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Business Disability Forum. Disability Smart Awards 2021. Sponsored by Microlink.

Disability Smart Awards 2021 - Finalists

Welcome to Business Disability Forum’s Disability Smart Awards, sponsored by Microlink! Find out more about the finalists

Business Disability Forum. Disability Smart Awards 2021. Sponsored by Microlink.
  1. Disability Smart Communications Team Award
  2. Disability Smart Customer Service Award
  3. Disability Smart Diversity & Inclusion Professional Award
  4. Disability Smart Environment Award
  5. Disability Smart Leader Award
  6. Disability Smart Learning & Development Team Award
  7. Disability Smart Procurement Team Award
  8. Disability Smart Recruitment Team Award
  9. Disability Smart Small and Medium Enterprises Award
  10. Disability Smart Technology Award
  11. Disability Smart Workplace Adjustments Award
  12. Disability Smart Workplace Experience Award
  13. Disability Confident Impact Award
  14. Disability Confident COVID-19 Innovation Award
  15. Disability Confident Recruitment Award
  16. Disability Confident Mental Health in the Workplace Award

This Award will be given to an organisation or team that has created truly inclusive and accessible communications for disabled people.

We want to reward and showcase an organisation that has embedded accessibility and inclusivity into all their communications with their workforce, customers, clients or service users and/or with the stakeholders including the general public.

Finalists:

  • The Ehlers-Danlo Support UK
  • Inclusion North CIC
  • Signly
  • Total Communication
  • Unilever

This Award will be given to an organisation who has provided excellent customer service not just to disabled people but to everyone.

We want to reward and showcase truly inclusive customer service from an organisation who that has gone the extra mile to break down barriers experienced by disabled people.

Finalists:

  • Alexandra Park & Palace Charitable Trust
  • National Highways
  • Skipton Building Society
  • Unilever

This Award will be given to a Diversity & Inclusion Professional who has made an outstanding contribution to furthering disability inclusion within their organisation and beyond.

We want to recognise, reward and celebrate an individual who has been working, perhaps behind the scenes and often unnoticed, to keep disability inclusion at the forefront of their organisation’s diversity and inclusion agenda.

Finalists:

  • GSK
  • HM Revenue & Customs
  • KPMG
  • State Street

This Award will be given to an organisation that has created beautiful, accessible and inclusive physical environments for everyone, including disabled people. We are looking for environments that are truly inclusive.

We want to reward and showcase truly inclusive design that has gone the extra mile to break down barriers experienced by disabled people.

Finalists:

  • Hotel Brooklyn
  • Network Rail
  • University of Warwick

 

This Award will be given to an inspirational Leader who has led and overseen the implementation of real and tangible improvements for disabled people. We are looking for an individual who leads by example and uses their position to create a better environment for disabled people locally, nationally or globally.

We want to reward and showcase a Leader who has gone the extra mile to break down barriers experienced by disabled people.

Finalists:

  • HSBC
  • ING Bank
  • Millwood Servicing
  • Ruh Global

This Award will be given to a Learning & Development Team that has created innovative, engaging and most of all, inclusive and accessible learning and development solutions for everyone, including disabled people.

We want to reward and showcase truly inclusive design or a Team that has gone the extra mile to break down barriers experienced by disabled people.

Finalists:

  • Brighter Futures Project
  • Hampshire Hospitals Foundation Trust
  • Microsoft

This Award will be given to a Recruitment Team that has created innovative, engaging and most of all, inclusive and accessible recruitment campaigns that has resulted in greater numbers of disabled people obtaining work or accessing a profession.

We want to reward and showcase truly a Team that has gone the extra mile to break down barriers experienced by disabled people.

Finalists:

  • Microsoft
  • Mills & Reeve
  • Oliver James
  • Tesco

This Award will be given to an organisation that is a great place to work. We are looking for an organisation that demonstrates that it really values the physical and mental health and wellbeing of all its workers, including disabled people, and has thoughtful, engaging and inclusive workplace practices.

We want to reward and showcase a truly inclusive organisation that has gone the extra mile to break down barriers experienced by disabled people to allow them to grow, develop and thrive in the organisation.

