Author: Muminah Zafar

A company that makes and fits windows and doors in Erdington is actively employing and training people with disabilities. Three quarters of Shelforce’s employees have disabilities such as deafness, autism or learning disabilities and managers believe their workforce have helped drive their success and company ethos. Shelforce employees. (Credit: Howard Trotter) Around 14 million people in the UK have disabilities and according to the NHS, 23,800 people Birmingham have a learning disability. Safdar Thakur, is a production operative at Shelforce and is also deaf. He has worked 11 years for the company. He said: “Shelforce is a way of life…

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Monthly Muslim market. (Credit: Minstashop) Birmingham’s monthly market will be showcasing a variety of products sold by sellers from across the UK and Instagram-based businesses. Yasmin Choudhury, the market’s organiser, built the brand Muslim Instashop Expo, which started in 2019 and returned towards the end of 2021. She said: “I fill in 60 stalls. It’s very artisan, there are clothes, abayas, hand crafted things, woodwork, chocolate, personalised items, jewellery, soaps, and creams. “We have services that join us, tutors, mental health, and wellbeing services. “It’s suitable for all sorts of businesses, anything you can think of.” There are six remaining…

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