Disability-Smart Awards 2018 - finalists announced

23 October 2018

Business Disability Forum is delighted to announce the finalists for the 2018 Disability-Smart Awards, supported by Barclays and Microlink

The winners of the 10 awards will be revealed on Thursday 29 November, and presented by Silver Paralympian and TV star Stef Reid MBE.

Companies including Microsoft, Facebook, Sainsbury’s and KPMG are all in the running for awards, which recognise organisations who have shown an outstanding commitment to employing, working with and doing business with disabled people.

The full list of finalists can now be revealed, and is as follows:

·         Disabled People’s Choice Award: Liverpool FC; Crunch Simply Digital; Brunswick Park Primary School; London Borough of Hounslow

·         Senior disability champion of the year: Tim Fallowfield, Sainsbury’s; Sir Philip Rutnam, Civil Service.

·         Inclusive service provider of the year: 24/7 Recruitment; Gatwick Airport; BT.

·         Positive cultural change of the year: Guidant Group; West Midlands Police; EY.

·         Workplace adjustments innovation of the year (sponsored by Microlink): Sainsbury’s; Financial Conduct Authority; Shell

·         Influential business of the year: Virgin Media; KPMG.

·         Technology initiative of the year (sponsored by Microlink): Facebook; Microsoft; Neatebox.

These finalists were chosen from a large pool of entries by an independent panel of judges from across the disability, business and public sectors.

This judging panel includes:


·         Kamran Mallick, Chief Executive Officer, Disability-Rights UK

·         Mark Lomas, Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, High Speed Two (HS2)

·         Janet Hill, Programme Director, Civil Service Disability Inclusion, Cabinet Office

·         Geoff Adams-Spink, Director, Adams-Spink Ltd

·         David Brindle, Public Services Editor, The Guardian

·         Paulette Cohen, Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Barclays


Tickets are now available for the prize-giving ceremony on Thursday 29 November, which will be held from 3pm to 7pm at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in Whitehall, London. 

Book your place online. Complimentary for Business Disability Forum Members and Partners; £49 for non-members.