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GBA Annual General Meeting

Held on 17 October 2012

New Board elected

Chair:Jean-Francois Dor jean-françois dor event managememnt

Vice-Chair: Ian Dodds ian dodds consulting

Treasurer: Laurie Powell gilroy and brookes accountants

Board member: Mazz Image mazz image photography

Director and co-ordinator: Stephen Coote gay to z directory

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More emphasis on business referrals for GBA member

In general there had been a decline in the perceived need for a campaigning group, but there was still a need to focus on getting more business for members. With this in mind the GBA had:

  • begun adding banner adverts for GBA members on the web site and newsletter
  • started to plan more promotional and training events on member’s premises
  • worked with GPN on monthly networking meetings.

During the year meetings were held with relevant groups, including the Consortium of Voluntary LGBT Organisations, Pride House, and the organizers of a proposed new Pride London group.  All were facing problems of funding and sponsorship.

Over 800 LGBT owned businesses had applied for London 2012 contracts: 24% had been sucessul, and 6.5% had won contracts already - an above average success rate

Lord Browne raises the LGBT issue in the boardroom*

In an interview for BBC Radio's Today programme in May 2012, Lord Browne, former CEO of BP, called for a four-point code to guide business leaders. These were to:

- demonstrate that you are doing certain things to show you are being inclusive

- don't do things that are purposely putting people off

- make sure role models are known

- and do it in such a way that it doesn't feel so precious and fragile that is it simply being politically correct.

Stephen Coote, director of the Gay Business Association commented:

"While there has been huge progress in the UK, around the world there is still severe discrimination against lesbian and gay employees. The Gay Business Association welcomes the efforts of international companies to share best practice in employment policies in parts of the world where gay people can be in fear of their lives.

"In the UK we are encouraged by the success of LGBT staff groups which have helped to change attitudes and highlight discrimination. And GBA members have benefited from working with the organisers of London 2012, who have actively encouraged minority-owned firms to apply for contracts to supply the Olympics.

"However, there is still work to be done in winning the hearts and minds of all management.

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