Independent publisher Knights Of has teamed up with Black British Business Award winner Mark Maciver and charity UK Youth to offer £1,000 grants for young Black entrepreneurs across the UK.
The Shaping Up Culture grants are being awarded alongside mentorship from business owners, led by Maciver, who runs hairdressing business SliderCuts.
Maciver, whose client list includes Lebron James, Anthony Joshua and Stormzy, has written a guide for young entrepreneurs with advice and insight on creating a thriving business while facing challenges. Maciver has updated the guide to cover Covid-19 recovery and finding opportunities in hardship.
Working with UK Youth, Knights Of has broadened the impact of Maciver’s book, awarding five young people with a £1,000 grant each. The funding is being awarded to entrepreneurs including those aready established and those just starting out. The aim of the grants and partnership is to enable and create opportunities for entrepreneurship and employability within the Black community.
Aimée Felone, m.d. at Knights Of, said: “We know that the Covid-19 pandemic hit Black British communities hard, so I’m immensely proud of the continued work of both UK Youth and Mark in supporting businesses by providing the tools they need to survive. This bonus content version of Shaping Up Culture gives honest and practical ways to get through the unimaginable and unforeseeable, and the fund is a superb step in helping young people jump start their ideas.”
Jonny King of the corporate partnerships team at UK Youth, said: “We’re thrilled that Knights Of has partnered with UK Youth. Through local grants their donation will help enable and create opportunities for entrepreneurship and employability within the Black community. Coming off the back of a global pandemic there has never been a more important time to support young people and we’re excited to see the impact these grants can make.