Shining a light on the economic power of disabled people

On 3rd December (The International Day of Persons with Disabilities ) PurpleSpace, the networking and professional development hub for disabled employees are running their #PurpleLightUp campaign. Their goal is to bring people together to celebrate the economic power of disabled individuals across the globe.

PurpleSpace want everyone, organisations and businesses included, to “go purple” for the day. That means adopting purple workplace themes, wearing purple clothes, lighting up buildings with purple spotlights, or baking purple cakes for colleagues. They want to promote the colour as a symbol of the economic contribution of disabled employees.

At Concept Northern, we’re supporting the #PurpleLightUp campaign. Promoting inclusivity in business is important to us because it’s an integral part of what we do.

Supporting adjustments in the workplace

We help employees with a disability make positive changes to their working environment. Funding is available through Access to Work, the Department for Work and Pensions programme aimed at supporting people in employment. It pays for practical adjustments in the workplace like assistive equipment, coaching, adaptations to the office environment and even disability training for colleagues.

We’ve created a handy booklet which guides applicants through the process. There’s information for employees, employers and national training providers covering topics such as eligibility, available support and application guidance. Further help is also available directly from our Access to Work specialists.

Supporting Modern Apprentices

Modern Apprentices can also benefit from our expertise. We’ve helped young people take the first step in their employment journey, both in our own company and for training providers and employers across the country. People with dyslexia, dyspraxia, Autism Spectrum Disorder, hearing difficulties, mobility challenges or visual impairments can all benefit from the advantages which assistive technology has to offer. Paired with specialist training, this technology can materially improve the Modern Apprenticeship experience and underpin successful outcomes.

Supporting career development

Our focus on helping people with a disability succeed in business also extends to our online training programmes and qualifications. “Skills to Support Your Dyslexia in the Workplace” – our unique dyslexia-training programme accredited by City&Guilds – gives young people with literacy and organisational challenges the skills and confidence to perform key workplace-based tasks. For those with management aspirations, our ILM Leadership & Management qualifications are a great way of developing the skills demanded for leading others in business. Both feature resources designed especially for assistive-technology users including bite-sized lessons, interactive modules and handy tips for integrating key applications into study and work routines.  

From our work over the last 20 years helping people with a disability, we know that positive change often requires knowledge and understanding. Encouraging awareness of disability is part of that process. It involves shining a light on the key issues affecting disabled people.

On December 3rd, try and make it a purple one.




For more on #PurpleLightUp, visit –

To access our handy Access to Work application guide –

For our Skills to Support Your Dyslexia in the Workplace information visit

For our ILM Leadership and Management qualifications visit

If you’d like to speak to an Access to Work advisor directly, please contact Alan Taylor on 01355 573173 or by email to