London Stock Exchange Group welcomes Diversity UK

London Stock Exchange Group welcomed Diversity UK on Monday 11th June 2018 to mark its contribution to improving equality and inclusion in Britain.

Diversity UK is a think tank to research, advocate and promote ideas for improving diversity and inclusion in Britain. It seeks to influence social policy, enhance civic engagement and improve the perception of the minority ethnic community in Britain by undertaking research, facilitating debates, hosting roundtable meetings and producing discussion papers.

Diversity UK is a not-for-profit organisation run by Dilip Joshi MBE, Chair; Rita Hunt, Trustee and Lopa Patel MBE, Founder & CEO, and reaches more than 1500 senior UK BAME professionals. Diversity UK has a wide diversity outlook encompassing gender, race, age, sexual orientation, disability and class and it continues to scrutinise public appointments, workplace diversity, age discrimination and race relations in the UK.

With the support of KPMG and the Ethnic Minority Foundation, Diversity UK launched the Top 100 Asian Stars in UK Tech list four years ago. The annual list has become a platform to showcase Asian entrepreneurs and forms a springboard for many startups onto the next phase of their growth journey. In 2016, the organisation participated in a Diversity Tech Summit and in 2017, HRH The Duke of York presented the Chairman's Award. The Duke formed the Pitch at Palace competition to help tech businesses scale-up globally and Diversity UK encourages startups from its list to enter the competition. In 2018, Diversity UK highlighted its support for the Queen's Awards for Enterprise in the Innovation category.

Founder & CEO, Lopa Patel MBE said;
"Diversity UK continues to champion the tech sector and women's entrepreneurship by forming an ecosystem to highlight excellence in creativity and innovation in science, technology and business. The Top 100 Asian Stars in UK Tech list continues to have an above average 28% representation of leading women across all categories. Our tech showcases, panel debates and speaker events reach out to BAME communities throughout Britain and internationally and reach younger audiences too."

Diversity UK also marks race relations with the annual Paul Stephenson Lecture held in November each year. Dr Paul Stephenson OBE, the Bristol based British civil rights campaigner whose work led to the the Race Relations Act of 1965, accepted a lifetime achievement award at the inaugural lecture.

Dilip Joshi MBE, Chair of Diversity UK said;
"In the world that we live in, the Paul Stephenson lecture represents a civil discourse that is necessary to ensure that we remember those who have made a difference to society in the past and showcase those who will make a difference in the future. Diversity UK is an organisation that operates at the confluence of community and business and we are grateful to London Stock Exchange Group for marking the unique contribution it makes to Britain."