Launch of the first Diversity Zone at the “Great British Business Show & Business Start-Up 2015”

Launch of the first Diversity Zone
at the “Great British Business Show and Business Start-Up 2015”

The Diversity Zone at: Stand 1064, Great British Business Show and Business Start-Up 2015, Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, London, W14 8UX.
Thursday 3rd December: 10am – 6pm, Friday 4th December: 10am – 5pm

Adult Dyslexia Organisation (ADO) is pleased to announce that it has created the first ever Diversity Zone at Europe’s largest Business Show.

This was created because we had noticed over the years that there was a lack of representation in regards to diversity, especially in terms of people with disabilities, such as Dyslexia.

Even though people with a disability account for billions in revenue and expenditure in the UK, and especially since research from Cass Business School at City University shows 20% of entrepreneurs are dyslexic. Additionally, this is backed up by research from London Business Link.

The ADO’s project has received substantial financial support from Stonewall , which has allowed us to work in partnership with them to create what we hope will be a permanent feature of the Business Show.

Diversity Zone is based on the Equality Act 2010 and in-line with the 9 protective characteristics as follows;

1. Age
2. Disability
3. Gender reassessment
4. Marriage and civil partnerships
5. Pregnancy and maternity
6. Race
7. Religion or belief
8. Sex
9. Sexual orientation

This stems from ADO’s success in creating a diversity village within the Civil Service live conference and exhibition for 6 years, and has succeeded in a number of contracts to support diversity across the public and civil service sector.

Our key goal is to make employers aware of the benefits being a fully diverse employer, and to let them know that support can be found, to enable their organisation to meet their obligations under the Equality Act 2010.

Additionally, to let them know that Access to Work is available from the Department of Works and Pension to support people with a disability within the workplace. Especially, as the rules have changed for small to medium sized businesses. If they employ under 49 employees, they may not have to make any financial contributions to disabled people in the workplace.

Our overall goal is to see that everyone has a level playing field, whether starting their own business or as an employee.

If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact:

Donald Schloss
Chief Executive
Adult Dyslexia Organisation (ADO)
Mobile: 07974 755163