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News - 24 July 2002

Business in Regeneration starts with Equal Opportunities

On 1 August key members of 13 business associations representing a range of small business sectors in Brighton and Hove will come together to sign up to an Equal Opportunities Policy. The group signing is the first in a series of initiatives created by the second Phase of Business in Regeneration (BiR), a project that is focussed on engaging the small business community in Regeneration issues.

Business in Regeneration is part funded by the Single Regeneration Budget and receives Match Funding from a number of private sponsors including Nat West Bank, Royal Bank of Scotland and the Brighton City Centre Business Forum. The project, which is being run by the Business Forum, aims to enable business associations to be more effective in representing their members. It will do this by providing skills and resources to raise standards of professionalism within the organisations and by offering guidance on how to approach the challenges of lobbying for change and raising funding for association initiatives.

Chair of The Brighton & Hove Regeneration Partnership, Peter Field will attend the meeting. Peter has been involved in community support and regeneration in Brighton & Hove for more than 25 years. He also chairs the Business Community Partnership and is keen to give his support to local business initiative such as this one.

Tony Mernagh, from the Brighton City Centre Business Forum and project director, says, "We are absolutely delighted by the positive response to this BiR initiative. These organisations are sending out an important message to the small business community in the City of Brighton & Hove. By signing up to an Equal Opportunities Policy these associations will not only set an excellent example but also improve their ability to help their members with issues relating to equal and fair business practice."

Associations attending the signing include: the Association of New Media Freelancers; Brighton City Centre Business Forum; Brighton & Hove Branch, Federation of Small Businesses; Brighton and Hove Chamber of Commerce; Brighton Illustrators' Group; Hotels Association; Hove Business Association; Kemp Town Village Business Association; North Laine Traders' Association; Rottingdean Trade, Business and Professional Association; St James's Action Group; Sussex Women's Alternative Network and The Lanes Traders' Association.


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