Posted on: November 11, 2016
On Wednesday 9th November we welcomed over 250 guests to our hotly anticipated annual Business Breakfast. Raising over £80,000 the event was the most successful yet.
Langdon Chairman Jonathan Joseph said; “Engaging the business world is crucial in terms of creating more opportunities for people with learning disabilities to be accepted, valued and utilised fully in the world of work.”
Special guest speaker Lord Daniel Finkelstein OBE served up a brilliant, stimulating, hot off the press speech about the (very!) newly elected US President Donald Trump.
Politics and public affairs aside, the real talking point throughout the whole event was of course Langdon, with particular focus on its commitment to supporting people into the workplace.
Langdon’s Breakfast Chairman, Jonathan Metliss said, “We are enormously grateful to those generous and visionary employers who provide opportunities to Langdon Members.”
Langdon’s prestigious Employer of the Year accolade was awarded to Stretton’s, a chartered surveyor firm who employs Jonathan, a young member of Langdon. Whilst accepting the award, Stretton’s Director Ben Tobin, said that; “employing a member from Langdon has completely changed our team morale – Jonathan is an excellent employee.”
Langdon Manchester Trustee Jonny Manson said; “Having been involved with Langdon for over 20 years, it delights me to see how work opportunities for people with learning disabilities have developed – 60% of Langdon members are in paid employment, compared to the national average of just 6%.”
The breakfast concluded with a moving appeal given by Langdon member Sarah Merriman, who appeared in Channel 4’s Kitchen Impossible last year, where Michelin-starred chef Michel Roux Jnr helped train her for a job in hospitality.
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