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LetteR 3 Lee Jasper’s Letter Dear Editor Engage Magazine I was very pleased to be asked to contribute the foreword to this unique magazine whose prime focus is to raise awareness of procurement opportunities for minority-owned enterprises in the UK. I too, believe that supplier diversity as an issue is crucial to the further success of our economy today. Diversity is what makes our country unique and our diversity is a vital source of our strength, creativity and innovation. However, we must continue to find ways of making sure that everyone is given a fair and equal consideration in contracting. We must remember that the celebration of diversity is what won us the Olympic games and I am convinced that if Black and minority ethnic businesses take up the challenge to raise their game, in the next ten years we will have created more successful ethnic minority companies in this country than at any other time in our history. I wish engage every success and look forward to following its progress. Yours sincerely Lee Jasper Director of Equality & Policing Greater London Authority ISSUE THREE 2007 engage | uk