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Launch of new initiative to promote fairness and equal opportunities in Manchester

It is designed to raise around £2m to support charities affected by revelations following the President’s Club Dinner scandal. Photo: PA

An initiative created to raise funds to improve equality of opportunity across the investment and savings industry, says its next gala dinner has been endorsed by the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham.

The Diverse City Manchester dinner is one of five events taking place across the UK.

It is designed to raise around £2m to support charities affected by revelations following the President’s Club Dinner scandal.

The gala dinner will take place on 10 October at the Lowry Theatre in Salford.

The raised funds will support the Social Mobility Foundation and other charities helping create greater access to careers across the savings and investment industry.

The Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, said:

The scandal of the Presidents Club revealed just how dangerously outdated some attitudes still are. But, thankfully, we also have positive initiatives like the Diversity Project and Diverse City, which help to restore our faith in business, and demonstrate how important it is to have industry leaders willing to lead by example and change things for the better.

– Andy Burnham
Andy Burnham says Diverse City Manchester helps restore faith in business. Credit: PA

"It’s fitting the Diverse City gala dinner is taking place in Greater Manchester because our vision is to make this a place where all voices are heard and where, working together, we can all play a part in shaping our future. For example, we’re drawing up a Good Employer Charter, working with local employers so that our residents receive fair pay, have access to high quality secure jobs, and are given the opportunity to reach their full potential regardless of their background.”

Helena Morrissey DBE, Chair of the Diversity Project, commented:

We’re delighted to be coming to Manchester – one of the most influential financial centres in the UK, and welcome Andy Burnham’s support of the cause. It is great to see cities like Manchester leading the way in promoting fairness and equal opportunities.”

– Helena Morrissey DBE