Dear A&M Community,
Running a business during a global crisis is enough to challenge most of us. Unfortunately we have seen extreme cruelty in humanity which has prompted us to all think about fundamental issues surrounding racism and diversity.
This issue is very true to my heart. Growing up and working in predominantly white societies as a minority, I have experienced implicit and sometimes explicit racism. Working in a male dominant industry prior to founding A&M, I have experienced sexism and stereotyping. Meanwhile, I'm acutely aware that I’ve been very privileged and I do not fully understand the level of pain inflicted on many people on a daily basis around the globe.
I'm pledging my 3 month full salary and raising additional funds in order to provide grants along with mentorship to Black-owned consumer brand businesses. We now have raised a significant amount thanks to our colleagues, partners as well as investors.
I have joined forces with my trusted team, all of our heads of departments, as well as the co-founders of ohne, a brand I respect and adore, to offer a 3-month Accelerator Program tailored to the needs of each entrepreneur. We will select 6 entreprenursinitially, and upon completion of the Program, will award a £3,000 grant each.
We know that we have a long way to go, but we wanted to make sure we are doing something real to make an impact to individuals in the BAME community.
We are here to listen, learn and take action.
Connie, Founder & CEO @ A&M