Inclusion Fund Awards
Inclusion Fund Awards for businesses in Scotland championing diversity
We have awarded four Scottish businesses with strong inclusive growth plans £25k worth of commercial airtime from our Inclusion Fund.
We welcome Scottish businesses with strong inclusive growth plans and who are keen to kickstart or invigorate their marketing campaigns to get in touch.
Our 2023 winners
Dates n Mates
Scotland’s first friendship and dating agency run by and for adults with a learning disability. The organisation, which operates in Glasgow, Renfrewshire, Aberdeen, Falkirk and Stirling, believes everyone has the right to live a life free of discrimination and to develop friendships and relationships of their choosing.
Freedom One Life
Glasgow-based manufacturer of powered wheelchairs, from concept to production, which was founded by a power-chair user who experienced disappointment with the products that were available to him on the market at the time.
Scone-based manufacturer and retailer of ethical, supportive and comfortable non-wired underwear and swimwear. Founded by Kirsty Lunn, who is neurodivergent and used to struggle to find a bra that worked for her sensory needs, the company creates sustainable products and offers an inclusive size range.
Provider of innovative financial programmes for individuals, workplaces, schools and community groups, which offers tailored programmes that help migrants and ethnic minorities to improve productivity and financial wellbeing.
“To hear we had been shortlisted for the STV Inclusion Award was such a surprise for our Charity. It was a great experience being able to share the work we deliver in the application and then with the panel. We are super excited to start our journey with STV, this is such a great opportunity for our organisation and adults with a learning disability in Scotland.” – Carolyn Dick, Regional Lead, Dates n Mates
“As a Scottish company who lives and breathes diversity and inclusion, we were thrilled to find out about STV’s Inclusion Fund, we quickly applied and found the application process to be inclusive and enjoyable. We can’t wait to start working with STV to deliver a dynamic campaign across Scotland!” – Alex Papanikolaou, Founder, Freedom One Life.
“I am thrilled and honoured that MoneyMatiX received the STV Inclusion Fund award, which recognizes our dedication to diversity and inclusion. The straightforward selection process and diverse judging panel were impressive, and it’s great to see anchor organizations like STV investing in this important issue. This award will make a significant difference in advocating for a more equitable and inclusive future for all.” – Tynah Matembe, Founder and CEO, MoneyMatiX Ltd
“We are over the moon to be working with STV!! As a small independent Scottish brand, being able to advertise in Scotland and let people know about the amazing things that are happening here, is really exciting. To be recognised for our stance on diversity and inclusion makes it even better. The application process was clearly defined and easy to do and we are very much looking forward to what comes next.” – Kirsty Lunn, Creative Director, Molke
This year's panel of judges:
STV’s Diversity and Inclusion Advisor and Managing Director of the Challenge Consultancy, which supports some of the UK’s leading brands and organisations to develop inclusive practice.
CEO of Scottish EDGE, a competition aimed at identifying and supporting Scotland’s up-and-coming, innovative, high growth entrepreneurial talent.
a Transformational Coach, Radio and Podcast Presenter, Board Member of Scottish Women Inventing Music (SWIM) and former Marketing Chief at DF Concerts.
Mike Adams OBE
CEO of Purple, a cutting edge, disability led organisation that is changing the disability conversation highlighting the value, contribution and advantage disability can bring to business and society.
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