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Disability Smart Awards 2024: Finalists announced

Business Disability Forum has announced the list of finalists for its prestigious Disability Smart Awards 2024.

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Disability Smart Awards 2024 finalists announced

The annual Disability Smart Awards recognise organisations that are improving the life experiences of disabled employees and consumers by removing barriers to inclusion. The awards are a platform for sharing evidence and learnings from real life projects that have had a positive impact on disabled peoples’ lives.

Disability Smart Awards 2024 finalists

There are 10 Disability Smart Awards for 2024 and the finalists for each category are as follows:

Disability Smart Diversity and Inclusion Professional Award

  • Carmel McKeogh, DFN Project SEARCH
  • Michael Vermeersch, Microsoft
  • Kim Whippy, PwC LLP

Disability Smart Leader Award

  • Nasser Siabi, Microlink
  • Professor Brendan Stone, The University of Sheffield
  • Oliver Holbourn, NatWest

Disability Smart Technology Award

  • Haleon
  • Family Care Trust
  • Microsoft

Disability Smart Inclusive Workplace Experience Award

  • PwC UK
  • Na Laga’at Center
  • Texthelp Group

Disability Smart Inclusive Recruitment Award

  • AXA UK
  • Whitbread PLC
  • Zayed Higher Organization for People of determination

Disability Smart Inclusive Communication Campaign Award

  • Reckitt
  • Tilting the Lens
  • The Royal Society and The Scottish Sensory Centre

Disability Smart Inclusive Customer Experience Award

  • Marsham Court Hotel
  • TUI UK&I
  • Alton Towers Resort

Disability Smart Accessible Built Environment Award

  • European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
  • The Huddersfield Town Association Football Club Limited
  • HSBC

Disability Smart Global Disability Inclusion Award

  • HSBC
  • Google
  • Associazione Italiana Persone Down (AIPD)

Disability Smart Inclusive Product Design Award

  • Primark
  • Amazon
  • HSBC

Diane Lightfoot is CEO of Business Disability Forum and one of the judges for this year’s awards. She said:

“It is a huge privilege to be involved in the judging of the Disability Smart Awards 2024. Each year, the judging process becomes harder as the quality and calibre of the entries we receive increases and that is something to be celebrated. Barriers to inclusion for disabled people as employees and consumers still exist but the Disability Smart Awards show just what can be achieved when businesses and individuals work with disabled people to achieve positive and tangible outcomes. We are looking forward to sharing stories and learnings from all of our finalists.”

Disability Smart Awards ceremony

Winners of the Disability Smart Awards 2024 will be announced at the Disability Smart Awards Ceremony 2024, in partnership with Bloomberg, on 30 April 2024. Go to Business Disability Forum’s Disability Smart Awards 2024 page to find out more about the awards and to register for live stream of the event.


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