award-winning dairy-free family owned chocolate brand. The chocolate is created using the finest organic cocoa sourced from Ghana and the dairy free aspect makes their chocolate suitable for vegans and lactose intolerants.
Eventsly are a London based events management company with the motto "organising events that create unforgettable experiences”. They specialise in event styling, event coordination and balloon décor. For all your event needs, they’ve got you covered.
My Shea Dream
A Shea Butter line specialising in body butters, hair products, beard products and baby products. Their products have long lasting moisturising properties and are suitable for all.
Sabina is a self-taught talented British Ghanaian artist. Her artwork is phenomenal. Check out her artwork and get in touch with her if you’d like to make a purchase.
Kama Beauty is an online store providing beautiful and quality waist beads sourced from Ghana. Waist beads have many symbolic meanings, including displaying one’s femininity or a weight control tool. No matter what your waist beads are being used for, Kama Beauty has you sorted.
Bonnets by Boatemaa
Bonnets by Boatemaa is one of many small businesses that established themselves during the pandemic. They sell quality handmade bonnets at affordable prices.
B2M, also known as Back to the Motherland, provides all things cultured from African print fans, headscarves, clutch bags and more.
Ruth Matthew Events
Ruth Matthew Events specialises in designing luxury weddings and bespoke weddings. Their stunning work has been featured on platforms such as Bella Naija Weddings and I Do Ghana.
My Runway Group
My Runway Group is a youth empowerment organisation focused on developing young creatives. They currently have a pop store to showcase black youth businesses. This exciting initiative will showcase over 50 black businesses this October.
Baroness Gardens is an outdoor events space located in Accra. The location is perfect as it’s situated away from the traffic and busyness of the centre of Accra, allowing for a relaxed environment. It’s the perfect venue for all types of events, whether it’s a traditional wedding or birthday party!
E Collections are a provider of trendy African inspired accessories, fashion statements and gifts. Some of their products include African print fans, Kente print face masks, graduation shawls, African beaded bracelets and more. Instagram: _ecollections
MB Logistics is a Ghanaian shipping company that ships items from the UK to Ghana. They are also able to personally source products for customers or ship already purchased items. If you're currently in Ghana and need items from the UK, get in touch with MBLogistics today for a quote.
I could go on and on, but frankly we'd be here all day. Make sure you check out the businesses that have been mentioned so far and let us know if you have any Ghanaian owned businesses that you would like us to check out!
Stay tuned for another blog post highlighting Ghanaian platforms, content creators etc.