Wed 08 / 09 / 21
Diversity and Ability named a finalist in the UK Social Enterprise Awards, recognising businesses which are transforming society
Diversity and Ability has been shortlisted in the UK Social Enterprise Award, recognising it as one of the leading social enterprises in the country.
Diversity and Ability based in Brighton is a finalist in the category of Social Enterprise Building Diversity, Inclusion, Equity and Justice. It’s a business led by disabled people, for disabled people that supports individuals and organisations to celebrate diversity and foster inclusion, generating a return on social investment of over £9,000,000 a year (NEF Consulting, 2020). In the last year alone, D&A has provided over 27,000 1:1 support sessions to disabled people in education and the workplace, as well as working locally, nationally and globally to promote disability justice and inclusion.
Social enterprises are businesses which trade for a social or environmental purpose. There are 100,000 social enterprises in the UK contributing £60bn to the UK economy, each one being set up to tackle some of the biggest challenges we face from homelessness to the climate emergency.
The UK Social Enterprise Awards run by Social Enterprise UK, the national membership body for social enterprises, recognise the nation’s most pioneering social enterprises. Diversity and Ability will be joining other shortlisted organisations at the prestigious awards ceremony held at London’s iconic Guildhall on 8 December.
Commenting on being shortlisted, Atif Choudhury, Co-founder and CEO of Diversity and Ability said:
Diversity, equity, justice- what could be more synonymous with social enterprises than that? For all of us at D&A it's a heart-warming moment to know that our work has gone on to change so many lives and play such a profound role in shaping understandings of what social enterprises in the UK and beyond can do.
Commenting on the Awards, Chief Executive of Social Enterprise UK Peter Holbrook said:
The UK Social Enterprise Awards are back, bigger and better than ever before. We have had a record number of applications this year, all of which have showcased the strength, dynamism and resilience of the social enterprise community through what’s been an incredibly difficult and uncertain period.
Over the course of the pandemic social enterprises have been going above and beyond the call of duty to support their teams, the individuals, and communities they work with, showing the grit, determination and innovation so inherent to this sector. They’ve been operating directly on the frontline of the crisis, launching new products and pivoting their business models to meet the needs of communities and society as a whole.
The Awards are all about celebrating the achievements of the UK’s social enterprise movement, which is showing us that another way of doing business is possible - one which has never been more important as we look to build back better and address the climate emergency.”