‘Our Network was set up as an informal group in 2017. I was originally involved in setting it up. It’s something I am extremely passionate about and felt it was something that the business was missing, and colleagues could benefit from.
When we started the group, we attended Student Pride and, in talking to other companies there, it became clear that as a business it would be something we could really make a difference in.
We soon formed a committee and had a launch event where over 150 colleagues attended. Over the years we have developed a Network that is made by employees for employees. We attend and support Birmingham Pride and celebrate important dates such as National Coming Out Day. The network has become an integral part of the business which is a real testimony to its importance. We are also Stonewall Diversity Members which has allowed us as a business, to become more inclusive for LGBTQ+ colleagues.
Pride was really the first of our many networks to be set up within the business and getting involved in it has made me hugely passionate about my role in D & I. All our networks help colleagues meet other people in the business that you otherwise may not get the opportunity to meet.
There are some super passionate people involved across the business and it’s amazing what you can achieve with a small group of likeminded colleagues.
Working from home during lockdown has had its challenges but we have kept our networks together with virtual events such as Lunch & Learns – which are open to the whole business, and we encourage Allyship so that anyone can join any network and find out more.’