The London Stock Exchange Group welcomed Diversity UK on Monday 11th June 2018 to mark its contribution to improving equality and inclusion in Britain.
The date coincided with the launch of London Tech Week 2018 and the 171st birthday of women’s rights campaigner, Millicent Fawcett. Diversity UK members and guests were welcomed by Nikhil Rathi, CEO of the London Stock Exchange Group and senior colleagues from the organisation’s diversity and inclusion team. Lord Gadhia, who was a judge for Diversity UK’s Top 100 Asian Stars in UK Tech 2018 list, gave the keynote address emphasising the importance of diversity and inclusion for Britain.
“If a small minority of innovative companies hold the key to job creation and prosperity, policy makers can intervene to ensure highly effective strategies,” Lord Gadhia said, “London is the startup capital of Europe; we create 11,000 businesses a week and have attracted £5bn in venture capital funding in recent years which is more than Berlin, Paris and Stockholm combined. But it’s clear that we most focus on company growth as well as company formation. The UK’s international trade in digital services has been growing at over 20% and is worth £39bn so it is important to celebrate Britain’s vibrant startup ecosystem”.