Enabling Small and Medium Enterprises through Diversity and Inclusion

  • When? 20 June 2024 - 20 June 2024 , 12:00-16:00
  • Where? National Brownfield Institute, Cambridge Street, Wolverhampton, UK

Event Overview

Our first 'Enabling Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)' event will examine how SMEs can provide suitable and welcoming workplace environments for disabled people through inclusive digitalisation. Our project ‘Manufacturing a better world’ has been investigating inclusive digitalisation by exploring both first-hand accounts of disabled people’s use of digital technology in manufacturing, and experts' views. Many SMEs face skills gaps and challenges in attracting and retaining talent, and this session will provide advice on how businesses can diversify their workforce and attract new talent into manufacturing.


Who is this event for?

The event is primarily for manufacturing SMEs who want to create a diverse and inclusive working environment in general, and for disabled staff in particular. However, SMEs in other industries, local authority representatives and industry associations are welcome to join us in developing the conversation around inclusive manufacturing.


How will this event benefit participants?

  • Expert advice on designing and implementing inclusive policies and practices in the workplace
  • Technical insights on the inclusive use of digital technology in working environment
  • The opportunity to co-create inclusive technology design through sharing and discussing best practices and policies


Research team and event hosts

Dr Marisa Smith, Reader, Strategy and Innovation, University of Strathclyde

Dr Eun Sun Godwin, Senior Lecturer, Management and Organisation, University of Wolverhampton

Professor Nigel Caldwell, Professor, Operations and Supply Management, London Metropolitan University

Dr John Oyekan, Senior Lecturer, AI and automation, University of York

Dr Sebastian Pattinson, Associate Professor, Manufacturing and AI, University of Cambridge