Founder, Patchwork

I’d been speaking to Nova Reid, for a while trying to work out when we could commit to her Diversity and Inclusion Programme and how I would pay for it given our shoestring budgets and existing commitments. And then I heard myself apologising to Nova about how the project ‘kept slipping down the list’ and the full force of this statement hit me. BAME people are always ‘put to the bottom of the list’ in life and in business and until we decide to put diversity and inclusion at the top of the list things aren’t going to change. We’d actually just had the worst month and now was exactly the ‘worst’ time to commit but I decided to pay up and book the session on the spot.

Investing in Nova Reid’s Diversity and Inclusion programme has been one of the most important, rewarding and empowering things we’ve done as a business