As the market leader in providing legendary food and drink experiences at some of the UK’s most significant sporting, arena and leisure venues, Levy UK + Ireland recognise that the food and hospitality industry has a responsibility to do more for the planet, the teams they work with and the communities they work in. And as part of their Diversity and Inclusion charter, Levy continuously strives to make the workplace a more inclusive environment. 

Creating a diverse and inclusive workplace

One of the initiatives that Levy is bringing in, is the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower. The Sunflower will support Levy in its drive to create an inclusive and diverse working environment by helping to develop awareness of invisible disabilities and remove barriers that may affect individuals with invisible disabilities across its business.

The Sunflower will enable all its employees to discreetly indicate that they have a non-visible disability and may need additional assistance, kindness, or simply a little more time.

The Sunflower lanyard is being made available to Levy employees that have an invisible disability at all of its partnerships. From the All England Tennis Club, football clubs such as Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspurs, to Twickenham, Wolves and Newbury Racecourse, Levy have prestigious partnerships in the world of sport. Arena partnerships include the O2, SSE Wembley Arena and Scottish Event Campus and Levy operate in some of Europe’s largest meeting spaces such as Excel London, QEII London and EICC. Key events partnerships include Goodwood and The Royal Windsor Horse Show. 

No one out, everyone in

Over the last few weeks, Levy have ensured that all its employees have received our bespoke Sunflower training. These Sunflower training modules have also been added to its portal so that existing and new employees have access to resources and information about the Sunflower.

Jon Davies, Managing Director at Levy UK+I, said:“Levy is proud to work with Hidden Disabilities Sunflower and support those living with a disability. We want to raise awareness around disabilities in the workplace, and partnering with an organisation like Hidden Disabilities Sunflower is the perfect place to start. Levy is a very inclusive business that want everyone to feel included as soon as they walk into our business. No one out, everyone in.”

This is a fantastic example of how the Sunflower can be used by organisations to extend its diversity and inclusion objectives and help underpin a disability inclusive workplace. The Sunflower also often acts as a catalyst to make workplaces more inclusive so that everyone can fully participate and contribute without attitudinal, social, virtual, or environmental barriers. It helps to challenge perceptions around non-visible disabilities and the unconscious bias that can often stands in the way of creating diverse, inclusive teams.

Culinary champions and beyond

Levy UK + Ireland is the sports and hospitality sector of Compass Group UK and Ireland.

Through strong client partnerships, Levy bespoke food concepts, service standards and pioneering design, implementing a guest-first approach and ongoing innovation at each venue. With a company-wide passion for food, Levy UK + Ireland creates menus and food experiences that feature fantastic seasonal dishes, with a strong focus on British ingredients.

Adopting the Sunflower builds on the Levy Cares charter with commitment towards the planet, towards its teams and towards the wider community in three key areas: health & wellbeing, environmental game changers and better for the world.

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