Disability issues for SMEs

Archive of articles and guides on disability legislation and related issues for UK small businesses.

Getting Online

3 things small business owners should know about web accessibility

Here are three vital things to know about website accessibility for your small business so that you don't alienate your customers

Legal advice

Adapting for disabled customers

The Equality Act affects the way you treat your staff, job applicants and customers. Under the Equality Act, small and medium-sized businesses have to make 'reasonable adjustments' so they do not discriminate against disabled customers.

Business management

8 ways to make your small business more disability aware

Being aware of the needs of the disabled isn’t just good business sense, it’s good for your business as a whole

Success stories

Entrepreneur Q&A: ex-Paralympic swimmer, Liz Johnson

Former Paralympian Liz Johnson chats about her recruitment agency, The Ability People (TAP), and closing the disability employment gap.

Employing & managing staff

The changes that could affect disabled employees in the workplace

Luke Hatkinson-Kent at Allied Vehicles Limited talks about legal and funding changes that could affect your disabled employees.

Employing & managing staff

Employing people with autism: What to be aware of

Rebecca James, head of academy living at Orbis Education and Care, gives small business owners some insight into how employing someone with autism can help their business.


Disability award winners announced this month

The Business Disability Forum will announce the winners of the 2016 Disability-smart Awards on Wednesday November 9th at Nationwide in London.


UK SMEs need better advice to cater for disabled customers

Despite disabled customers making up a large portion of the UK market, businesses still fail to cater for them, a new study finds.

Employing & managing staff

The business benefits of employing disabled people

In this piece in association with Boost Capital, we look at the upside of employing disabled people for your small business.


Disability should not hinder employment prospects

A new book has been published aimed at employers in the hope of improving prospects for disabled workers.


Government should do more to encourage disabled entrepreneurship

The government should do more to encourage entrepreneurship and self-employment as an alternative career move for disabled people say industry experts.

Employing & managing staff

Employing disabled staff

Finding skilled staff is one of the biggest problems a small business has to face, but by not making allowances for disabled applicants you could be missing out on a large number of talented candidates, not to mention running the risk of legal action.

Business Loans

A guide to getting a small business loan

Everything you need to know on what small business loans are and what types of loan are available for your business.

Partner content

Why you need a business bank account

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Partner content

5 things every small business owner needs to know before starting

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Business management

How to create good cashflow habits

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