Social Enterprise Disability Employment
Mark Holders

Find out more about the pioneering businesses supporting disabled people to find and maintain meaningful employment

Social Enterprise Disability Employment MarkThe Social Enterprise Disability Employment Mark has been designed specifically to recognise businesses that provide extra employment support for disabled and otherwise disadvantaged people, who face the greatest barriers to work.

This unique new accreditation was launched in April 2019, with the below organisations leading the way as exemplar employers, committed to providing valuable support to those people that encounter the greatest barriers to work, enabling them to find and maintain meaningful employment.

Social Enterprise Disabiity Employment Mark committed statusThe below organisations have been awarded SEDEM ‘Committed’ status, which signals their commitment to working towards achieving the full ‘Approved’ status:

Find out more about these pioneering social enterprises below.


Realise Futures employees
Watford Workshop employees
MTIB employees

Britain’s Bravest Manufacturing Company

Britain's Bravest Manufacturing Company logo

Britain’s Bravest Manufacturing Company (BBMC) is a social enterprise which directly employs over 100 people, more than 70% of whom are veterans, have a disability or both.

BBMC manufactures a range of products for both the public and private sector. This generates almost £6m in revenue, meaning that even more employment opportunities are available for injured or impaired ex-forces personnel and people with disabilities and health conditions.

BBMC is a division of Royal British Legion Industries (RBLI). Established in 1919, RBLI is an independent national charity aiming to provide employment, training and support to members and veterans of the British Armed Forces, their families and dependents; as well as those with a disability or health condition and those who have been long term unemployed.


BBMC employees in factory

“As a socially-thriving, commercial enterprise now in its 100th year of providing crucial employment support to injured veterans and people with disabilities, we are immensely proud to have been awarded the Social Enterprise Disability Employment Mark.

This mark is the recognition of our commitment to improve the lives of people in need of support, each and every day.”

Geoff StreetleyManaging Director, Britain’s Bravest Manufacturing Company

Ozzie - CLARITY & Co. employee
CLARITY brands

CLARITY & Co.

CLARITY & Co. logo

CLARITY & Co. is a not-for-profit social enterprise that is committed to providing meaningful employment and training for blind, visually impaired, disabled and otherwise disadvantaged people.

They see the greatness in every person and want people with disabilities to have the chance to show their greatness off in the workplace. After all, so many employers believe that people with disabilities can’t do the job of a person without disabilities. CLARITY & Co. is proof that they absolutely can. This was the belief of their founder, Elizabeth Gilbert, whose own blindness inspired her vision of work for all. They don’t see disability, they see workability because work lifts lives; raising self-esteem, increasing confidence and building independence. And that’s what CLARITY & Co. work for – every working day.

Sareet - CLARITY & Co. employeeAs England’s oldest social enterprise dating back to 1854, each year CLARITY & Co. creates upwards of 10,000 days of work for people with disabilities – people just like Sareet, pictured here hand-cutting soap bars.

What’s more, they are able to quantify exactly how many of these working hours are created for their diverse workforce by sales of their household, bath and beauty brands. For example:

  • a 5-litre container of luxury, ethical The Soap Cọ. hand wash equates to 2 hours work generated
  • a 5-litre container of the playful and fun,  BECO. foaming and water-saving hand wash creates 1 hours work
  • a 5- litre container of the everyday, trusted CLARITY hand wash creates 30 minutes work

The new BECO. brand is on sale in a number of high-street retailers including Waitrose, Sainsbury’s and the Co-op. The Soap Co. can be found in prestigious stores including John Lewis and The Conran Shop – with more exciting announcements to follow soon.


“For us, carrying the Social Enterprise Disability Employment Mark is vital. As business procurement is changing to reflect meaningful CSR strategies around eco-ethical issues, it is great to be clearly recognised as a leading disability employer – helping to bridge the gap that sees disability underemployment at unacceptably high levels.

“We are making great progress penetrating the business supply chain with our brands and our high-street presence is growing rapidly as we bring new products on board that create positive environmental and social impact. In these ways, we are having both a direct and indirect impact on what is a very competitive market and the Social Enterprise Disability Employment Mark brings further meaningful credibility.”

Camilla Marcus-DewHead of Sustainable Growth, CLARITY & Co.

Haven Products Ltd

Haven Products logo

Haven Products is a social enterprise; the unique attribute being that the majority of their highly skilled workforce comprises disabled and disadvantaged adults.

Haven offers high quality services and solutions to businesses in the areas of External and Internal Signage: Data Scanning: Textile manufacturing and Workwear: Printing and Mailing.

Haven offers a competitive, professional and sustainable alternative to mainstream suppliers, and is actively looking for new contracts of all sizes.

