Muckle LLP was recently recognised for its “Outstanding Practice in the Private Sector” in the North East Equality Awards ceremony held at the Gateshead Hilton.
The Awards acknowledge those businesses in the North-East who have led the way in promoting equality and diversity in the workplace and received scores of entries from across the region.
Equality and diversity
Muckle LLP was nominated for a number of reasons;
- helping Equality North East devise a benchmarking standard for private sector employers, promoting the benefits of equality and diversity at a strategic regional level;
- providing disabled people with the opportunity to gain work experience and increase their chances of obtaining paid employment by establishing and improving links with Rehab UK, Disability North and the Employability Project based at Percy Hedley Foundation; and
- operating inclusive recruitment practices.
This award was sponsored by the Equality and Human Rights Commission, the organisation which now has responsibility for dealing with all strands of anti-discrimination legislation in the UK.
Ahead of the game
Liz Reay, Chief Executive of Equality North-East, said: “This, the sixth year of the Equality Awards, has been the finest yet and has been an opportunity to showcase the magnificent work going on in the region to remove the barriers which prevent people from reaching their full potential.
“Once again the North-East has shown itself to be ahead of the game in striving to achieve equality in the workplace. What is particularly pleasing is the fact that more and more employers are finding that this work is leading to real business benefits.”
Committed to making a difference
Paul Johnstone, Partner in Muckle LLP’s Employment Services Group, said “This award demonstrates that we are committed to making a difference to the way we deal with members of our community who may be disadvantaged in some way.”