Business chiefs say their advice ignored in No 10’s race report

Business chiefs say their advice ignored in No 10’s race report

The Guardian

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Black and minority ethnic business leaders who contributed to the controversial government report on race have widely condemned its findings, saying their recommendations were ignored for containing “inconvenient truths”.

The working group on enterprise and employment, led by the British Business Bank, began meetings last September. In documents shared with the Observer, the group submitted 11 evidence-based recommendations over 14 pages, emphasising the need for greater access to capital for aspiring and existing minority ethnic entrepreneurs, embedded institutional support and mandatory reporting by employers on ethnic pay gaps.

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