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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

Our industry includes professionals from the following sectors:

  • Property
  • Planning
  • House building
  • Construction
  • Real Estate investors
  • Architecture
  • Infrastructure development
  • Property lawyers
  • Politicians
  • Communications

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.

BAME VIPs

Some of the most important stakeholders in our industry are from ethnic minorities and there are fantastic opportunities to engage with them:

  • Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government
  • 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.

BAME in Property launch event
Thursday 22nd March 2018

“If the role of planning is to deliver diverse and inclusive communities, it is ironic that the profession itself is not equally so.”

These were words by Priya Shah, Founder of BAME in Property, at the official launch event on Thursday 22 March. The event was a chance to formally introduce the group, talk about its aims moving forward and for people to network and build their connections.

Turnout at the event was fantastic and we are excited to see this group develop over the coming months, with more people getting involved and thinking about ways to make property and planning more inclusive.

Special thanks to keynotes by CJ Obi from Osborne Richardson and Jerome Williams from Homes England, for their insights into diversity and inclusion.

Thank you becg, Osborne Richardson and K&L Gates for sponsoring the event.

Read more about the event over here.

*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.

If you would like to find out more about becoming a sponsor or how your company can get involved, please email our team at:

bameinproperty@gmail.com

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