BUSINESSMAN and Dragon’s Den panellist James Caan has called for more entrepreneurs to come forward – and create an extra 100,000 ethnic minority-run businesses in the UK.
Mr Caan made the appeal as he set out his vision at his first meeting as the new co-chairman of the Department for Business’s Ethnic Minority Task Force.
The businessman shares the role with Tom Riordan, chief executive of regional development agency Yorkshire Forward, which is the lead RDA helping to fund the task force’s work.
Mr Caan said: “It is more important than ever that we create an environment where anyone with ambition, passion and a good idea – no matter what their background – can succeed.
“Research has found that there are a great number of talented individuals who never move from ‘thinker’ to ‘doer’.
“I want the Ethnic Minority Task Force to enable them to make that jump and create extra 100,000 businesses.”
Mr Caan and Mr Riordan will present the Task Force’s recommendations to Business Secretary Lord Mandelson later in the year. The task force aims to foster growth among black and minority ethnic firms and boost economic participation by ethnic minority entrepreneurs.