Finalists:

  • Genius Within
  • Millwood Servicing
  • Open Inclusion
  • Patchwork Hub
  • Town Hall Group
  • Your Local Cinema

This Award will be given to developers of technology that has really improved the life chances of disabled people. We want to reward and showcase truly inclusive design or a developer that has gone the extra mile to break down barriers experienced by disabled people.

Finalist:

  • AccessAble
  • Digit Audio Technology
  • Signly

 

This Award will be given to a Workplace Adjustments Team that has developed and implemented a workplace adjustments process that has proven to have improved the working lives of disabled people.

We want to reward and showcase truly inclusive procedures and processes that has gone the extra mile to break down barriers experienced by disabled people.

Finalists:

  • Accenture
  • Beds Police, Cambs & Herts Constabularies
  • GSK
  • Tesco
  • West Midlands Police

This Award will be given to an organisation that is a great place to work. We are looking for an organisation that demonstrates that it really values the physical and mental health and wellbeing of all its workers, including disabled people, and has thoughtful, engaging and inclusive workplace practices.

We want to reward and showcase a truly inclusive organisation that has gone the extra mile to break down barriers experienced by disabled people to allow them to grow, develop and thrive in the organisation.

Finalists:

  • Auto Trader
  • Bristol Myers Squibb
  • KPMG
  • Mace Group

This award will go to a Disability Confident employer that can demonstrate that they have actively supported their disabled employees throughout the pandemic period. This could include making appropriate workplace adjustments that have enabled staff to work remotely or in a blended way, supporting them to deliver their work effectively.

We want to reward and showcase an inspirational employer that can demonstrate that they have gone the extra mile to support disabled people.

Finalists:

  • HM Revenue & Customs
  • HSBC
  • KPMG
  • Shell
  • University Hospitals Birmingham NHS FT

This award will go to an organisation that can demonstrate that they have actively progressed through the different levels of the Disability Confident scheme.

They will also demonstrate that there has been a positive impact on the organisation in terms of disability employment and other opportunities such as apprenticeships, internships, work experience.

Finalists:

  • Aquarius Hair Design
  • Do-IT Solutions
  • Norton Rose Fulbright
  • Wellbeing Link
  • West Midlands Police

This award will go to a Disability Confident employer that can demonstrate that they have placed Mental Health and Wellbeing at the heart of their organisation.

Finalists:

  • Anglo American
  • CBRE
  • GSK
  • Horizon Vehicle Management
  • University Hospitals Birmingham NHS FT

We are Business Disability Forum.

We believe the 26 million people in the UK and over 1 billion people worldwide with disabilities and long-term conditions enhance the social and economic health of our societies. We exist to remove barriers in business structures and Government that prevent disabled people from thriving and contributing in this way.

Our Awards recognise those that are leading the way in inclusive and accessible practices as organisations they put in place. We really want to see are your exceptional stories that truly demonstrate leadership in action.

The judges are a highly experienced group of practitioners at Business Disability Forum. We are really looking forward to reading your stories!

1. Sarah Bartlett

2. Ebunola Adenipekun

3. Anthony Allison-Burke

4. Lucy Ruck

5. Fleur Donnelly-Jackson

6. Diane Lightfoot

7. Adrian Ward

8. Davina Critchley

9. Hazel Leighfield

10. Ruth Fisher

11. Daniel Cadey

12. Parma Sira

13. George Wright

14. Vicky Dermitzi

15. Angela Matthews

16. Julie Smith, DWP

17. Julie Williams, DWP

18. Amanda Wadsworth MBE DL, DWP

Supported by Barclays and hosted by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office  

Our 2019 Disability-Smart Awards recognised and celebrated businesses that have demonstrated outstanding and innovative practice. Businesses large and small and across all sectors have helped transform the lives of disabled people in the workplace and in society. 

The Disabled People’s Choice Award was selected by disabled people from the public and they were able to nominate organisations they felt showed inclusivity and accessibility.

The winners, the criteria, and the rationale for each category of our Disability-Smart Awards 2019 can be found below.

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