The National Diversity Awards Sponsors


Direct Line Group SPLDirect Line Group

Sponsor of the Positive Role Model Award for Gender

“At Direct Line Group, we are firmly focused on ensuring that our people continue to feel valued in an environment that welcomes and embraces difference, allowing everyone to develop and thrive. We know that having a diverse workforce not only brings in more talent, it increases the variety of thinking, enabling us to have a better understanding of our customers’ needs in an ever-changing Britain. The momentum is gathering pace, but there is more all businesses can do to pave the way for change. We are therefore honoured to be sponsoring the National Diversity Awards to celebrate the success of role models, businesses and organisations who are leading the way to true diversity and inclusion in our society.”


Sponsor of the Lifetime Achiever Award

At Microsoft, our mission is to enable people and businesses throughout the world to realise their full potential.



Sponsor of the Diverse Company Award

“MI5 are delighted to be Gold Sponsors again of the National Diversity Awards in 2017. Our purpose is to help keep the UK safe, which of course must drive everything we do. This includes recruiting and retaining the best talent from all parts of society, and ensuring this diverse mix of people is able to work together in an environment where everyone has the opportunity to thrive, whoever they are. We are pleased to be able to convey our ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion through our continued sponsorship of the Awards. As the UK’s largest awards of their kind, we view them as an important way of recognising and celebrating the important work being done across the country to tackle issues of inequality and discrimination to deliver opportunity for all.”



Sponsor of the Entrepreneur of Excellence Award

“GCHQ is delighted to be sponsoring The Entrepreneur of Excellence Award at the National Diversity Awards this year.

The National Diversity Awards are a great opportunity to showcase the amazing work in Diversity that is happening in the UK at the moment, and to take time to celebrate those successes.

GCHQ has a prestigious history full of pioneering people and being a the forefront of innovation and creative problem solving, so we’re proud to cheer on other Entrepreneurs of Excellence in their chosen fields.

At GCHQ we celebrate those who think different and help to make a difference in the UK and wider, so it’s fantastic to see the National diversity Awards doing the same.”


The Open University

Sponsor of the Positive Role Model Award for Disability

The Open University offers flexible part-time study, supported distance and open learning for undergraduate and postgraduate courses and qualifications.

The Army

Sponsor of the Positive Role Model Award for Race, Religion & Faith

Profile coming soon!


The Voice Magazine

The Voice Newspaper was founded in 1982 by Jamaican-born accountant, Val McCalla, who was awarded a grant from the Greater London Council to fund his business venture. The Voice newspaper campaigned for young Black Britons who faced discrimination.

Able Magazine

Highlights and promotes lifestyle issues important to disabled people in the UK.