New Employment Focus section looks at BAME issues in the workplace | AC Whyte 'very positive' about the future | Whisky glassware firm helps to protect skills

In the first in our new weekly Employment Focus section, we take a look at the issues facing black, Asian and minority ethnic people in the workplace that have led to renewed calls for mandatory ethnic pay gap reporting. The debate around the effectiveness of such a move follows the Governemnt's decision earlier this year, as the coronavirus pandemic took hold, to suspend rules forcing the UK's largest employers to disclose the disparities in the pay levels of their male and female employees.

In the Monday Interview, Kristy Dorsey talks to Jennifer Phin, managing director of family-owned contractor AC Whyte.

This was meant to have been a strong growth year for the Barrhead-based company, but following the lockdown that will knock about 30 per off of annual turnover, Ms Phin says break-even will be a “great” result for the current financial year. Yet she is far from downbeat about the the prospects for the firm, which generated £15.1 million in revenues in its last financial year. 

In Mark WIlliamson's SME focus, Karen Somerville of Angels' Share Glass explains how the business has allowed her to combine her love of whisky with her passion for design.

In Business Voices, Paul Sheering looks at the erosion of trust and goodwill between the UK and its largest trading partner following moves by the British Government to introduce the Internal Market Bill, which has sparked new fears about Brexit.

See Monday's Herald business section print and online editons for the full articles.

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Diary:

Monday September 21

Finals: Superdry.

Tuesday September 22

Interims: AG Barr, Kingfisher.

CBI Industrial Trends Survery.

Thursday September 24

Finals: DFS Furniture.

Interims: Pendragon.

Trading update: United Utilities.

Friday September 25

GFK Consumer Confidence.

CBI Distributive Trades Survey.

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