The Small Business Challenge – February edition 

Ahead of the unveiling of its brand-new mentorship scheme later this month, The Black Pounds Project present the Small Business Challenge – online, which seeks to raise awareness of Midlands based small businesses and encourage people to shop locally.

Many small businesses and recent start-ups across the region have been severely hit by COVID-19 and would greatly benefit from some exposure and encouragement during this difficult time. 

CJ Lloyd Webley, The Black Pounds Project founder and creator of the Small Business Challenge said, I believe it is imperative that we promote inclusion across the board and look to support the wider business eco-system wherever possible. There is no better time than now to create something practical which can help bring the community together and lift people’s spirits.”

So, what’s the Small Business challenge?

Every weekday throughout the month of February, participants will be sent an email containing a specific challenge. 

For example, Monday might be to find a small online business beginning with the letter ‘C’ and purchase an item from them. Tuesday might be to find a small local business and send them some words of encouragement.

In order for entries to qualify the small business must be midlands based, registered, and should not turnover more than £10 million annually. 

Cash prizes will be given to those who complete the most challenges throughout the month of February. The challenge will operate a points system and the leader board will be updated weekly via The Black Pounds Project website.

If you’d like to sign up, or find out more about the Small Business Challenge, full details are available here –