Banks launch race study

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AN INVESTIGATION into how banks treat ethnic minority customers is being launched by the British Bankers Association.

Sir Herman Ouseley, chairman of the Commission for Racial Equality which is backing the study said: "The commission has been concerned about the difficulties experienced by ethnic minority businesses in accessing financial and business support."

Eric Leenders, a small business consultant at NatWest and a member of the BBA steering committee said: "This is not just altruism. One in 10 new business start-ups are made by ethnic minority entrepreneurs."

Stephen Byers, the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry said: "I am sure that it will prove valuable to help the DTI put in place policies to overcome barriers that ethnic minority businesses face."