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Mandem Clothing

Mandem is a clothing brand by the mandem, for the mandem. Mandem marries streetwear with practicality and comfort with high quality environmentally friendly fabrics. Mandem is me, you, her and them. We are Mandem.

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Under One Umbrella

Supporting Black Owned Business

The Black Umbrella is a communinty driven initiative to list and support Black owned businesses and services in Waltham Forest. A central hub to celebrate Black entrepreneurship and to encourage collaboration and practise group economics.

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If you are a Black business owner, freelancer or contractor offering services in Waltham Forest please get in touch with us to add your business or service to our list of providers. It's free to list and all industries and sectors are welcome.

Our Story

It's time for us to support each other

The Black Umbrella is about members of the Black community in Waltham Forest coming together to help and support each other. Click below to find out more about how this project came about and some of our future plans.

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The Black Pound

The Power Of Black Ownership

Although London has a Black population of 12% it is estimated that only 3% of registered businesses are Black owned. This is a significant under-representation compared to other groups. Most Black owned businesses are small and 25% of Black business owners are women. Black businesses are often more likely to introduce innovations in goods, services and business processes. The Black community spends 95% of its money outside of the community. Let’s work together to promote local Black businesses and entrepreneurs.

Food for thought
10 May 2021

Group Economics

Group Economics essentially speaks on the financial mechanisms that any sub-cultural, racial or socio-economic group…
7 May 2021

Obstacles for Black Owned Businesses

New research, published by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), shows ethnic minority businesses (EMBs)…
5 May 2021

Why Black Businesses Fail

If you’ve ever started a business and failed, you might feel terrible about the loss…
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If you wake up deciding what you want to give versus what you're going to get, you become a more successful person. In other words, if you want to make money, you have to help someone else make money.

Russell Simmons