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Supporting Equality in Small Businesses

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Stonewall, a leading gay and lesbian charity, has launched its first guide advising small businesses how to become more gay-friendly. Gay People, Your Business provides key advice and information on supporting gay and lesbian staff and gaining access to the ‘pink pound’, the spending power of gay people in Britain currently valued at £70bn a year.


Supporting the guide Meg Munn, said:


‘Because 97% of all businesses employ fewer than 20 people, the need to make them aware of employment protection relating to sexual relations is vital. The design of this guide means it can be read within 15 minutes, making it accessible to millions of small businesses who may not understand or do not have time to translate legal jargon.’


Fifty thousand copies of Gay People, Your Business have been produced; half will be distributed through the Federation of Small Businesses. Copies can also be downloaded from Stonewall’s website: www.stonewall.org.uk/work


Britain’s 1.7 million lesbian and gay workers have enjoyed legal protection against discrimination since December 2003. However, not all employers know this and some consequently risk employment tribunal claims. Small and medium-sized enterprises account for almost 60% of UK employment.

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