Did you know that 1 in 3 workers will be aged over 50 by 2020 in the UK? And that by 2024, older workers will be the largest age cohort?
Did you know that the wealthiest fifth of those aged 50-64 spend more on food and alcohol, restaurants, transport, recreation and hotels than any other age group?
Did you also know that only 17% of disabled people are born with their disability and that the first time we acquire a disability is in the age group 35-49 years, with nearly half of all people aged 65 being disabled?
These rapid changes in our society have big implications for small businesses and over the coming years will demand that more and more small businesses have the know-how to work effectively with disabled colleagues and customers.
Camden small businesses, working with the Business Disability Forum (BDF, a national business membership organisation that helps build disability smart organisations) have the chance to participate in a pilot to evaluate a SME Disability Smart Award. The time commitment is not more than a couple hours and will give businesses the chance to:
- Use a simple self-assessment to look at how disability affects their business
- Have access to free and confidential guidance from BDF, including 1:1 assistance from business disability consultants
- Chance to review the self-assessment and identify where you are doing well and might improve. This includes your own report and a 1:1 consultation (done at your convenience) with business disability consultants
- Have the logo and the award of a BDF Disability-Smart SME status which you can use for your own marketing purposes.
For Camden businesses participating in the pilot this is all free. If you’re interested please contact George Selvanera, BDF Director of Strategy & External Affairs at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7403 3020.