Autumn Inclusivity events arranged for Made in the Midlands members

The Inclusivity Campaign for Made in the Midlands is continuing to attract widespread interest as it looks to help businesses become more productive and profitable.

As we head towards the autumn, Made In Group has prepared a further round of Inclusivity workshops to help members improve their understanding of the campaign.

The season kicks off with the Made In Group’s Inclusivity Conference, which takes place at the offices of law firm Clarion in Queen Street, Leeds on September 18.

This will bring together the Made In Group’s Inclusivity Ambassadors who in turn will share best practice with delegates.

By using specific examples, they will explain how implementing the principles of Inclusivity has benefitted their business.

The day will feature talks from a number of speakers, while there will be break-out groups covering issues such as bullying the workplace, removing the barriers to disability, handling mental health issues and influencing people. For more details and how to book click here

Lander Automotive will be hosting the Midlands’ Inclusivity workshop at its offices at 174 Clapgate Lane, Birmingham on Wednesday October 24 between 9am and 1pm. For further details and how to book click here

Figures suggest more inclusive companies are up to 30% more productive and reduce their staff turnover rates by around 22%; a strong business case for firms to become more inclusive.

Members who pledge to Inclusivity receive a comprehensive toolkit and the opportunity to network with other Inclusivity Ambassadors throughout the Midlands and Yorkshire.

It is about being the best you can be by allowing your people to become the best they can be.

The objectives for the workshop are:

  • To fully understand current legislation and examples of what happens when it is not followed
  • Introduction to the toolkit – how it is structured, what’s in it and how to use it
  • A look at inspiring case studies of organisations (big and small) that are getting it right, and seeing results!
  • Heads up on unconscious bias and the part it might play on seeing progress (or not)
  • Exploration of other potential barriers, and how to overcome them
  • Individual action planning to focus on next steps

A separate – but nonetheless important – facet of Inclusivity is the need to promote positive mental health.

A special workshop – Mental Health First Aid Lite – is being hosted by Schmolz & Bickenbach at its premises at 33 Hainge Road, Tividale, Oldbury B69 2Y between 1 and 5pm on Tuesday October 9.

The course is approved by the Royal Society for Public Health and is open to anyone, regardless of their previous knowledge of mental health.

The implications for poor mental health provision can have serious consequences for companies, especially those with limited staffing resources.

According to the mental health charity MIND, one employee in five will take a day off because of stress, while data compiled by CIPD has suggested that as many as one in three people have experienced mental health issues at work.

The MHFA Lite course will enable participants to gain a wider understanding of some of the issues surrounding mental health – both for themselves and others.

As a result of the session, participants will gain a greater understanding of how and why positive and negative mental health affects business. It will also enable participants to work more effectively with people who may be experiencing mental health issues.

By the end of the course participants will be able to identify discrimination surrounding mental health problems and be able to provide better support to sufferers. What they learn will also enable them to better relate to people’s experiences. For more details and how to book, click here

Rounding off what has been an eventful first year for the campaign will be the Made In Group’s Inclusivity Recognition Awards on December 3.

This event includes a tour of the House of Lords. Each company will be asked to complete a simple case study before the event about what they have done as a result of the campaign and what impact it has had for their business. Every company that submits their case study to us will receive their Inclusivity Award – presented to them by Baroness Burt of Solihull (Shadow Secretary for Equalities). For more details click here

Details on how to book for these events can be found by visiting