Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Leicester Mercury | Time to tap into this county's diverse talent

When it comes to awarding contracts, businesses take all manner of things into consideration, including price, quality of the product, and customer relations. But what about ethnicity?

There is a target set by Government for 25 per cent of all public sector contracts to go out to small and medium-sized firms such as Texane, but there is currently no emphasis on ensuring these targets are inclusive to black and minority ethnic (BME) firms. I believe there should be.

BME businesses are successful drivers for our economy. The Government should be making sure they get a fair slice of the public sector pie.

While many start-ups fail, 70 per cent of BME businesses are still here after five years, and they grow 20 per cent faster than other small firms.

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