Bringing ethnicity to property
Who we are
BAME in Property is a group for BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnicities) and non-BAME professionals who are passionate about increasing ethnic diversity in the property and planning sectors.
Our aim is to support talented people of all backgrounds, encourage coming generations to venture into fulfilling careers, and inspire businesses to create a wave of positive change.
We will be hosting workshops and networking events for people in the property and planning sectors.
Help us spread the word.
What's the problem?
41% of London’s population is from a BAME background
1.2% of the Built Environment profession is BAME
Survey of 26 firms showed 90% of their workforce is white*
Our industry includes professionals from the following sectors:
- House building
- Real Estate investors
- Infrastructure development
- Property lawyers
Why diversity is important
Often when people see that a place of work or a sector is diverse it becomes a more attractive place to work.
People from similar backgrounds may gravitate to each other; engaging conversations start from similarities.
Some of the most important stakeholders in our industry are from ethnic minorities and there are fantastic opportunities to engage with them:
- Rishi Sunak, Minister for Local Government
- Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London
“My aim has and always will be about creating a more ethnically diverse industry.”
After reading that only 1.2% of the Built Environment sector was from a BAME background, and seeing that a networking group of its sort did not already exist, I decided to set up BAME in Property. I took inspiration from other sectors where similar groups had been set up and gained insight through conversations with people working in our sector.
Ultimately, my aim has and always will be about creating a more ethnically diverse industry as people naturally become more attracted to working in an industry that is more representative of themselves. I am excited to see this group develop over the next year.
“The property industry as a whole fails to be representative of the diverse society here in the UK.”
Prior to my current position as Business Development Executive within a Real Estate & Construction team, I worked at another insurance brokerage, gaining 9 years of experience dealing with all forms of insurances for individuals and businesses. Now working in the City of London, I have truly experienced why it is important
to address the requirement for diversity in our industry. The property industry as a whole fails to be representative of the diverse society here in the UK. Whilst many businesses are working towards attracting a representative pool of talent, I believe by building awareness we can encourage more businesses and individuals to think like this.
“Diversity is colourful and something we should not shy away from but embrace fully.”
Diversity in every profession is important, but for me diversity in law is especially important because it is necessary for the profession to reflect the society it represents. Law is becoming increasingly globalised, and so it is important to bring together different views and perspectives in order to cater for global client needs. Diversity is colourful and something we should not shy away from but embrace fully. I am proud to be involved in BAME in Property for that reason, and I am very excited about its growth potential.
“The lack of employment opportunities left me lost without much direction on which path I should take.”
Having studied Urban Planning followed by a Masters in Property Development shortly before a recession, the lack of employment opportunities left me lost without much direction on which path I should take. In addition, I didn’t feel there were many examples of people of a similar background to me, that I could speak with to see how they progressed within the industry. The BAME in Property network is exactly the kind of group required, for people to gain the support or mentorship on the best course of action to develop their career within the planning or property industry.
“I know BAME in Property is going to help balance out the shocking numbers.”
In The Building Centre, a place dedicated to innovation in the built environment, the lack of diversity is blatant. When I began working within this setting, this felt truly alarming. I jumped at the opportunity to help raise awareness for the cause. Considering that a myriad of students and young professionals visit the exhibitions and seminars
held here, we should set an example by welcoming talented individuals of all backgrounds. We need to create a comfortable environment for people to work and thrive in.
I know BAME in Property is going to help balance out the shocking numbers by organising influential networking and learning events.
“We believe that people perform better when they can be themselves."
We create an inclusive environment and believe that people perform better when they can be themselves. Our inclusion and diversity group ‘Embrace’ is working to shape our approach in this area and focus on matters which are most important to co-owners. BAME in property is such an important proactive group to share, learn and contribute to taking bigger steps and making a difference within our industry.
"Town planners should represent the people"
The promotion of diversity is important to me because town planners should represent the people they work for- in our profession that is the diverse people that make up the U.K
Property affects everyone and so everyone should be represented
I have worked as a property solicitor for over 5 years and in that time have seen first-hand that the property industry has a long way to go in order to be truly diverse. I am proud to be part of the solution to the lack of diversity in the industry by working for BAME in Property. I am hoping that by shedding light on the experiences of BAME professionals in the industry we can help employers think about how they can be more inclusive to their BAME employees as well as encourage a real difference in how the industry recruits and retains BAME talen
Knight Frank LLP and BAME in Property cordially invite you to “This is me”
In celebration of Black History Month (BHM), we are delighted to hold an important event that explores the challenges and opportunities experienced by the Windrush generation when they first arrived in the UK from the 1940s. These experiences have helped shape some of the topics which form part of diversity and inclusion today.
We will be joined by a speaker from the Windrush generation who will share their experiences of housing struggles, discrimination, as well as other barriers and opportunities to services when they first arrived here.
In keeping with Knight Frank’s current RD&I theme “This is me” they will share the culture’s celebration of music, art, community and societal changes.
We will also have a speaker from the present day who will share their thoughts on present-day housing issues and prospects affecting Black and other ethnic minority communities, while our third speaker will give some insights on how developers can engage better with these diverse communities.
There will be an opportunity for members of the audience to participate in the discussion by exploring the future of housing for minority communities, and how we can learn from the past to positively impact future generations.
Knight Frank are proud to host BAME in Property and sponsor this event.
We hope you can join us for what will be an engaging and insightful panel discussion.
We are delighted to confirm our first speaker with more to be announced in the coming weeks. Watch this space for the exciting announcement.
Patrick Vernon OBE, Windrush campaigner and social commentator
8.30: Arrival, informal networking and breakfast
9.00: Welcome note from James Simpson, Partner at Knight Frank and Head of Knight Frank’s Religion and Ethnicity Group
9.05: Priya Shah, Founder of BAME in Property
9.10: Panel event
9.40: Audience participation
*Speakers are subject to change. Please note that you must sign up to attend this event and names will be shared with Knight Frank before the event to enable you to pass security.
Please follow the link below for more information about the event and details of how to sign up for a ticket.
Photos from our first event
BAME in Property Tweets
*Full statistics: 13% of the UK’s population is from a BAME background, 41% of Londoners are from a BAME background (via TrustForLondon). In 2016, only 1.2% of the Built Environment profession was BAME. Out of the 43 firms that took part in the RICS and EY survey, 26 provided data on ethnicity. 23% of these respondents disclosed having a workforce of greater than 90% White/White British.
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