Montrose company in line for award

LOCAL company Broomfield Motors has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award in recognition of its support for people with learning disabilities.

The garage, at the Broomfield Industrial Estate, is in the running to win a Scotland Employers Award. Run by the charity ENABLE Scotland, the awards seek to recognised organisations which have excelled in recruiting staff with learning disabilities.

Doreen Walkinshaw of ENABLE Scotland said: “ENABLE Scotland believes that paid work enables people who have a learning disability to enjoy real economic and social participation in their communities. The ENABLE Scotland Employers Award is an opportunity to shine a spotlight on the employers who make this happen.”

This is the fourth annual Scotland Employers Award and previous winners have included Royal Mail, Co-operative Food, Crazy Capers Nursery and Ethel Austin.

Shortlisted companies had to prove to judges that people with learning disabilities are in paid employment with the same terms and conditions as other staff members; there is a culture of natural workplace support paying attention to retention and promotion as well as recruitment of people with learning disabilities; there is a willingness to participate in workplace training for existing staff to support colleagues with learning disabilities and where required, there is a record of adjustments made to the job and the physical surroundings to accommodate employees’ needs and eliminate barriers to work.

This year’s award ceremony will take place on Thursday, November 3 at the Touchbase Business Centre in Glasgow, when winners will be announced for both the small and large business categories.