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Disability Confident Leader

The Chamber has achieved elevated status as a Disability Confident employer.


Having already achieved level 2 in the Government-led scheme last year, the Chamber has now been formally recognised as a Disability Confident Leader, the highest grade.


The Disability Confident scheme supports employers to make the most of the talents of disabled people.


As a Disability Confident Leader, the Chamber has had to demonstrate that it meets all the criteria of the scheme, is taking action to recruit, retain and support disabled people, has had its self-assessment validated and provided evidence of its commitment.


Director of Resources Lucy Robinson said: “In continuing our Disability Confident journey, we are ensuring that disabled people and those with long-term health conditions have the opportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations.


“We have also pledged to influence and support Members and the wider business community to sign up to the Disability Confident scheme.”


The Chamber has undertaken to continuously review and update its practices relating to employing people with disabilities, and to facilitate sharing good practice through its forum activity.


Donna Bharmal, a member of the Employment Services team, based in Nottingham, assisted Lucy in elevating the Chamber’s status.


She said: “After working on this for the past six months, we are really proud to have been recognised in this way. It showcases the work we are doing to be a leading employer in this area.”


At the end of March, at a Jobcentre Plus-run Disability Confident event in Nottingham, Lilian Greenwood, MP for Nottingham South, presented the Chamber with a certificate showing its elevated status and a logo for use across all platforms.


Disability Confident Leader status lasts three years.