Fife Business Diversity Awards 2019 recently hosted their 17th Annual Event at the Old Manor Hotel in Lundin Links to an audience of over 80 businesses, organisations and individuals. The awards showcase the work success of people who face disadvantages in the labour market due to personal issues, adverse family impacts, disability or health conditions, lack of work experience, skills or qualifications.
The event also celebrated businesses and organisations who adopt work practises that create equal opportunities for all in the work place.
A special mention was given to Fife’s 'Just Ask Listen Talk' employer campaign. It offers practical advice and guidance to Fife’s Employers to help them improve conversations about mental health in the workplace.
Guest Speaker and Fife Provost Jim Leishman provided the opening remarks saying: “This event is a showcase of the journey a few of many individuals undertake and who overcome significant disadvantages on their road to work. It’s a celebration of employers who give people chances and challenges in the workplace and recognise the value of having diverse and inclusive workplaces.
"While people may experience disadvantage, it should not be allowed to define who people are or what they can achieve”
Lucinda McAllister, Service Manager for Fife Council’s Employability Service opened the event. She said: "The Fife Business Diversity Awards are always a highlight of our working year. It gives us a chance to celebrate the achievements of the individuals we work with and the businesses that support them to meet their goals. It never ceases to amaze me how much people can achieve with the right support in place."
Winners from this year’s event are:
Adults 25+ Category:
BRONZE – Darryl Walker, Burntisland
SILVER – Richard Winters, Leslie
GOLD – Katy MacGregor, Kirkcaldy
Health and Disabilities Employee:
JOINT BRONZE– Catherine Bowie, Burntisland & Carolina Vivona Garcia, Lochgelly
SILVER– Miller Robertson, Newmills
GOLD– Veronica Stothers, Kincardine
BRONZE – Better Engaged, Works Better, Supported Employment Service
SILVER – Fife Migrants Forum
GOLD – Rising Stars, Fife Council
Achiever of the Year:
JOINT BRONZE – Reece Haxton, Glenrothes & Silvia Ilinca, Kirkcaldy
SILVER – Ross Scott, Leven
GOLD – Ewa Rogos Chuchro, Rosyth
Young People Award:
BRONZE – Kyle Lorimer, Lochgelly
SILVER – Greg Philp, Rosyth
GOLD – Olivia Donovan, Dunfermline
Equality & Diversity Employer Award:
BRONZE – Ardross Farm
SILVER – We Restore Alloys
GOLD – Castle Furniture