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New black professional network launches tomorrow

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THE BLACK Training and Enterprise Group (BTEG) welcomes the launch by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, or RICS, of the first black, Asian or minority ethnic (BAME) network for built environment professionals.

BTEG, a London-based organisation with a UK-wide reach has been vocal in its support of this new group:

"It demonstrates a real commitment to increasing ethnic diversity in the profession where, currently, only 1% of qualified surveyors are from BAME backgrounds, well below the 13% BAME UK population," said a BTEG spokesperson.

The DiverseCity Surveyors Network was founded by Bola Abisogun FRICS (fellow of RICS), who is also the founder and CEO of UrbanIs construction and project management company. Abisogun will be the inaugural Chair of the DiverseCity Surveyors Network.

The RICS DiverseCity Surveyors’ launch event takes place tomorrow (October 24) and will feature speakers Egbert Perry, CEO of Integral Group, a property and community developer in the USA, who will make the keynote speech and Matthew Howell, UK Managing Director of the RICS.

The event will explore recruitment practices, workplace culture and workforce diversity policies for employers.

Perry says:

"A true understanding of the challenges facing BAME communities is a prerequisite to designing effective strategies to increase the real participation of BAME individuals in mainstream industries."

Jeremy Crook OBE, BTEG's Chief Executive added:

"I am delighted that the RICS leadership has seen the value of establishing a network for BAME built environment professionals.

"BTEG commends Bola Abisogun FRICS, the driving force behind the initiative. Bola is a volunteer role model on BTEG’s Routes2Sucess programme and the chair of the Moving on Up London Advisory Group, an employment initiative supporting young black men into work.

"The built environment is a key sector for the UK and London and we want to see BAME individuals aspiring to become, and succeed as chartered surveyors, architects, engineers and planners. The DiverseCity Surveyors Network will help to achieve this."

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