“We are pleased to be involved with this new Mark. It underlines our commitment to providing sustainable employment and development opportunities to disadvantaged people.”

David KerrBusiness Development Manager, Haven Products Ltd

MTIB employees

MTIB

MTIB logo

MTIB (Merthyr Tydfil Institute for the Blind) is a charity set up in the 1920’s to support blind miners in South Wales. Since it has developed into a progressive and innovative pan-disability organisation, which now not only employs over 50 staff at their HQ and Supported Business Manufacturing Unit in Merthyr Tydfil, but also supports over 200 disabled and disadvantaged people annually to move closer to and into employment.

Over 90% of their staff have a disability or health condition and they actively promote the work of Supported Businesses and the route into work these businesses offer nationally.

MTIB is a Disability Confident Leader as well as holding both Matrix and IIP accreditations, where they use their status as a Leader in the Sector to promote and encourage organisations to employ a diverse workforce.


“We are proud to take up the Social Enterprise Disability Employment Mark, which demonstrates and validates the quality of our work in supporting disabled and disadvantaged people into employment.

We see the development of a dedicated Supported Employment Mark as a positive step forward for the sector.”

Richard WelfootCEO, MTIB

Realise Futures CIC

Realise Futures logoRealise Futures CIC is a hybrid company operating across Suffolk and Essex, combining commercial trade of products and services alongside work placements, employment and training opportunities.

The primary aim of the business is to improve and promote the economic and social wellbeing of those who are disadvantaged and/or disabled.

The company is organised in three divisions:

  • RF Works (six distinct Social Business)
  • Learning & Development
  • Employment

Together they provide professional and tailored opportunities that support people to realise their potential. 66% of employees within the RF Works Social Business division have a declared disability.

Realise Futures: Enhancing people’s lives.


Realise Futures employees

“Achieving this new quality mark supports the commitment of Realise Futures to embedding best practice in employing and supporting people with disabilities and/or disadvantages and demonstrates to all our customers that we are committed to deliver social value.”

Jane SuttonBusiness Systems Director, Realise Futures CIC

Watford Workshop employees
Watford Workshop employee

Watford Workshop

Watford Workshop logo

Watford Workshop has been providing hand packing outsource solutions to customers across the UK and worldwide for over 55 years. These projects vary from retail reworks, promotional packing, electrical assembly to simple packing or direct mail collation.

However, Watford Workshop is no ordinary workplace. It has an extra ordinary workforce. By providing employment, work and life skills training to adults with disabilities, Watford Workshop gives an opportunity to gain work experience, independence, confidence, dignity and respect and where possible, a transition into mainstream employment.

By providing mixed ability adults with Work Experience, Skills Training and Employment, Watford Workshop helps them to achieve greater independence, become more integrated into the community and where possible move them on to mainstream employment.


“We are very proud to be one of the first to gain the Social Enterprise Disability Employment Mark. During the application process, we realised how modest we were about our achievements. Completing this has been a great exercise in truly recognising the fantastic work that we do for adults with disabilities and holding this Mark, confirms this.

Gill NightingalePartnership Manager, Watford Workshop

Yateley Industries

Yateley Industries logo

Yateley Industries works to sustain and increase the opportunities for people with disabilities in rewarding employment, both in its internal employment opportunities and in mainstream work. Having an occupation which is fulfilling enables people with disabilities to be a valued and integral part of society.

Yateley Industries operates one of the few remaining supported factories that help vulnerable adults to do paid meaningful work and training intended to help progress them into mainstream employment.

It also provides a contract packing/assembly service for several local businesses, using specialised packing and cutting machines for shrink wrapping hardware. Other projects have included packing hair care products, assembling vehicle lighting components and small motor parts, bottling glue, labelling CDs and mailshots as well as packing car accessories.



“Yateley Industries is passionate about supporting our customers to achieve the very best they can, and providing a quality service is central to our customers achieving that.

The Social Enterprise Disability Employment Mark is an invaluable tool, which provides us with a framework not only to test ourselves, but to give us impartial feedback to enable us to continually improve our operations.

Linda MatthewsCEO, Yateley Industries

Pluss

Pluss logo

Pluss is an award-winning Community Interest Company that supports thousands of people each year to achieve a career and fulfil their true potential.

With a proven track record spanning over 45 years, they deliver a range of nationally and locally procured employment programmes on behalf of the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP), ESF, Big Lottery Fund, Local Authorities and the NHS.

Pluss’ employment operations help jobseekers who need the most specialist support to find work. Their enterprise operations run alongside to create direct employment opportunities in a wide range of job roles.

Pluss has been awarded Social Enterprise Disability Employment Mark ‘Committed’ status, which means they have committed to working towards achieving full approved status within an agreed timeframe.