Vitesse Media PLC on Wednesday said it will launch twelve diversity events across the world to further address the gender imbalance in a number of industries.

The B2B information and events company said it will run additional events in Europe and Asia along with those planned in the UK and the US. This will be followed by diversity website launch, aimed to provide information regarding ongoing activities.

Vitesse said the diversity events series idea came after “Woman in IT USA” awards event launch in March. The company said it sees a growth in demand for the UK-based diversity event series.

The recent awards event, which took place in New York, welcomed 550 business and technology specialists to showcase the achievements and innovation of women in technology.

Chief Executive Simon Stilwell said: “Our resolve to help tackle this issue is strong and we are excited to be accelerating the development of the diversity events programme over the next two years. I am confident that this move will be highly beneficial for the group and all its stakeholders and I look forward to seeing Vitesse-run diversity campaigns implemented globally by 2020.”

The stock was trading 7.4% higher at 3.49 pence per share on Wednesday.

By Evelina Grecenko; evelinagrecenko@alliancenews.com
Original article: http://www.londonstockexchange.com/exchange/news/alliance-news/detail/1522842652933332600.html

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