EuropeanDiversityAwards_CJP6441The second annual European Diversity Awards was launched on Thursday in the Brussels European Parliament, sponsored by global brand Google and Royal Bank of Scotland.

BBC news presenter Jane Hill introduced guest speakers Michael Cashman MEP, Senior Policy Adviser at the Government Equalities Office and last year’s winner of the Campaigner of the Year Award, Barbara Lindsay, followed by Dana Trama-Zada, who represented the European Commission. Each speaker voiced the success of the awards in their first year, and reinforced that they have become vital in recognizing the good work done by many to promote equality amongst minority groups.

The speeches concluded when the key sponsors for the 2012 awards, Mark Palmer Edgecumbe, head of diversity at Google and the chief executive of corporate banking at Royal Bank of Scotland, Chris Sullivan took to the stage.

Guests included Coronation Streets’ Charlie Condou and Time Out’s Paul Burston. Linda Riley, managing director of Square Peg Media – organisers  of the event, said: “The first awards ceremony was an amazing event, this year we aim to build on the previous success. Grass root organisations and charities that support the various strands of diversity should be recognised, and this year we hope to offer more seats this year for the people who are making a difference.”

The European Diversity Awards will be taking place on Thursday 20 September. For more information about attending or sponsoring the event, visit europeandiversityawards.com

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