CRE urges SMEs to tackle race and benefit bottom line

The
Commission for Racial Equality (CRE) has warned small- and medium-sized
enterprises (SMEs) that failing to implement race relations legislation will
have a negative impact on their business.

Addressing
the annual Federation of Small Businesses conference in Blackpool, CRE chairman
Trevor Phillips said: "We recognise that smaller businesses face
particular challenges, especially in the form of limited resources and time
pressures.

"We
understand that, despite good intentions, racial equality often comes a long
way down the list of priorities for smaller businesses. But the last thing any
of us want is for you to fall foul of the Race Relations Act and be subjected
to costly legal proceedings," he said

Phillips
went on to announce a new CRE guide, sponsored by HSBC bank and the Post
Office, to help smaller businesses weed out racial discrimination and promote
equality of opportunity. 

The
CD-Rom can be downloaded from www.cre.gov.uk/smallbusiness

By Mike Berry

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