Pay discrimination on the grounds of ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation is costing the UK £127bn ever year – and it’s not just the employees that miss out.
Detailing his experience to Real Business, we heard from a creative industry founder, who has declared the space can be lonely for people of colour.
As we continue profiling entrepreneurs for Black History Month, one founder explains why he was forced to turn away a client who made an outrageous remark.
In addition to leading the business direction and strategy at his firm, Ed Macnair is keen to foster a solid culture too and brings with him lessons from an armed forces background, which shaped his way of thinking.
“I would love to see the day when we don’t need a Black History Month because we are all recognised for our contribution,” says Brenda Gabriel, who has witnessed both racism and sexism in her career.
As Black History Month ends, the final feature in our special series has seen us get feedback directly from the UK’s black entrepreneurs, who have shared their personal journeys.
When it comes to pay gaps, gender pay has filled the headlines over recent weeks, including the large discrepancies in pay seen at organisations such as the BBC.
These days, while diversity on boards is to be applauded, it’s a concept that needs to be approached with caution if you’re an SME – it could result in your team resembling a glove with six fingers.
Sandra Kerr OBE, race equality director at Business in the Community, highlights the furore around Idris Elba playing James Bond as an example of how unconscious racial bias can slip into recruitment.
First it was the police, then footballers and now the bankers; but can an industry accused of being purely interested in profit also discriminate when it comes to the ethnicity of account holders?
Tory leader David Cameron has drawn up proposals for a national mentoring programme to help thousands of aspiring black business people get into business.