JUST Lincolnshire played a pivotal role as a partner in the delivery of Boston College's Employers Open for Business project, aimed at supporting employers to recognise the business benefits and gains by advancing equality and diversity in the workplace. ​In all 10 businesses participated in the project representing a wide and diverse range of sectors including a multi-national construction company, an international food processing company, a hair salon and a residential care home to name but a few.

As part of the project, JUST Lincolnshire and the participating employers made an inspiring and thought provoking trip to the Holocaust Centre in Newark where we discussed aspects of discrimination and intolerance and the suffering it brings to individuals and communities.

The project culminated with a conference attended by many Lincolnshire businesses. A unique and innovative part of the conference saw JUST Lincolnshire’s General Manager and three of its Directors sitting on a panel taking questions from the audience and having frank discussions on a range of equality and diversity issues, all from a business perspective.

David Stanbridge, owner of Cley Hall Hotel and one of the employers who took part in the project, perfectly summed up the feeling of those who took part “The project has helped small businesses such as ourselves focus on how applying equality and diversity in the workplace can bring positive benefits to our staff and customers. Employers have a corporate responsibility to put something back in society and this is something we embrace in all our staff here at Cley Hall Hotel.”