Business Disability Forum bring together 250 business leaders to drive change

London, UK- On Wednesday 23 July, 250 business and disabled opinion leaders gathered at the House of Lords at the invitation of Lord Addington to learn more about the power of information exchange to transform business disability performance. The event was generously sponsored by Microlink PC.

Susan Scott-Parker Founder and Chief Executive of Business Disability Forum (BDF) said: “this event is all about what happens when business and disabled individuals get together to make big things happen by challenging business culture, attitudes and to remove workplace barriers”. 

BDF actively encourages Partners and Members to share best practice and drive change in their specialist fields and areas of common interest through its Presidents' Group, led by Sir Ian Cheshire and other networks such as the Technology Taskforce, Senior Disability Champions network and Customer Strategy group. 

Speaker Kate Nash OBE, Director of Kate Nash Associates explained the key role disabled employee networks play in supporting business led journeys toward disability confidence and Gill Day, Priority Service Team Manager, EDF Energy shared her personal experience of networking with other disabled women.


Notes to Editors

  1. BDF represents some 400 businesses and large government bodies that employ 20% of the UK workforce. This includes Barclays Bank, Lloyds Bank, Sainsburys, BT and Airbus. Smart organisations work with BDF to improve their business performance. BDF has more than 20 years’ experience of equipping people with the expertise to create more disability smart organisations. Here is a short video about the forum: For more information about the Forum please visit:
  2. For more information about Microlink and their recent workplace adjustments solution please visit:
  3. For more information about Kate Nash Associates please visit:
  4. For further information, contact Brenda Berwise-Ebanks, Communications and Marketing Manager,, telephone: 020 7403 3020.

About Us

Business Disability Forum is a not-for-profit member organisation that makes it easier and more rewarding to do business with and employ disabled people. We have more than twenty years experience of working with public and private sector organisations, formerly as the Employers’ Forum on Disability. Our members employ almost 20% of the UK workforce and, together, we seek to remove the barriers between public and private organisations and disabled people. We are a key stakeholder for both business and government. We have contributed to the establishment and development of meaningful disability discrimination legislation in the UK. Business Disability Forum provides pragmatic support by sharing expertise, giving advice, providing training and facilitating networking opportunities. This helps organisations become fully accessible to disabled customers and employees. Our pioneering Disability Standard is a measure of an organisations’ ability to be disability-smart. It provides a framework for confidently and effectively aligning ways of working, changing behaviour and improving decision making across organisations. The Business Disability Forum President's Group and the Technology Taskforce define policy with members and government. The Technology Taskforce is led by Chief Technology Officers who define best practice, establishing in 2010 our Accessible Technology Charter, and support other members in aligning their organisations.