Published on 24/11/2021
CREME
  • The Centre for Research in Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurship (CREME) will host the conference at Aston University and online
  • The Annual Ethnic Minority Business Conference is taking place on 1 December
  • This year’s event, sponsored by Lloyds Banking Group, looks at ‘New Directions in Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurship: Taking Stock and Looking Forward’.

The Centre for Research in Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurship (CREME) at Aston University is getting ready to host the Annual Ethnic Minority Business Conference as part of the conference’s 25th anniversary.

CRÈME provides expertise on business support for ethnic minority entrepreneurs and has transformed perceptions by working with business policymakers and influential organisations to engage collaboratively with overlooked or disregarded business communities.

Headed by Professor Monder Ram OBE, the centre has built up a reputation regionally, nationally and internationally for its pioneering research and business engagement activities to promote diversity and enterprise.

The hybrid event, which is sponsored by Lloyds Banking Group, will take place in-person at Aston Business School and online via Zoom on 1 December.

This year’s conference will be looking at New Directions in Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurship: Taking Stock and Looking Forward. It is at the forefront of debates and initiatives on ethnic minority entrepreneurship in the UK and connects policy-makers, academics and business owners from all backgrounds providing a valuable way to build communities dedicated to pursuing CREME’s mission to ‘make diversity and enterprise everyone’s business’.

Leading-edge research and practice on the challenges and ways forward for the UK’s ethnic minority entrepreneurs will be presented during the event with academics, business leaders and entrepreneurs sharing their insights and strategies on creating positive and supportive environment for ethnic minority businesses.

Speakers through the course of the day include Professor Monder Ram (director of CREME), Saskia Loer Hansen (Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Engagement)), Paul Scully MP (Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy), and Minister of State (London)) and Andy Street (Mayor of the West Midlands).

Professor Monder Ram, director of CREME, said:

“It is a huge achievement to be celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Annual Ethnic Minority Business Conference.

“The Mayor of the West Midlands, Andy Street, will open the Conference and the Small Firms Minister, Paul Scully, will close it. It is rare to have two such prominent figures at the same event.

“This Conference is at the forefront of debates and initiatives on ethnic minority entrepreneurship in the UK.

“It connects policy-makers, academics and business owners from all backgrounds; and provides a valuable platform to build communities dedicated to pursuing CREME’s mission to ‘make diversity and enterprise everyone’s business’. We’re grateful for Lloyd’s Banking Group’s steadfast support for the last 25 years.”

You can register to attend HERE.

Notes to Editors

About Aston University

Founded in 1895 and a University since 1966, Aston is a long established university led by its three main beneficiaries – students, business and the professions, and our region and society. Aston University is located in Birmingham and at the heart of a vibrant city and the campus houses all the university’s academic, social and accommodation facilities for our students. Professor Alec Cameron is the Vice-Chancellor & Chief Executive.

Aston University was named University of the Year 2020 by The Guardian and the University’s full time MBA programme has been ranked in the top 100 in the world in the Economist MBA 2021 ranking. The Aston MBA has been ranked 12th in the UK and 85th in the world.

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