The network was formally established as the Black and Minority Ethnic Network (BMEN) and the first coordinator, Margo Moore, appointed. The Chair of the new network was Albert Grant from the Ipswich Caribbean Association. BMEN established links with the generic VCS network, COVER and the East of England Development Agency (EEDA) as well as with other BME regional networks. There was also support from the Commission for Racial Equality (CRE). BMEN was formally registered as a company limited by guarantee in August. The launch of the network was attended by over 80 people from across the region and from public and voluntary community sectors. The key achievement of BMEN was setting up its comprehensive database of contacts, including BME organisations, across the region. The objectives of all the regional networks was to:

  • Unlock funds for the sector
  • Advocate for the sector
  • Increase the effectiveness of the sector

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