HRH The Prince of Wales paid tribute to the generosity and support for Mosaic, which he founded, of the Better Community Business Network in his video message to the 400 business guests attending their Business Networking and Charity Dinner held on Friday 14th September. The Dinner, which heard keynote speeches from Communities Minister Baroness Hanham CBE and Shadow Lord Chancellor and Justice Secretary Rt Hon Sadiq Khan MP, generated pledges of an incredible £175,000 for Mosaic and Muslim Youth Helpline..
Hosted by the BBC’s Mishal Husain and held at the prestigious Grosvenor Marriott Hotel on Park Lane, the dinner was attended by over 400 business leaders. As well as the keynote speeches, guests heard from Tariq Usmani, Chairman of the Better Community Business Network and CEO of Henley Homes plc, who spoke passionately about the Network’s mission to promote altruism and selflessness amongst the business community and to encourage the business fraternity to re-direct some of its energy, creativity and the vast skills base it possesses for the betterment of wider society.
Mosaic’s National Director, Jonathan Freeman, paid tribute to BCBN for organising such an inspirational event, commenting that “the Network really is testament to the very best that those in business and those in Muslim communities have to offer to society.”
In his speech, Jonathan also explained just why Mosaic’s work is so important: “Youth unemployment now stands at a tragic 1 million, but it is hitting those from ethnic minorities the hardest, with almost 50% unemployment amongst 16-24 year-olds. This isn’t because those from ethnic minorities haven’t got qualifications -significantly fewer British Muslims have no qualifications than the general population – or because they don’t continue their studies, because more British Muslims enter higher education than non-Muslims. But, still we see young people with huge talent unable to succeed. Our research shows clearly that these young people need role models, people who can inspire them and who can show them the way. These young people need the personal networks to open doors for them that are too often closed to them. This is where Mosaic comes in.”
Watch HRH The Prince of Wales’s video message to the guests: