Connexin partner up with UKBlackTech to support and help increase diversity in tech within the Yorkshire region

Connexin have today announced a brand-new partnership with UKBlackTech to support and help increase diversity in tech within the Yorkshire region.

The partnership demonstrates Connexin’s commitment to increase and maintain representation not only within the business but also in the wider Yorkshire area by increasing the awareness of diversity in tech and providing opportunities to talent in the region.

Working alongside Phil Benson, a founding member and area leader for the North, the partnership aims to support UKBlackTech in setting up a base in the North and encouraging regional organisations to come together to solve organisational, institutional, and economic problems through a diverse network of professionals.

UKBlackTech is an innovation group that is on a mission to make the UK the most ethnically diverse tech ecosystem in the world and aim to solve the world’s biggest problems through representation which will increase innovation and improve the outcomes for transformation.

As a research-based organisation, UKBlackTech work to create valuable information for organisations to help them bring new ideas and narrative into their conversations that can often be overlooked to help promote and support the UK in being the foremost leader in tech through thought leadership and tackling problems in society through a diverse lens.

The partnership not only aims to benefit regional businesses but also local talent through educational partnerships and programmes to provide opportunities in the tech sector and nurture local talent.

Upon the announcement, Phil Benson, Co-Founder & North area leader for UKBlackTech said:

“We’re delighted to partner with Connexin here in the North. As a leader in the tech space and as an organisation that is championing diversity and innovation, they are the perfect partner for us and we’re excited to be working with them going forward.

It’s important to highlight that diversity for businesses isn’t just about ticking a box or meeting a quota, it’s about recognising that if you’re providing or creating products and services and don’t have the right people in that process you are going to be behind the curve and left behind.

By recognising that we have diverse communities and better understanding their differing needs and requirements allows businesses to innovate more productively and gain competitive advantage against those that don’t.”

Furqan Alamgir, Founder & CEO of Connexin and winner in the Digital & Technology Category as part of the Inaugural Northern Asian Powerlist 2020 said:

“At Connexin we stand for inclusivity and developing local talent here in Yorkshire. This partnership opens up the opportunity to further collaborate with other thought leaders in the area and drive further conversations around diversity and innovation to better tackle societal challenges.

With a diverse team here at Connexin we know and have experienced first-hand the value of having internal stakeholders from different backgrounds and by engaging more organisations in this way of thinking it can only benefit the region and create further opportunities in tech to local talent, whatever their background.

Inclusivity and diversity are well linked to innovation and creativity. As an organisation driven by these traits, we’re looking forward to working with the UKBlackTech team and bringing such opportunities to our region”

If you are a student and interested in any opportunities you can get in touch with us via the Connexin Careers section here. We’re always looking to speak to students or PhD candidates who are looking for opportunities in tech.

Further information on the partnership and how we’re supporting organisations in the region will be communicated later this year, however, for more information on how you can get involved with UKBlackTech you can email [email protected] or Phil Benson directly at [email protected]. You can also visit their website and follow their social channels @UKBlackTech to keep up with the latest news and updates.