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."Reuse content