01 October 2021

Independent UK law firm Burges Salmon has been recognised for its outstanding contribution to Bristol's Stepping Up Diversity programme. The award was presented at Burges Salmon’s office by Cllr Asher Craig, Deputy Mayor on Thursday 30 September 2021.

Burges Salmon is acknowledged for playing a vital role in supporting the programme since its inception in 2018 and the firm is delighted to accept the Award, which reflects its diversity and inclusion approach that is integral to the firm’s strategy.

Programme Director and architect of Stepping Up, (Prof) Christine Bamford, comments: "Burges Salmon has supported Stepping Up's Diversity Leadership programme since the very start, back in 2018. Truly Stepping Up would not have happened without the support of business leaders’ commitment to offering in-kind support of venues and mentors."

Robert Halton, Chief People Officer, Burges Salmon adds: “People are at the very heart of our business; they provide us with our distinctiveness and drive our culture. A culture where people can thrive, be themselves at work and contribute to our inclusive community. Developing a culture where people are respected, can give their best not only makes business sense but it’s the right thing to do.”

Stepping Up is now in its 4th year. 300 diverse leaders have graduated or due to graduate, 170 have secured new roles or set up their own business. In 2021 100 Mentors from all sectors offered their time to support a Stepping Up or Horumar Somali Woman participant. Participants from Gloucester and Bath have now joined Bristol to create a southwest eco-system of diverse leaders making a difference to the culture and economic growth or the region.

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