Universal Inclusion Launches Digital Platform Showcasing Inclusive Entrepreneurs
By: Universal Inclusion
The event took place during November's Global Entrepreneurship Month and introduced a digital platform and marketplace showcasing businesses by Inclusive Entrepreneurs. UK-based Universal Inclusion has been working in Inclusive Entrepreneurship since 2009. It is led by Jacqueline Winstanley FRSA, Founder and CEO, who also heads up the Inclusive Entrepreneurs Programme and Network (https://www.universalinclusion.co.uk/
As host and executive producer, Jacqueline explained why Inclusive Entrepreneurship is important in achieving the 2030 Agenda, the Paradigm Shift and in evidencing the commitment to the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). She said, "Inclusive Entrepreneurship is essential in creating an environment where people who face barriers to work are no longer seen as tax/care burdens, but as participating citizens contributing to the economy."
Inclusive Entrepreneurs face many challenges, including access to practical in-work support, finance and innovation.This is made worse by a general lack of understanding of how they navigate their working lives.
Jacqueline continued, "The network provides business support which incorporates managing health and wellbeing. The community showcases their incredible achievements and I am delighted that we have now also the digital marketplace for their businesses to grow and thrive."
Delegates were addressed by the UN Global Goodwill Ambassador Carol Ann Whitehead FRSA, Helene Martin Gee, Pink Shoe Founder and President, and Olivia Gallagher, T33 Wheelchair Racer and Ability Today Ambassador. Panel Speakers included Grant Logan from Ability Today, Ayesha Gavin from Ayesha Communications, Stephen Hopwood from Swift and Sure, Lady Sharon Farley-Mason from Glamsticks and James Holt, Musician, Aaron Hornback of Horizon Health Network, Carol Ann Whitehead, John Kiehl of SoundTrack Group and Emanuel 'Manny' Perlman of Destination Peace.
In concluding, Jacqueline stressed the Call to Action, "We have a blueprint for Inclusive Entrepreneurship that works and the evidence to demonstrate it. However, in order to extend its reach, we recommend policy makers:
• Enable the Paradigm Shift in Government Policy
• Allow for early identification and implementation of support
• Provide direct access to personal advisors
• Provide training on management of support
• Ensure there is continued support for personal care
• Ensure the award contains support for compliance areas
• Allow easy access to mental health support and holistic therapies
• Ensure equity within access to finance."
The Inclusive Entrepreneur Programme and Digital Platform are pivotal to Universal Inclusion's mission to make entrepreneurship open and easily accessible to all.