The History of Islamic Businesses in the UK

Islamic businesses have a long-standing history in the UK. It is thought that the first Muslims arrived in the country at least 300 years ago, although it is only within the 50-70 years that migration started to take place on a much larger scale. Here, we will take a look at some Islamic businesses in the UK and how they have changed over years.

The Halal meat industry is one of the biggest Islamic businesses in the United Kingdom. It is worth almost £1 billion, and employs many people. There are thought to be around 2.7 million Muslims living in the UK, so Islamic businesses are very important for the lifestyles of many people.

Islamic schools in the UK are also essential for providing an education for the next generation of Muslims in the country. They have excellent pass rates at all levels, from primary to GCSE. There are also many Muslim councillors and MPs, and some have also served as mayors of cities around the country.

There are loads of other industries which employ many Muslims, and in authoritative positions. The NHS employs a high number of Muslims in various positions, who provide an essential and valuable service to those of all religions. Law is another area which employs many Muslims, and some have also set up their own law firms and gone on to have great success. Police forces also employ Muslims in senior positions, and there are even well-known news readers who are Muslim.

Small, family run businesses are also very common amongst Muslim families. Parents encourage their children to take over the running of the business as they get older, to continue providing a service to other citizens, both Muslims and not. Almost everyone has visited such as business at some point, whether it’s a corner shop or a takeaway restaurant.

A more recent development in Islamic businesses in the UK is the growing number of specialists in Islamic Gifts. There are stores and websites dedicated to selling a range of religious gifts, including Eid gift boxes and well-presented headscarves. This is a fast-growing area which is likely to increase in popularity with future generations.

There are loads of other start-ups which have been popular with the Islamic community. Fashion which respects Muslim women’s’ wish to cover their body and Halal food start-ups are experiencing a lot of success right now.

Top online influencers

Have you ever thought it is possible to earn money just from your Instagram followers?  Social media influencers are now considered to be one of the most regarded business niche. Forbes has started publishing lists and interviews of online content creators to figure out how you can make a living on social media. 


YouTube has grown into a go-to platform for people to watch entertaining content daily! Creators such as Logan Paul and Casey Neistat are now considered as celebrities. Companies approach them, people on the street want to take pictures of them and with them. However, not many of us consider them as very successful business owners. They market their businesses on their image and that is genius. If you are thinking of becoming an online influencer market yourself on your image or on a specific set of skills or show people that you are specifically intelligent in your own individual way.  

Another big platform is Instagram. This is a favourite of mine since anyone can become an instagrammer. Anyone can create beautiful pictures with their phones and then just post it. It is also important to engage with your followers via comments, messaging and liking pictures. What I would recommend if you are a beginner to post inspirational posts! Maybe you have been going through something and overcame it? Weight loss before and after? Are you particularly good at something? Making unique recipes? 

My favourite influencer is Amanda Cerny. She has 18.2 Million followers on Instagram and is a goofy and relatable girl. She owns a business and recently started a campaign to help people after a natural disaster in Puerto Rico. Wouldn’t you want to follow a life of such an inspirational girl? 

This was my take on the ever expanding online social media popularity. Decide on what you want to achieve and I am sure you can do that using social platforms.