At FSB, we know from our own research that small businesses already punch well above their weight in terms of providing opportunities for people with disabilities. This session explores how good practice, new technologies and better understanding can deliver massive benefits to disabled people and the small businesses that employ and serve them.

Event details

Find out what you can implement immediately within your business, workforce and planning processes to maximise opportunities for disabled people as valued colleagues and customers.

Join FSB and our panel of expert speakers for our “Delivering Disability Equality Through Small Businesses” webinar.  During this 90 minute, FREE session, you will learn more about:

  • The challenges and opportunities facing disabled people and the small businesses they interact with
  • Examples of best practice and what is being done by small businesses already
  • Setting up a business as a disabled person
  • Readily-available technology solutions that can help disabled colleagues and customers
  • The Purple Tuesday Initiative (2 November) – improving the customer experience for disabled people, by increasing awareness of their value and needs as customers.
About the speakers
Michael Lassman

Michael is the London Regional Chair of the Federation of Small Businesses, with responsibilities for both member and political engagement, lobbying and policy development. He is also a trustee of several charities.

Michael has many years’ experience as a diversity and inclusion practitioner, with a passion for equality and social justice in the workplace and beyond. He has worked with young people with severe learning disabilities on integration programmes in the 1980s, with older people recovering from strokes and spinal injuries and was also the chief executive of a small national mental health charity.

Julian John

Having recovered from brain damage in 2005 which left him with limited mobility, Julian realised there were many barriers for disabled people returning to work. With his strong HR background, he founded the award-winning consultancy Delsion in 2015, focusing on diversity and inclusion, including learning and development.  Julian made Swansea the first Disability Confident city in the UK.  He was listed as one of the most influential disabled business leaders in the UK in the Shaw Trust Power 100 (2018 & 2020) and was included in the People Management Diversity & Inclusion Power List (2020).

Chris Hardess has been working in Information Technology for over 30 years with the last 8 years at Microsoft as a Consultant and Technical Specialist covering Security & Cloud Endpoints. Chris is also an Accessibility champion at Microsoft, a voluntary role with members evangelizing and educating companies, organizations, clubs and societies about the Accessibility features available from Microsoft as well as the drivers for adoption. Originating from the North West he now lives in the Vale of Glamorgan.

Mike Adams

Mike Adams is CEO of Purple, a cutting edge organisation changing the disability conversation with businesses and disabled people, Purple is unique in that it also provides direct support services to over 4,500 disabled people to lead more independent lives.

Mike has been named in the Shaw Trust Power List of the UK’s top 100 most influential disabled people for 2021 and was awarded an OBE in 2012 for his services to disability.

Event contact
  • For help and support regarding this event, please telephone our dedicated events helpline 01253 336028 or email [email protected]
  • OR For general enquiries regarding the event, please email the event organiser on Lesley Burgess or telephone 07816453559 or 01253746054

Further information

  • Find out more about FSB virtual events and a quick guide to getting started here.
  • We want all attendees to feel welcomed - please read our statement on Diversity and Inclusion here
  • To help ensure things run smoothly, please refer to our Events terms and conditions here.