I’m delighted to give my backing to the inaugural Black British Business Awards. This is a chance for us to recognise and celebrate the important contribution by black and ethnic minority entrepreneurs to driving Britain’s recovery.
I also hope these success stories will help inspire more people with an enterprising idea to get out there and start their own businesses. Despite the wealth of talent in Britain’s black and ethnic minority communities, it’s still the case that two out of every three FTSE 100 companies have an all-white board. That’s just not right. And I’m committed to doing all I can in Government to ensure that everyone in our country, whatever their background or circumstances, gets the opportunities they need to succeed.
So good luck to this year’s nominees and congratulations to the first Black British Business Award winners. Together, we can build the diverse, skilled and ambitious workforce Britain needs to thrive in the future.