October 31, 2020

Leeds Indie Food extend community support, raising funds for their hospitality work and BLM Leeds

Leeds Indie Food have relaunched their popular ‘Support Your Local Indie Scene’ merchandise to help raise funds for Black Lives Matter Leeds. 

The independent food and drink festival, which postponed its annual two-week event in May following the Coronavirus outbreak, pivoted to become a business support network in March to offer advice and assistance to independent businesses in Leeds hit hard by the global pandemic.

Part of this support involved the launch of their Indie Directory, an ever-growing list of up to date information on how small businesses are adapting, from food deliveries and collections to click and collect groceries and cook at home packages: 

They have also been working alongside Leeds BID and Leeds City Council to support small businesses across Leeds and recently launched weekly Zoom calls to bring together independent business owners with local finance and HR specialists.

The relaunch of the ‘Support Your Local Indie Scene’ merchandise comes ahead of the Black Lives Matter Socially-Distanced Peaceful Demonstration taking place on Sunday 21st June in Hyde Park.

Merchandise is available to preorder until 2nd July, with 10% of all sales being donated to Black Lives Matter Leeds’ online fundraiser: www.gofundme.com/f/black-lives-matter-leeds

Simon Fogal, Leeds Indie Food, said: “From the start, Leeds Indie Food has always been about supporting independent businesses and bringing people together. We’ve had some important conversations this week, both as a team and in the Leeds community, and we can and must do better. As a white-owned Not For Profit food festival with a significant platform we’re in a great position to help create a positive, lasting impact and we’re taking the first steps by working to our strengths; facilitating collaboration and widening our support not just for business owners but the whole community.”