Employing people: other advisory services

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Acas: The Independent Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service

Acas aims to improve organisations and working life through better employment relations. It provides impartial advice, training, information and a range of problem resolution services.
Telephone: 08457 47 47 47 (Monday–Friday: 08:00–20:00;Saturday: 09:00–13:00)
Website: www.acas.org.uk

Access to Work

Access to Work can help disabled people or their employers if their condition or disability affects the ease by which they can carry out their job or gain employment. It gives advice and support with extra costs which may arise because of certain needs.

Website: //www.gov.uk/access-to-work/overview

London, East England and South East England:
Telephone: 020 8426 3110
Email: atwosu.london@jobcentreplus.gsi.gov.uk

Wales, South West England, West Midlands and East Midlands:
Telephone: 02920 423 29
Email: atwosu.cardiff@jobcentreplus.gsi.gov.uk

Scotland, North West England, North East England and
Yorkshire and Humberside:
Telephone: 0141 950 5327
Email: atwosu.glasgow@jobcentreplus.gsi.gov.uk

Association of Disabled Professionals (ADP)

The ADP website offers, advice, support, resources and general information for disabled professionals, entrepreneurs and employers.
Website: www.adp.org.uk
Telephone: 01204 431638 (answerphone only service)
Fax: 01204 431638
Email: info@adp.org.uk


British Chambers of Commerce (BCC)

The BCC is the national body for a network of accredited Chambers of Commerce across the UK; each Chamber provides representation, services, information and guidance to its members.
Website: www.britishchambers.org.uk
Telephone: 020 7654 5800
Fax: 020 7654 5819
Email: info@britishchambers.org.uk

British Retail Consortium (BRC)

The BRC is a trade association representing a broad range of retailers. It provides advice and information for its members.
Website: www.brc.org.uk
Telephone: 020 7854 8900
Fax: 020 7854 8901

Business Disability Forum

Business Disability Forum is a not-for-profit member organisation that makes it easier and more rewarding to do business with and employ disabled people.
Website: www.businessdisabilityforum.org.uk

Business in the Community

Business in the Community mobilises businesses for good, working to improve businesses in terms of their responsibilities to both the local and global community, helping to work towards a sustainable future.
Website: www.bitc.org.uk
Telephone: 020 7566 8650
Email: information@bitc.org.uk
Twitter: @BITC1


Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)

The CIPD is Europe's largest human resources development professional body, with over 135,000 members. It supports and develops those responsible for the management and development of people within organisations.
Website: www.cipd.co.uk
Telephone: 020 8612 6208

Close the Gap Scotland

Close the Gap Scotland works to close the gender pay gap by working with companies and trade unions as well as carrying out research to illustrate the gender pay gap.
Website: www.closethegap.org.uk
Telephone: 0141 337 8131

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI)

The CBI is the UK's leading business organisation, speaking for some 240,000 businesses that together employ around a third of the private sector workforce.
Website: www.cbi.org.uk
Telephone: 020 7379 7400



EEF is a membership organisation which provides business services to help members manage people, processes, environment and more, so that members can meet their regulatory commitments.
Website: www.eef.org.uk
Telephone: 020 7222 7777
Fax: 020 7222 2782

Employers Forum on Age (EFA)

EFA is an independent network of leading employers who recognise the value of an age diverse workforce. In addition to supporting employers, the EFA influences Government, business and trade unions, campaigning for real practical change in preventing age discrimination at work and in the job market.

Telephone: 0845 456 2495
Email: efa@efa.org.uk


Federation of Small Businesses (FSB)

The FSB works to protect, promote, and further the interests of the self-employed and small business sector. It provides a range of member services.
Website: www.fsb.org.uk
Telephone: 01253 336 000
Fax: 01253 348 046


Gender Identity Research and Education Society (GIRES)

GIRES provides a wide range of information and training for Trans people, their families and professionals who care for them.
Website: www.gires.org.uk
Telephone: 01372 801 554
Fax: 01372 272 297
Email: info@gires.org.uk

Government Equalities Office (GEO)

The Government Equalities Office sits within The Home Office and is the Government department responsible for equalities legislation and policy in the UK.
Telephone: 0303 4440000


Health and Safety Executive (HSE)

The HSE provides information and guidance on health and safety.
Website: www.hse.gov.uk
Telephone: 08701 545 500
Email: hseinformationservices@natbrit.com


Investors in People (IiP)

IiP offers a business improvement tool designed to help all kinds of organisations develop performance through their people. It provides tailored assessments designed to support organisations in planning, implementing and evaluating effective strategies and is relevant for organisations of all sizes and sectors.
Website: www.investorsinpeople.co.uk
Telephone: 020 7467 1900
Email: info@investorsinpeople.co.uk


Mindful Employer

Mindful Employer provides information, advice and practical support for people whose mental health affects their ability to find or remain in employment, training, education and voluntary work.
Website: www.mindfulemployer.net
Telephone: 01392 208833
Email: info@mindfulemployer.net


Opportunity Now

Opportunity Now is a membership organisation representing employers who want to ensure inclusiveness for women, supporting their potential to be as economically active as men. Opportunity Now is part of Business in the Community.
Website: www.opportunity.org.uk
Telephone: 0207 566 8650


Press for Change (PfC)

PfC is a political lobbying and educational organisation. It campaigns to achieve equality and human rights for all Trans people in the UK through legislation and social change. It provides legal advice, training and consultancy for employers and organisations as well as undertaking commissioned research.
Website: www.pfc.org.uk
Telephone: 0161 432 1915 (10:00–17:00, Thursdays only until further notice)
Email: transequality@pfc.org.uk


Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health

The Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health works to improve the quality of life for people with mental health conditions. They carry out research, policy work and analysis to improve practice and influence policy in mental health as well as public services.
Telephone: 020 7827 8300
Email: contact@scmh.org.uk

Small Business UK

Small Business UK provides resources, products and services for small business owners and start-ups. It offers free online advice in the form of news articles, guides, tips and features to help people set up and run small businesses.
Website: www.smallbusiness.co.uk
Telephone: 020 7250 7010


Stonewall is the UK’s leading lesbian, gay and bisexual charity and carries out campaigning, lobbying and research work as well as providing a free information service for individuals, organisations and employers.
Website: www.stonewall.org.uk Telephone: 08000 50 20 20
Email: info@stonewall.org.uk


The Age and Employment Network (TAEN)

Shaw Trust runs The Age and Employment Network (TAEN), a dedicated resource for older people who are seeking work or who are already in work.
Website: www.shaw-trust.org.uk/Services/Fifty-Plus

TUC: the Trades Union Congress (England and Wales)

With 59 member unions representing over six and a half million working people, the TUC campaigns for a fair deal at work and for social justice at home and abroad.
Tel: 020 7636 4030
Website: www.tuc.org.uk

Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC)

Tel: 0141 337 8100
Email: info@stuc.org.uk
Website: www.stuc.org.uk


Working Families (Britain)

Working Families is a work-life balance organisation. Helping children, working parents and carers and their employers find a better balance between responsibilities at home and work.
Tel: 0800 013 0313
Email: office@workingfamilies.org.uk
Website: www.workingfamilies.org.uk


Aims to make the UK one of the most progressive economies in the world by encouraging the widespread adoption of smarter working practices. To gain better productivity and to balance work-life pressures.
Tel: 01252 311557
Email: enquiries@workwiseuk.org
Website: www.workwiseuk.org

Last updated: 19 Feb 2019

Further information

If you think you might have been treated unfairly and want further advice, you can contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service.

Phone: 0808 800 0082
Textphone: 0808 800 0084

You can email using the contact form on the EASS website.

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