The LGBT+ Hub, established by Leeds City Council, has teamed up with Blacks Solicitors to form an Alliance of private sector businesses with the aim of supporting the community within the region.
The Alliance will pool the resources of local businesses to provide financial support, professional advice, charitable events and meeting spaces for the whole LGBT+ community. They will also offer peer support for SMEs, social enterprises and third sector organisations.
As part of the Alliance an LGBT+ Charter Mark scheme will also be created to identify and reward businesses and other services on achieving certain benchmarks on the LGBT+ inclusive agenda.
There has been staggering support so far from the local area and some of the businesses the Alliance have already signed up include Leeds Bradford Airport, Pinsent Masons, Mears Construction, DWF and Branded3, but they are still eager to talk to businesses who want to get involved and get behind the initiative.
Rob Wilson, Equality Project Manager for Leeds City Council, said: “Although we are still in the planning stages, this business alliance is already a very exciting prospect and one that will greatly benefit Leeds and the community as a whole.
“Once the Alliance is live we are hoping that lots of businesses throughout Leeds will rally behind it and join us.”
Family Lawyer Andrew Smith, from Blacks Solicitors, has also set up a free LGBT+ legal advice clinic. This runs on the last Monday of each month, from 2pm – 4pm at Blacks Solicitors’ offices in the heart of the city centre.
He added: “We are passionate about supporting the LGBT community so our clinic is open to everyone in the LGB and transgender+ community and will offer all kinds of support including guidance on employment law, assistance for individuals as well as commercial advice for businesses.”
For more information about the business alliance, the free advice clinic or anything else regarding member services, please contact Andrew Smith via email AJSmith@LawBlacks.com or call 0113 322 2807.