The ethnic population in the UK is 4.6 million. Almost 50% of all UK ethnic minorities live in the Greater London area. Minority groups make up 28.8% of London's population, they are Asian - 12.2%, and Afro-Caribbean - 10.1%. The great impact of the ethnic minority to London's economy has only begun to be recognized in recent years. Currently, there are about 250,000 ethnic enterprises in the country, and they contribute 13 billion pound sterling a year to the economy. The result of the given economical miracle is obvious. With the explosion of immigrants arriving in the UK, there was a job shortage and the consequence has been a constantly increasing number of the so-called ethnic shops, who seek to serve other members of that same group. Many of the ethnic shops sell groceries and clothes, but there are also an unbelievable number of hairdressers, cosmetics, media, restaurants and catering services. These extensive ethnic shops offer high-quality service for their customers as well as a wide range of originally made goods. As we have already mentioned, the most popular are the ethnic groceries stores, and probably the restaurants. The popularity is observed not only within the immigrants, but also among those who are UK born and bred. This extraordinary popularity can only be explained by taking into consideration the facts concerning a specific range of goods. First of all, there is an increasing number of immigrants who started their business of ethnic shops, or other kinds of trade, in areas of products or services that are largely ignored by the mainstream retail outlets. One more reason for their incredible popularity is that people nowadays travel more and have become aware of international cuisines, and thus want to have some of these products available at home, too. We can also mention such facts that the trends in the sphere of fashion have a great influence on people's minds and tastes. Right now, the Asian style of clothes is very popular, and this makes the average annual turnover of clothes quite high. Ethnic products are extensively advertised in different online ethnic shopping magazines such as: www.amazon.co.uk (Books on Ethnic Food),
www.goldcoast-arts.com (African Ethnic Musical Instruments),
www.the-wholesaler.co.uk (Ethnic products directory of UK wholesale suppliers),
www.xingxingmiao.com (Xing Xing Miao - ethnic goods from SW China),
www.iansnow.co.uk (Ian Snow - Interior Crafts & Clothing),
www.worldcatlibraries.org (Public goods and ethnic divisions),
www.worldwide-imports.co.uk (Worldwide Imports Index Smoking accessories and Ethnic Goods),
econ.lse.ac.uk (Ethnic Divisions, Social Capital and Public Goods in East Africa),
www.thewholesaler.co.uk (Ethnic Products suppliers to the UK retail trade),
www.soukh.co.uk (Moroccan handicrafts from Soukh. Leading UK importers of traditional Moroccan ethnic goods), etc.
The quality of ethnic products as well as the moderate prices make these goods desired and in demand. They can perfectly decorate your apartment (works of art and craft) as well as bring you the modern and up-to-date look (jewelry and clothes). You will be greatly satisfied with the fabulous range of products and I'm sure that even a refined customer can find whatever he or she needs.