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We are delighted to announce that we have accepted an invitation onto the London & Partners Mayor’s International Business Programme (MIBP), supported by the Mayor of London. The programme champions London-based scale-ups in their efforts to expand internationally by providing access to mentorship, expert advice, virtual trade missions, focused e-workshops and events, as well as introductions to potential new business partners.
Dhaval Gore, Head of the Mayor’s International Business Programme at London & Partners, said: “I am delighted to welcome Do it Now Now to the Mayor’s International Business Programme (MIBP). To date, the MIBP has helped more than 1000 high-growth London companies win business in international markets, creating more than 1700 jobs for the global economy. We are extremely proud to be shining a light on what London’s fastest-growing businesses have to offer overseas.”
Commenting on Do it Now Now’s inclusion, our CEO, Bayo Adelaja said: “I’m excited to be taking part in this prestigious programme and for the opportunity to collaborate and share knowledge with some amazing business leaders over the next 12 months. Do it Now Now has experienced tremendous growth in the last year and our team has been proud to deliver critical services to Black-led organisations working hard to support their communities. We hope our participation in the Mayor’s International Business Programme will facilitate our organisation's further growth and capacity to deliver greater impact.”
The MIBP welcomes a new cohort every quarter, with notable alumni including companies such as Monzo, Revolut, Elvie and Bloom & Wild. Do it Now Now will have its first opportunity to meet fellow cohort members, programme partners and mentors at the MIBP’s virtual Cohort 20 Launch Week starting on Monday 12 July. Part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the MIBP is supported by five lead partners: Ciklum, Globalization Partners, Microsoft, Taylor Wessing and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.
For more information about the free, 12-month programme and how it supports London businesses, visit: bit.ly/aboutmibp
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In this spotlight article we are shining a light on Common Call grantee, Equality 4 Black Nurses.
Many Black and Ethnic Minority nurses have long experienced racism and discrimination in their work, with conversations of their experiences typically shared in private. In 2019 it was reported that 17 per cent of nurses experienced workplace discrimination and racism, from their manager, team leader and sometimes colleagues. This percentage rose by 1.3 per cent from the previous year and has been on the rise every year (WRES 2019 & 2020 report).
As infection rates of COVID climbed throughout 2020, along with the rapid rate at which people were being hospitalised, many nurses stepped forward to help contain the virus. From student nurses being drafted in early to assist as well as retired nurses, numerous heroic healthcare professionals put their own lives at risk in order to save the hundreds of thousands of lives endangered by this little understood virus. Shockingly, many of these selfless professionals were on the receiving end of vile racist abuse from patients and internal discrimination, while risking their lives on the frontline.
Within the wider nursing community there has a been an overwhelming response to the racism and discrimination experienced by nurses prior to and during the pandemic, with many completely fed up with their treatment. In response to this maltreatment, as well as the George Floyd murder and the subsequent Black Lives Matter movement, Neomi Bennett set up Equality 4 Black Nurses. The registered Nurse Practitioner founded the organisation in 2020 to ‘bring about positive change by lobbying employers and government to reduce and eradicate racial discrimination in the healthcare sector.’
Neomi tells us: “Although there are equality, diversity and inclusion measures in place within the NHS to protect nurses and patients from racism, unfortunately it seems that those people who are in charge of NHS departments lack the knowledge, expertise and insight to recognise what racism is and its impact on the individual.
Equality 4 Black Nurses has discovered the uncomfortable truth that “racism within the NHS has become embedded within the organisation’s culture and normalized so much that racist behaviours such as microaggressions, gaslighting and bullying has become part of the British healthcare institution.”
The percentage of nurses who have experienced racism and discrimination while caring for the sick during the pandemic has yet to be officially documented, but individual experiences are being reported constantly via social media and through anecdotes told in group chats. One such example is that of the daughter of a nurse, who two months ago tweeted a screengrab of racialized language used by a hiring practice nurse towards her mother. The tweet has been liked over 51 thousand times and has generated thousands of comments of support for her mum, as well as people with their own stories on how racism in the NHS has impacted their own lives. One student nurse tells of her experiences of racism from not just patients but also her lecturers.
