Inspiring Business by Sharing Success

Sarah Gatford – Supporting Businesses to achieve Gold Standard access for D/deaf people.

Small Business Saturday is an annual celebration of all things small business related and it takes place on the first Saturday in December. This year's date is 7th December.

In the 100 days leading up to the big celebration, focus is on 100 small businesses, one a day. We are one of those featured businesses. We get a day when it's all about what our business does and we get to shout about it with the support of the Small Business Saturday team and all the other businesses who are involved.

Friday 8th November 2019 is our Small Business 100 day.

To mark this, we are having a celebration of signed song and TED-style talks from 3 of the top signed song performers in the UK. This promises to be a fun evening at Derby Grammar School and is a unique opportunity for D/deaf people and businesses to mingle and share experiences. There’ll be food, there’ll be drink, there’ll be music and lots of laughter, it’s an evening not to be missed.

Within the event we will also be celebrating small business. We have start up businesses Gorgeous Gourmet Grub and Just Ice providing the food, Tchin Tchin with a fully stocked bar and Hot House Music School providing the interval entertainment.

Tickets are available by emailing or via the Eventbrite link

When we submitted the application and video we knew how incredible this would be. We hugely value being part of the Small Business 100 and Small Business Saturday campaign and having the privilege to share our in depth knowledge of what it takes to build accessibility into a business.

What we do

We support businesses to enhance engagement with D/deaf people.

It’s the simple things that make a huge difference. Engaging with D/deaf people is an excellent business decision. 1:5 of us has some level of hearing loss and this is becoming more so with the ageing population. All of us know someone who is affected. These people currently feel unable to let businesses know they have difficulty accessing services. Not engaging is less embarrassing than asking for support.

By adapting the business environment and methods of communication to include D/deaf people, customer reach grows, as does the potential pool of employees.

We have a comprehensive step-by-step process to ensuring that your business can achieve our ‘Gold Standard’ when it comes to engaging with D/deaf people. We are available to come along and talk to businesses about how we can support them to implement this.

We have also recently been recognised for our work and are finalists in the English Women’s Awards in the Social Entrepreneur Category.

Small businesses have so much to offer and we can be life changing for those we engage with and who engage with us. We can lead the way when it comes to being innovative in our approach to business.

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