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Upcoming events | Business Disability Forum

Keeping great employees with disabilities: launch of national research
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Date: 27 July 2015, 10:00am - 1:00pm
Location: Barclays, 1 Churchill Place, London E14 5HP
Price: Free

Generously hosted by Barclays 
 
Business Disability Forum (BDF) is thrilled to release the first state of the nation report about the skills, confidence and practices that help retain and develop employees with disabilities across private, public and third sector employers in the UK. Working with BDF Partners de Poel Community, EY, Royal Mail, Lloyds Banking Group, Department of Work and Pensions, Equal Approach and Remploy Employment Services, BDF has led a national research project engaging 145 employers.
 
Our Director of Policy, Services and Communications George Selvanera will share the findings. He'll also set out the practical actions that all employers can take to retain and develop their employees with disabilities. 
 
George will be joined by employees sharing their experiences with disability-smart employers in technology and law. They will talk about what their employers did and the difference it made. We will also have Equal Approach, Lloyds Banking Group and EE share their learning about what practical actions they have taken to improve retention and development in their businesses.
 
Dawn Millman-Hurst, Equal Approach CEO will share learning about how to make good recruitment support good retention.
 
Lloyds Banking Group will share learning about how organisations can transform their workplace adjustment processes and in so doing, improve productivity, efficiency and morale while reducing costs and sickness absence.
 
Vicki Heaven, Retention Lead at EE, will share learning about how a personalised approach reduces staff turnover and helps retention and progression.
 
There will be a lot of time to ask your questions too. It's all very practical and evidence based about what works. It's a great chance to learn and network with other organisations.
 
To register for this event, please contact our Events team via email to
events@businessdisabilityforum.org.uk or call 020-7403-3020
 

Age & Disability:
meeting the needs of older customers and employees
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Date: Wednesday 23 September 2015, 2:30pm - 5:00pm with networking drinks from 5:00pm
Location: Sainsbury's, 33 Holborn, London EC1N 2HT
Price: Members - Free / Non-members - £79

 
Generously hosted by Sainsbury's
 
The world population is ageing; it is expected that by 2037, people aged 65 and over will account for nearly 1 in 4 of the total UK population.  With over-65s in the UK spending over £2.2 billion a week on goods and services, businesses cannot afford to ignore the needs of older customers. Similarly, employees over the age of 50 account for over 30% of the UK's workforce, highlighting the massive contribution older workers make toward our economy and society. 

As a person ages, they are more likely to acquire a disability; 43% of adults in the UK over state pension age have a disability. However, impairments acquired with age won’t always be described as disabilities by people who have them and by society itself.

This event will focus on how disability know-how provides many of the solutions to an ageing workforce and customer base. 

Delegates will have the opportunity to take part in engaging roundtable discussions with other BDF Members, disabled associates and BDF strategic advisors. These discussions will focus on the following four key areas relating to age & disability:
  • Applying disability know-how to an ageing workforce;
  • Key issues in addressing the needs of ageing customers;
  • Implications of dementia for employers and service providers; and
  • Supporting employees who also act as carers.
We'll also hear from wide-ranging businesses and public sector service providers that have already implemented exemplary initiatives to meet the needs of their ageing customer base and workforce. All delegates will also receive case studies and useful factsheets to take away with them, as well as a paper after the event discussing the event's findings.
 
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Hosting a Business Disability Forum event
In July, our Events team will be reaching out to BDF Members & Partners about opportunities to host events in our 2015/16 Events Programme.

Hosting a Business Disability Forum event is an excellent way to publicly demonstrate your commitment on disability to your employees, customers and peers. 

In exchange for hosting an event, all event hosts receive:
  • a number of complimentary places on paid events;
  • logo inclusion in all event marketing collateral and pre-event/post-event communications; and
  • the opportunity to speak at the event to share relevant examples of best practice with our members and guests.
Over the past 18 months, the following organisations have generously provided venues for our events:

Accenture, AIG, Allianz, American Express, Ashurst LLP, Baker & McKenzie LLP, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Barclays, BT, Citigroup, The Co-operative, Crown Estate, Deloitte, EY, Fujitsu, HSBC, KPMG, Lloyds Banking Group, McDonalds, National Audit Office, Natural History Museum, PwC, Santander, Scottish Water, Simmons & Simmons, Slaughter & May.

If you are interested in hosting a BDF event, please contact our events team via email to events@businessdisabilityforum.org.uk or call 020-7403-3020 to request a copy of our upcoming Events Programme.
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