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Celebrating Black History Month in the UK

October 5 / United Kingdom

To honour Black History Month, Uber is committed to providing support for Black-owned restaurants, and celebrating Black drivers and couriers, who are at the heart of everything Uber does.

We invite you to join us in supporting the following initiatives:

Black Business Fund

We’re proud to launch our Black Business Fund in partnership with Enterprise Nation and Be Inclusive Hospitality, to help provide access to funding, education and mentoring for Black restaurant owners.

Via this fund we’ll distribute a total of £50,000 in grants to selected Black-owned restaurants. These will be restaurants with 3 sites or fewer who have been trading for the last 18 months, and have been adversely affected by the pandemic.

The mentorship scheme, supported by Be Inclusive Hospitality, is designed to support the career development of Black restaurant owners. It will offer both junior to senior and peer to peer mentoring.

Thanks to Enterprise Nation, restaurants will be also be able to access e-learning courses covering everything from sales and marketing to
finance, as well as ongoing support including connections to advisers for free consultation calls, daily events, and local meet-ups

Celebrating Black-owned restaurants and African & Caribbean cuisines

Throughout the month of October, we will be highlighting Black-owned restaurants on Instagram. We partnered with Black Eats London to ask Black-owned restaurant leaders about their favourite dishes, and what motivated them to enter the restaurant industry. Head to @ubereats_uk to check out their success stories.

We’re also partnering with Tastemade to showcase more Black-owned restaurants which are available on the Uber Eats platform

You too can celebrate and sample African and Caribbean cuisines – visit the Uber Eats app to order from a range of restaurants.

Stories from Drivers and Couriers – Black, British + Proud

‘Black, British + Proud’ is a series of photos and videos that champion the Black British identity. The series features portraits and testimonies from members of Uber’s Black community, including the drivers and couriers who are central to Uber’s operations.

Throughout the month of October, you’ll also be able to hear what Black History Month and being ‘Black, British + Proud’ means to Kasey, Nicholas, Mirko and Karolina; four amazing drivers and couriers. Follow us on Instagram to learn more about their journey.

Whilst the series focuses on Black drivers and couriers, ‘Black, British + Proud’ is a timely reminder of the pride that Black Britons take in identity, and their ability to thrive in spite of it all.

Want to know how Uber is pursuing racial and social equity every day?

Read about our ongoing efforts to rid our platform of racism, fight racism with technology, and drive equity within our company and the community.