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Press release: Businesses unprepared for threats to disability rights post-Brexit, survey finds

12 February 2018
39% of people believe there will be no change in disability laws post-Brexit 38% believe there will be no impact on employment rates of disabled people 47% believe Brexit will have no effect on the number of opportunities for disabled people 75% of business-owners believe Brexit will make no difference to  the way they hire workers post-Brexit 71% of business-owners believe Brexit will have no effect on their ability to accommodate disabled employees and customers 57% of business-owners didn’t foresee a fall in profits due to Brexit Figures released to senior business leaders at event sponsored by Sopra Steria Recruitment on 8 February
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Press release: Lloyds Banking Group named one of the most inclusive companies for disabled people

08 February 2018
London, UK: Lloyds Banking Group has achieved the highest possible grade in Business Disability Forum’s Disability Standard, the world’s first business-led management tool used to measure accessibility and inclusion in the workplace. The Standard assesses ten core criteria, including physical accessibility, workplace adjustments and products and services, enabling businesses to accurately plan for, and measure their progress.
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Press release: Sopra Steria Recruitment to sponsor key Business Disability Forum event

01 February 2018
London, UK: Sopra Steria Recruitment, one of the leading UK staffing companies and managed recruitment service providers, is delighted to announce that it will be continuing its close relationship with Business Disability Forum (BDF) by sponsoring this year’s President’s Group Dinner.
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Free Disability Confident accreditations for Business Disability Forum Members and Partners

25 January 2018
The Government’s Disability Confident Scheme is designed to help employers recruit and retain people with disabilities and long-term conditions. There are three levels of accreditation: Level 1 (Disability Confident Committed), Level 2 (Disability Confident Employer), and Level 3 (Disability Confident Leader). Employers can undertake the first two levels on their own but, for the third level, employers need to seek external validation on their Level 2 self-assessment. Business Disability Forum can help you with this.
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People fear effect of hearing loss on their career

10 January 2018
Fear of a potential negative effect on their career is preventing people with hearing loss from disclosing their condition to their employers.
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Chancellor’s comments linking low productivity to increased numbers of disabled people in work are unfounded, says Business Disability Forum

07 December 2017
Responding to Chancellor Phillip Hammond’s comments made to the Treasury Select Committee yesterday, linking low productivity with an increased number of disabled people in work, Diane Lightfoot, CEO of Business Disability Forum said: “There is no evidence to link increasing employment of disabled people to a drop in productivity. On the contrary, amongst the 300 organisations that we represent, we’ve found that positive attitudes towards employing disabled people, and accepting differences among employees, have reduced employee turnover and the lost productivity associated with it. Crucially, we’ve found that addressing the needs of disabled colleagues and introducing disability smart measures, actually reduces turnover among all employees, whether they identify as disabled or not.
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5 December: Leading Scottish businesses show how they are improving opportunities for disabled people and encourage others to follow suit

05 December 2017
Edinburgh, UK: At a conference today (5  December) in Edinburgh, key names in Scottish business, including RBS and VisitScotland, will address the wider business community on innovative ways in which their organisations are addressing the needs of disabled employees and disabled consumers, and the positive impact that it is having on their businesses.
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Business Disability Forum responds to Government's publication of 'Improving Lives: The Future of Work, Health and Disability'

30 November 2017
London, UK: Business Disability Forum has welcomed the publication of 'Improving Lives: The Future of Work, Health & Disability', which coincides with the run up to the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities on 3 December.
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Budget Response: Chancellor missed opportunity to put people with disabilities at the centre of employment plans, says Business Disability Forum

23 November 2017
London, UK: The Chancellor missed an opportunity to prioritise employment of disabled people in the Autumn Budget yesterday (22 November) Business Disability Forum has said.
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Meet the host and keynote speaker for our Disability-smart Awards 2017

25 October 2017
We are pleased to introduce our host and keynote speaker for the 2017 Disability-smart Awards, taking place on Thursday, 16 November 2017 from 2:30pm - 5:00pm. The Disability-smart Awards are generously hosted by Deutsche Bank and exist to recognise companies that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to employing, working with and doing business with disabled people.
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