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Department of Trade and Industry


The Forum exists to advise Ministers on the right help and advice black and minority ethnic (BME) businesses need for growth and success. Ethnic communities make up 5.5% of our nation. Entrepreneurs from these communities have founded some of the most dynamic and innovative companies trading today.

The Ethnic Minority Business Forum strengthens the Government dialogue with ethnic minority business communities. It’s a sounding board at the heart of government for BME interests, needs and problems, helping the DTI and other parts of Government to tailor their policies and support to ensure more BME businesses succeed and grow.

The Forum also works with the Small Business Service and their network of Business Links across England to help them identify and address the needs of entrepreneurs in BME communities.


Forum “Share and Succeed” Conference

24 June 2003 at the Institute of Directors, London 


1st row from left to right

Catherine Wormald, Director of Operations Business Link West Yorkshire

Ms Yvonne Thompson, Chair of the Forum, Jacqui Henderson, Executive Director, Learning & Skills Council London Central

2nd row from left to right

Jody Chatterjee, Senior Business Retention Manager, London Development Agency, Ashad Javad, Co-ordinator Asian Trades Link, Stephen Pegge, Head External Communications, Business Banking Lloyds TSB

3rd row

Vernon Barrett, Head Knowledge Centre on Black and Ethnic Minority Businesses, Business Link for London


The full membership of the Forum is: Ms Yvonne Thompson (Chair); Mr Numan Azmi, Mr Michael Davis-Bingham; Mr Niyazi Enver; Mr Leslie Fairclough; Dr Syed Haider Imam; Mr Mohammed Isap; Ms Maxine James; Mr Kam Kothia; Miss Mei Sim Lai; Ms Adeeba Malik; Ms Jaswin McDonald;  Mrs Rita Patel; Professor Monder Ram; Mr Athelston Sealey and Mr Askar Sheibani;

You can find out more about the Ethnic Minority Business Forum by visiting their website at or by contacting –

EMBF Secretariat
Small Business Service,
Bay 663
Kingsgate House,
66-74 Victoria Street
London SW1E 6SW

Tel 020 7215 8532
Fax 020 7215 8111