Black owned Edinburgh businesses (that you can support right now)

July 13, 2020

Racism has no business in Edinburgh

When Black Lives Matter protests began springing up we saw it as an opportunity to learn. We wanted to understand racism, but even more so right here in Edinburgh.

What we discovered was scratching the surface. The everyday racism experienced by Century General Store’s co-owner, Nadia, proved eye-opening. Growing up with racism in Scotland had unacceptable effects on PekoeTea's Director, Esther. Seeing how Edinburgh’s streets were built on racism was as horrifying as it was illuminating. 

But learning wasn't enough. Edinburgh Lockdown Economy champions small, independent businesses. We can use our platform to drive awareness and support local black business owners.

Kenyan curries, rice, flatbread, ginger, lime, plantains
Kenyan dishes from Knight's Kitchen

Discovering black owned businesses in Edinburgh

So the team set about finding black owned businesses to add to the site, if they weren’t already. But our initial searches didn’t bear much fruit. A black owned business directory for the UK had no businesses listed in Edinburgh. There was only one business mentioned in a post in Edinburgh’s subreddit, but 5 Glasgow businesses.

Realising how hard it was to find black owned businesses was dispiriting. Although, it was unsurprising. According to the 2011 census, just 1.4% of the city’s population is black.

So it was fantastic to discover Vanessa Kanbi's post. It was hardly a directory, but with 10 black owned businesses it was the longest list we’d seen.

From there, we kept up with the post’s comments, where people were sharing black owned businesses in the city. And because of their love for local we now have a more comprehensive, inclusive and representative list.

Organic soap and wash bag from Edinburgh black owned business Arike
Natural handmade soap from Arike Organics


Edinburgh’s only black owned business directory

We hope a directory of black businesses can be more than a useful shopping resource. It's an opportunity for dialogue between business owners. It's a chance for entrepreneurs to connect with a community who love to support local. It's the possibility that more black entrepreneurs will set up shop in Edinburgh. 

That’s why we ask that you share this list of black owned businesses so others can choose to shop with them too. And if you know of any businesses who are trading during lockdown that we’ve missed, please let us know.

Tshirts with printed text from black owned business Badger Prints
Custom tees from Badger Prints



Black owned businesses you can buy from today

Food businesses

  • Century General Store - eco friendly homewares and care packages (with a discount if bought by or for a key worker), plus takeaway coffee on Saturdays.
  • PekoeTea - ethically sourced loose leaf teas and tea making accessories.
  • The Good Store - plastic free refilling shop for organic dry goods and more.
  • Caked by Catherine - stunning celebration cakes (and a gorgeous Instagram feed!)
  • Go Go Beets - coffees, sandwiches and treats to take away. Includes an indoor picnic bag and vegan choices.
  • RiveRLife - Caribbean-Nigerian food for delivery and collection.
  • Knight’s Kitchen - home cooked Kenyan soul food to heat at home. 
  • Matugga Rum - award-winning rum distilled locally from East African molasses.


Health, fitness and beauty companies

  • PERF - handmade organic and cruelty free beauty products. Sales support Ugandan women who harvest the organic oils PERF uses.
  • Enchanted Salts - natural and organic Reiki infused bath salts plus distance healing sessions.
  • Arike Organics - natural skincare, hair and home cleaning products.
  • AV Fitness - online personal training sessions.

Fashion and accessories

  • Dazzelustrous - authentic, handcrafted Ghanaian jewellery and accessories.
  • Badger Prints - bespoke personalised printing service for clothing, accessories, posters and more.
  • LeyeLesi - sustainable and ethical accessories handcrafted in West Africa.
  • RebelRoots - accessories including Arfican print face makses, as well as 100% natural hair care.

Have we missed a business? Let us know.

Black and green handbag from Edinburgh's LeyeLesi
A sustainable handbag from LeyeLesi


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