Support Baddest Skateshop

As many of you may already know, our skateshop has faced a series of challenges, much like many small businesses in the UK. The increasing cost of living, combined with rising inflation has placed a strain on our loyal customers, who now have less to spare for their passion—skateboarding. Hardware prices have surged, making it even more difficult for our community to access quality gear. These challenges were further compounded by the ongoing burden of uncertainties of Brexit and COVID-19 lockdowns. 

This past year we have seen our income drop to a level where we can no longer survive with the resources we have available to us.

Our shop has been an integral part of our local community for nearly a decade. We've taken pride in being a focal point for local skaters and have organized countless free events. We've passionately supported important projects like Long Live South Bank and the restoration of Stockwell Skatepark. While we've experienced our fair share of highs and lows, the current situation has hit us particularly hard. We've been working hard to establish payment arrangements with our supportive distributors, yet managing taxes and rent has proven to be more challenging. Sadly, governmental assurances have not translated into greater leniency from these institutions when it comes to supporting small businesses.

However, we believe that, with the support of our loyal customers and the global skateboarding community, we can continue to thrive and evolve as more than just a shop—we aim to remain a hub for the skateboarding community, supporting small skater-owned brands and local skaters. To do so, we recently have registered a community interest company with the hope of supporting what we love to do most: support our community throught free event and by giving a platform to groups underrepresented in skateboarding. 

With your help we hope to secure the capital required to stock up the shop again, meet our rent obligations, and return to our long-held principle of maintaining a healthy business. At this point, it's between saving for rent, investing in stock and paying off our dedicated distributors.

We hope you believe in us and in the need to keep independent skate shops trading in South London. Throughout our journey, we've seen skate shops open their doors and, sadly, close them in South London. Today, we are the only ones standing.

Any donation, no matter how small or big, will be received with gratitude and we give you a promise that we will put your donations to good use to secure the future of Baddest.

Thank you for taking the time to read this, and for being an active part of our journey.