We have 2 directors: myself (I am registered blind and have a guide dog called Darcy) as well as Dyslexia and my partner Karren has severe Dyslexia.
We have recently launch our own not for profit social enterprise that aims to support employers to recruit and retain the skills of the 1 million disabled people looking for work. We work with employers to bust the many myths around employing disabled people and promote the many benefits. We also run free workshops for disabled people on the 'facts of life' within the recruitment process.
We know our strengths and that is supporting disabled people using our own lived experience and our professional expertise having carried out similar roles within the public service. We are both very good at it.
COVID has been particularly hard, the nature of our work is face to face by default and as such after launching in February 2020 our opportunities drained very quickly as it did with many businesses. This has meant that finances have been VERY limited and we have not as yet made any profit even though we have invested over £6,000 of our own money to keep the business afloat.
We also know our weaknesses:
Accountancy: With both of us having dyslexia and my visual impairment, numbers are a particular challenge. We do basic book keeping but need support with tax returns etc.
Social medial marketing: SEO, blogging and online presence are also very challenging and we are not making any effective use of the services that are available to us due to the many 'accessibility' barriers we face.
Web design: I have had a crack at it, www.breasonable.co.uk, and as you can see it's pretty poor.
We just need to get the basics right so that we can start to run our social enterprise to the benefit of the disabled community.