Get Voting for Businesses That Take Disability Equality Seriously

Following the shortlist for SCIL Disabled People’s Business and Community Awards being announced, we are pleased that for the four other awards, members of the public will have the chance to have their say in which businesses deserve to win the awards.

Ian Loynes, chief executive for SCIL, said: “We have opened the vote to members of the public because they will be the people using the shops, pubs and restaurants around Hampshire. With their votes we hope to reflect the good experiences they are having and reward some of those establishments that they believe have gone above and beyond the call of duty.”

With the help of the Daily Echo, YOU have the chance to nominate in four categories to help decide which company has gone above and beyond the call of duty and ensured that disabled people are treated equally.The categories open for readers to nominate in are: the Disability Equality Achievement Awards for Best Hospitality, Best Independent Retailer, Best High Street Retailer and a new award the Judges’ Award for Outstanding Newcomer.

Echo readers can vote in four categories:

BEST HOSPITALITY AWARD – Pubs, restaurants, hotels, fast food, cafes etc
BEST INDEPENDENT RETAILER – Butchers, florists, greengrocers, fashion, hardware, corner shop etc
BEST HIGH STREET RETAILER – Supermarket, department stores, DIY store, bookshops, chemists, jewellers etc
THE JUDGES’ AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING NEWCOMER

Speaking of the new award, The Judges Award for Outstanding Newcomer, Ian Loynes said: “We have created this new award to champion new companies that have gone the extra mile to include disabled people both as customers and employees within their business. This award will stop the big corporate companies crowding out the newcomers who often have the best ideas.”

You can complete the nomination form here or e-mail your nominations to access@soton-echo.co.uk.The closing date for nominations is November 3.

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