Ethnic minority event puts focus on big business

Up to 150 ethnic minority businesses and corporate firms are coming together to take part in a national event next month.

The Supplier Diversity Day event will take place at the King Power Stadium in Leicester on 7 July.

More than 60 buyers and senior corporate executives from companies such as Accenture, Capital One, Citi, Coca-Cola, Ernst & Young, Hewlett Packard, KPMG, Leicester City Council, Pitney Bowes, Enterprise Rent-A-Car and UKTI will attend the event.

Other firms taking part include Euro Packaging, Micro-Fresh, De Montfort University, Clifton Packaging, Contracts IT, Grange Hotels and Fortis Hosting.

The event organiser, Minority Supplier Diversity (MSD) UK, says it wants to highlight the importance of “inclusive procurement” across the supply chains of global corporations.

MSDUK currently has 38 corporate members and more than 300 ethnic minority businesses in its network.

Mayank Shah, CEO at MSDUK, said that since it was formed in 2006, MSDUK has helped ethnic minority businesses win an estimated £60m of contracts.

He said: “Without doubt, inclusive procurement practices are vital to a balanced regional economic growth.

“Not only does is support growth of SMEs including ethnic minority businesses across the country, but it also leads to job and wealth creation.

“This event is a fantastic showcase for what has been achieved especially from businesses in the UK and is a celebration of how EMBs and corporate firms are working together using the MSDUK network.”

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