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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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Do it Now Now is pleased to announce that our CEO, Bayo Adelaja has been appointed as a Trustee at Cancer Research UK, joining a distinguished governing council at the world’s leading cancer charity. As part of her role, Bayo will work with the charity’s governing council to monitor the delivery of Cancer Research UK’s objectives, uphold its values and governance guide and support the Chief Executive and Senior Management Team in achieving the charity’s vision and purpose.
Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, Chairman of Cancer Research UK, said: “I am delighted to welcome Bayo to our governing Council. Her extensive expertise in operational development and strategic planning, particularly around equality, diversity and inclusion, makes her a hugely valuable addition to the charity. I am excited at the prospect of working with her more closely.”
In addition to her new appointment as Trustee of Cancer Research UK, Bayo also sits on Access The Foundation for Social Investment’s Flexible Finance Investment Committee, and is a Trustee at Prince’s Trust International, Royal Voluntary Service and Centre for London.
Commenting on her appointment, Bayo said: “Like many, I have watched loved ones, young and old face this terrible disease firsthand. To play my part in supporting life-saving research to beat cancer is a privilege.
COVID has brought unprecedented challenges that require new thinking. Through my experience of technological disruption, developing innovative collaborations and business models, I hope to help Cancer Research UK adapt to the changed world and find new opportunities for growth.”
Cancer Research UK’s pioneering work into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer has helped save millions of lives. The charity has been at the heart of the progress that has already seen survival in the UK double in the last 40 years.
All Trustee roles at Cancer Research UK are unremunerated.
The charity announced Bayo’s appointment late last week - please click here to read the full announcement. We are really thrilled for Bayo and know she will be a great addition to the organisation.
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Announcing our new factsheet: employment trends, income and civic participation of the UK’s Black population
Our recent research highlighted the social and economic factors that drove the creation of Black-led organisations in Britain. The social, political and economic forces that shape the experiences of these community organisations provides a body of insights that cannot be ignored, and we are excited to unveil a factsheet summing up our key findings.
Our factsheet contains data on employment trends, income, education and how civic participation uniquely impacts the Black community. These statistics help to illustrate the experiences familiar to Black-led organisations and their beneficiaries.
It is no simple feat to deliver impactful services while facing the same inequalities you are fighting against. It is our hope and aim to support these vital community groups as they work hard to remove these inequalities.
We hope these findings give you a better understanding of the complex backdrop of Black-led organisations and the communities they support. With deeper understanding of what is faced by the Black community, we can bring tangible change for some of the most underrepresented impact organisations in the UK.
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We’ve received £360K from Comic Relief to support Black impact organisations across the UK | Announcement
We are pleased to share that Do it Now Now is one of 10 social impact organisations awarded a share of a new £2.8million Comic Relief fund, created to support the critical services delivered by hundreds of smaller community groups across the UK.
Comic Relief, in collaboration with Barclays, The Clothworkers’ Foundation and the National Emergencies Trust pooled resources to set up The Global Majority Fund, dedicated to supporting the essential work being carried out by organisations led by, and in support of, people of colour within communities disproportionately affected by the pandemic.
The Global Majority Fund aims to help address these inequalities by targeting services for the most at risk communities and the latest chunk of funding brings the total to over £6million. We have been awarded £360,000 to fund Black-led organisations providing services to people that have been adversely affected by COVID - and statistically, our communities have borne the brunt of the pandemic’s impact in more ways than one.
Black-led organisations are facing a funding deficit that significantly affects the long term sustainability and impact of their work within the underserved communities they focus on. COVID forced us to reckon with the consequence of organisations dwindling away due to a lack of accessible finance - the impact has been a horror show. Through this Comic Relief funding, we are able to continue supporting Black-led organisations working in communities across the country.
As an intermediary partner, our fund enables us to give grants so that the numerous social impact organisations serving their communities can continue to develop and thrive. We will shortly be opening our funding call and full details of how applicants can apply to get a share of the fund.
View the official press release from Comic Relief.