14 August 2019
The deadline for nominations for the first carer friendly awards has been extended.
The Carer Friendly Business Awards Birmingham are for businesses across the city which have contributed to supporting carers in their community and/or workplace.
The deadline to submit nominations has been extended to 5pm today (14 August).
To submit a nomination, click here.
Organisations and individuals who are carer friendly and regularly go above and beyond in their support for carers are being encouraged to enter.
Saqib (pictured), the youngest and first Muslim president of GBCC, has agreed to help determine the winners of the awards, which have been launched by Forward Carers.
Mr Bhatti, who is also a director at accountancy firm Younis Bhatti & Company, said: “One of my main focusses in my position as president of the Chamber of Commerce is to help champion small to medium businesses in improving working conditions for people who have other commitments outside of work, which may mean they need extra support.
“Businesses can be and are a force for good, which is why it’s crucial we promote flexible working and mental health support within the workplace.
“The role of being a carer is hugely demanding and very often many people don’t have a choice, so it was a huge honour to be asked to be part of the judging panel.
“These awards are a great way to promote the important role businesses have in supporting their staff.
“I urge Chamber members to apply for the awards as scooping a prize will be hugely prestigious and will give winning companies something to really shout about.”
Mr Bhatti joins Councillor Mary Locke, Philip Done, relationship manager at Ageing Better in Birmingham, a programme which aims to reduce loneliness and social isolation among people over 50 across the city, and carer Sylvia Johnson-Davis as part of the judging line-up.
Simon Fenton, the chief executive of Forward Carers, said: “We’re confident we have found the right balance of personal carer experience and business knowledge among our judging panel.
“It was crucial we found people who will be sympathetic to carers and can also recognise the importance of what these supportive companies are offering.”