Posted by OBI Property

Posted 2 October, 2017 OBI NEWS

OBI Property has teamed up with Allied London, developer of Enterprise City (ECUK) to host an event to discuss diversity in the workplace and its effect on business growth.  The event takes place from 7.30am – 9.30am on Thursday 12 October at ECUK (at the former Granada Studios site, Studio 8, 2 Atherton Street, Manchester M3 3GS.

OBI Property has brought together a panel of key business figures to share their thoughts and draw from their own real-life experience on why the issue is so relevant. The discussion will also cover the short and long-term practices needed to help overcome barriers to fostering a diverse workforce and also the huge benefits to be gained from doing so.

The panelists are:

Kirsty Styles – Talent and Skills Lead, Tech North (chair)
Naomi Timperley – Director and Co-Founder, Tech North Advocates
Kirsty Devlin – Business Development Manager, Webantic
Vimla Appadoo – Service Designer, Department for Work & Pensions
Mylo Kaye – Chief Executive, Dreamr
Joe Averill, OBI Property said: “Diversity is a key issue facing Manchester businesses, particularly those experiencing fast growth. Is Manchester in danger of becoming pale, male and stale – and how do we stop that from happening? Our challenging event will be asking its audience and panelists some uneasy questions of themselves as we explore and address diversity.”

The discussion will question whether it is opinions formed at school age or work place culture creating the issues? Are we going to be able to break through stigma and develop a healthy workplace which embraces both differences and similarities of any individual?

Daisy Barnes, Allied London which is delivering Enterprise City, said:  “We’ve got some big plans when it comes to how ECUK can support diversity in Manchester over the coming 12 months. Diversity is something everyone needs to be positively supporting, not just because without it the city is missing out on major talent, but because it makes business sense too.

“A McKinsey report from February 2015 conclusively found companies in the top quartile for racial and ethnic diversity were 35 percent more likely to have higher financial returns than their respective national industry medians. Similarly companies in the top quartile for gender diversity are 15 percent more likely to have financial returns above their respective national industry medians too.

“This event intends to put diversity on the discussion table again. This is something that we’ll continue to talk about until we’re confident that we’ve done everything we can to support it.”

To attend the event simply email Joe Averill at OBI Property – [email protected]