Partner benefits


With over 11 million disabled people in the UK, we can help you become better at doing business with, employing and retaining disabled people in order to realise the many business benefits that come with being disability-smart.

Business Disability Forum’s Partner Group is made up of organisations from the private and public sectors and represents a variety of industries; from investment banks to broadcasters, to government agencies and supermarkets. Our Partners are vital to ensuring employers and service providers forge productive relationships with disabled and non-disabled stakeholders.

Being a Partner of BDF highlights your commitment to becoming a disability-smart business and helps us to develop and share emerging best practice.

As a Partner, your organisation will become part of the UK's foremost thought leadership group on disability as it affects business. The Partner group provides opportunities to come together to discuss and shape know-how that pushes the private and public sectors to address disability as a business priority.

Our Partners have contributed to the creation of cutting edge enabling products and initiatives such as the Technology Taskforce and the Accessible Technology Charter.

As well as all the benefits listed in the Members page, additional benefits for Partners are:

  • An assigned senior business partner to help you make full use of your Business Disability Forum Partnership and help plan and/or support your disability strategy. 
  • Five days’ consultancy support per year. 
  • Leader to Leader dinners to support your senior champions. 
  • Access to six-monthly network breakfasts for your disability leads to discuss the hot topics of the day and share issues, best practice and challenges. 
  • Two free places at each of our professional development events (on a first-come, first-served basis). 
  • A free Partner Pass to all our other events, with the exception of our annual London-based Conference. 
  • Unlimited access to our entire suite of resources to share across your business, available to all of your employees. 


  • CEO membership of our President’s Group, led by Sir Ian Cheshire, chairman of Barclays UK. 
  • Technology Taskforce membership. 
  • Global Taskforce membership. 
  • Customer Taskforce membership. 
  • Employment Taskforce membership. 

… and, of course, working with us as a Partner is an investment in our future development, ensuring long-term benefit to Partners, Members and UK organisations (both private and public sector) as a whole. It also positions your company as a thought leader and demonstrates your commitment in driving disability inclusion in your business. 

Partners are also provided with access to an expert Senior Business Partner who will work with you and your organisation day in day out to address your needs, and facilitate access to other experts and our network of disabled Associates.

To find out more about how we can help regarding partnership, please contact our Head of Disability Partnerships Adrian Ward via email at or call +44-(0)78-6689-0936. 

Download our full list of Partners here.