Wide Range of Businesses Compete For Awards

What do a football club, a university, a bank and the Royal Navy have in common? They have all been named as one of 16 short-listed organisations for the SCIL Disabled People’s Business & Community Awards 2006  sponsored by SEEDA and HSBC. 

The Awards are aimed at mainstream companies that have shown that they are continually striving to provide an inclusive service to disabled people within the community. SEEDA’s Area Director for Hampshire and Isle of Wight Kathy Slack said: “SEEDA is very pleased to be one of the main sponsors’ of this event.  We value the importance of promoting disability equality in the workplace and recognise how it can be used as a source of cultural, social and economic enrichment.”

The shortlisted nominations are as follows:-

  • Entertainment & Leisure Category:  Chamberlayne Leisure Centre, Mill Chase Leisure Centre, Gang Warily Recreation Centre, Southampton Football Club.
  • Transport Category: Flybe, National Express, Stagecoach
  • Services & Utilities: BT Group, Northern Rock, First Choice
  • Public Services: Hampshire Library Service, Hampshire Constabulary,  Isle of Wight Council
  • Equality Achievement Award for Employment: Royal Navy, Northern Rock, Southampton Solent University

The winners of the categories for Hospitality, Independent Retailer and High Street Retailer will be chosen via a ‘People’s Vote’ in the Southern Daily Echo.

Debbie and SCIL at Rose Bowl

The Ceremony will be held at the Rose Bowl, Southampton on 16th November 2006 and awards will be presented by TV News Presenter Debbie Thrower. Laurence Clark, fresh from his success at the Edinburgh Festival, will also be entertaining the 150 guests with his sharp comic wit before the Awards ceremony begins.

Other supporters of this event include B&Q, Hampshire County Council, Southampton City Council and South West Trains. 

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