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56 NETWORKING SUPPORT Leaders of Tomorrow Promoting Excellence What a boost it would be to the BME community if even a quarter of this consumer spend was spent in the BME community each year. We at g.a.p (growing aspiring people) CIC (Community Interest Company) in partnership with our sister Company The Black Pound On Line.Com. and in support of Equanomics UK’s agenda believe that the time for talking about the mere potential for the Black Pound is over. g.a.p and The Black Pound On Line.Com believes in highlighting the success of black businesses, entrepreneurs and professionals in the UK. In June 2007, Tim Campbell - Winner of the Apprentice, WilfredEmmanuel Jones – The Black Farmer, Levi Roots – Winner of Dragons Den, Reggae Reggae Sauce and Alexander Amosu - Ringtone Millionaire, revealed the secrets of their business success. g.a.p networks vision is to Grow Aspiring People by promoting excellence, leadership and bringing business, education and financial success to the heart of the BME community We need to take action now! Our Mission: l To present the BME Leaders of today and develop the BME Leaders of tomorrow. To educate, inspire and cater for BME young people and senior citizens. To create opportunities for the BME community to develop and succeed in business, education and employment. To influence the BME community to utilise BME businesses to ensure sustainability & growth by using our BlackPoundOnLine. Com website to advertise their services and products and to gain the support of major corporations to have a strong Corporate Social Responsibility Programme. To encourage networking, capacity building and the sharing of information and best practice. l l l l Black & Minority Ethnic people in the UK represent a significant cultural consumer force with a combined disposable income of approximately £32 billion, according to research by the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising – source Blacknet.co.uk g.a.p. c.i.c. plans to continue promoting such events to increase the confidence of black consumers in the reliability and efficiency of BME business people and professions in the UK. By promoting such events g.a.p c.i.c and The Black Pound On Line.Com initiative hopes that BME consumers will be encouraged to help and uplift their own community thus enabling some of the more negative aspects of the BME community portrayed by the media to be displaced by positive success stores and showcasing positive BME role models for our burgeoning business community and BME youth. For more information please see our website www.gapnetwork.co.uk engage | uk ISSUE FIVE 2007