Commenting on the incident, Neomi says: “We need accountability, and we would like to see the nurse who was responsible for the written content to be struck off the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) register and for her employers to sack her without notice for gross misconduct. They pose a risk to Black patients and in a nursing environment this could prove fatal, as their actions could be the difference between life and death for a Black patient. The measures the NHS needs to employ to protect Black nurses is to allow Equality 4 Black Nurses to deliver our tailored training package, which considers unconscious bias, microaggressions, cultural awareness and Black nurses lived experiences.”
The support that nurses such as Neomi and institutions like Equality 4 Black Nurses provide for their fellow professionals is vital, offering a safe space for nurses to share their experiences. It is essential that as a community we continue to support Black-led organisations which look after and care for those who take care of us. It is why we continue to support Black people with lived experience of key issues like this so that they can continue to tackle issues that shouldn’t be part of their working lives.
We are proud funders of Equality 4 Black Nurses and we look forward to the deeply rooted impact they will accomplish in the years to come.
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Yesterday, after the England Euro 2021 loss, Bukayo Saka, a 19 year old player, was digitally flooded with racially motivated threats in the comment sections of his social media posts. Much worse has likely found its way into his direct messages. His fellow players Raheem Sterling, Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford have also been hit with volatile racist diatribe. We stand with Bukayo, Raheem, Jadon and Marcus.
Local councils across the country have issued alerts about their fears over increased rates of domestic violence correlating with the times of the England matches, with abuse surging by 38% when England lost in previous world cups. Similar surges have been occurring year-on-year with regards to football related racist abuse online and physical attacks in England rising by 50% last year.
We also stand with the people across the country affected by the violence displayed online or in their homes over the past 24 hours. We all deserve better.
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Do it Now Now has enjoyed a long working partnership with the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, having received our first grant from their Ideas and Pioneers Fund in 2019. As such we are thrilled to now be responsible for the running of the support programme attached to the Ideas and Pioneers Fund.
The Paul Hamlyn Foundation Ideas and Pioneers Fund provides grants of up to £15,000 to support people with a vision of a better society to explore their ideas for change. Paul Hamlyn Foundation believes there is an urgent need to support people who are most affected by systemic oppression and or discrimination. Predominantly, “Black, Asian and other groups who experience racism, deaf, disabled and neurodiverse people who experience the effects of ableism, those who identify as sitting at the intersections of several minoritized identities as well as people experiencing poverty.”
Phase one of this enterprise support delivery contract, that will be responsible for training 40 grantees each year, was a detailed research project. We interviewed current and former grantees of the fund as well as held focus groups with potential grantees and others currently engaged in the grant process with Paul Hamlyn Foundation. Through this process we worked to understand the grantees and their development needs, being mindful of both developing the individual and their ideas. We worked to distill the biggest challenges facing grantees, such as understanding and having confidence to run their organisations from a lived experience background as well as understanding how to access funding or revenue options, so that their journey as pioneers will lead to making the changes they want to see in the world.
Commenting on why we were chosen to develop and deliver this programme of enterprise support, Jake Leeper, Grants Manager at Paul Hamlyn Foundation said: "Do it Now Now was built by an ambitious team that are determined to make change. This is exactly the ethos of the Ideas and Pioneers Fund, and is central to why we wanted to work with them. They don’t just talk the talk but have walked the walk, and we know that these experiences will be invaluable while they support our grantees. We hope our grantees will benefit from the breadth and depth of the sessions, which DINN have tailored to the needs of the Fund. We can’t wait to get started, and I know everyone at DINN feels exactly the same."
Over the next year, we’ll be providing a number of workshops on core skills, delivering specialist one on one advice sessions, training workshops and creating an online community for grantees to access and connect with their peers.
We are excited to be part of Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s ongoing mission to create a society where the disempowered are supported to bring their visions for a better world to life.
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