2023 Student Conference Exhibitors

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The Black Apprentice Network aims to create a vibrant community of apprentices of African and Caribbean Descent where they can learn, connect and grow together.

BAN also seeks to improve communities built for African/Caribbean apprentices. We want to be a space for growth, a space for sharing experiences and a space for collaboration for apprentices.

We strive not merely engage with apprentices, but impact their professional lives through this community. We want to see profoundly impact whoever engages with us.

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We’re one of the world’s leading communications services companies. The solutions we sell are integral to modern life. Our purpose is as simple as it is ambitious: we connect for good. There are no limits to what people can do when they connect. And as technology changes our world, connections are becoming even more important to everyday life

Today, that’s truer than ever. The connections we make are helping solve the world’s biggest challenges such as the global pandemic, climate change and cyber security. Through the power of technology, we’re supporting customers to live, work and play together better.

Inclusion Aims

Whether you’re getting ready for the world of work or supporting someone who’s starting their career, there are many ways that BT can help.

We offer a huge range of opportunities for school-leavers and graduates as well as people looking for change of career direction. It’s a chance to gain hands-on experience in one of the world’s leading tech companies.

You’ll learn from the best, unlock your potential awards and start building a brilliant career.

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Canopius is a global speciality (re)insurer with operations in Australia, Bermuda, Singapore, the UK, the US, Malaysia (Labuan) and China (through Lloyd’s China). We are privately owned and are proud to offer an independent view of risk – our expert people ask the difficult questions so that our clients get exactly the solutions they need.

Inclusion Aims

Canopius is committed to achieving equality of opportunity both as a global employer of people and as a provider of services to our clients. Equality, diversity and inclusion is a golden thread which weaves through all our corporate ambitions and values.

At Canopius, our intention is for our colleagues to flourish, irrespective of where they are from. To meet this aim, we must continue to understand the evolving needs of our colleagues and our clients and make a positive and lasting impact on the communities in which we operate and serve. We have set ambitious objectives to ensure we continue creating a culture which increases the awareness of how inclusion and diversity impact every area of our business, from attracting and retaining a balanced workforce to ensuring that we are bringing in the skills and mindsets needed to sustain Canopius for the future.

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Our mission at Hachette UK is to make it easy for everyone to discover new worlds of ideas, learning, entertainment and opportunity.

We are one of the UK’s largest publishing groups, with 12 autonomous divisions and over 50 imprints with a rich and diverse history. We are the market leader in e-books and publish a range of bestsellers in audio format, the fastest growing part of our business.

We publish thousands of new books across the group every year and our authors include Michael Connelly, Alice Oseman, John Grisham, Val McDermid, Stephen King, Stieg Larsson, Nelson Mandela, Stephenie Meyer, Ian Rankin, J.K. Rowling and Malala Yousafzai.

Our award-winning adult publishing divisions are Little, Brown, Orion, John Murray Press, Dialogue Books, Hodder & Stoughton, Headline, Quercus, Bookouture and Octopus. Hachette Children’s Group publishes a diverse range of books for children of all ages and Hodder Education is a market leader in resources for both primary and secondary schools. In 2022, we welcomed Paperblanks, the second-largest premium stationery brand in the world, to our group.

We have offices around the UK, including our headquarters in London and the Hely Hutchinson Centre (HHC) for distribution in Didcot. We have subsidiaries in several other regions, including Australia, India, Ireland, Jamaica and New Zealand.

Inclusion Aims

Our mission at Hachette UK is to make it easy for everyone to discover new worlds of ideas, learning, entertainment and opportunity. As a Publisher with a reputation as a leader in Equality, Diversity & inclusion through our Changing the Story pillar, our aim is to demystify publishing and have a workforce and publishing that fully reflects our society and readers.

We also have a responsibility to promote equality, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in all aspects of our business. To achieve this, here are some of our aims and focus of EDI at Hachette UK.

Increasing representation: We want to increase the representation of underrepresented groups in all areas of our publishing, including authors, editors, and publishers and remove all barriers to entry for all.

Creating a welcoming environment through our policies and practices: A sense of belonging and inclusion is key to creating a welcoming environment for all employees, regardless of their background.

Promoting diverse content: We are publishing and promoting diverse content that reflects the experiences of underrepresented groups, for example through our publishing divisions such as Dialogue and prizes such as our THRIVE network initiative ‘Grow Your Story’ which is a fiction development programme for writers from Black, and Asian backgrounds.

Providing mentorship and support: We offer mentorship programmes to our employees from underrepresented groups to help them thrive and succeed in the industry. This includes our Diverse Future leaders programme and our leading publishing traineeship both of which connects them with mentors who can provide guidance and support.

Creating partnerships: We are committed to promoting EDI through our programmes. To achieve this we have partnered with organisations such as Creative Access, which helps us to recruit exceptional talent from under-represented groups for our traineeship programme. This programme focuses on making publishing more accessible to under-represented groups, as part of our ‘Changing the Story’ vision for diversity and inclusion. We have also partnered with Springpod who supported our virtual work experience for 15-18 year olds, giving them an opportunity to learn about the industry. Additionally, we are supporting ACEN’s Black Student Conference. Partnering with these organisations will enable us to achieve our mission.

By promoting equality, diversity, and inclusion, we can ensure that everyone has an equal opportunity to succeed and contribute to our people, publishing, outreach and industry.

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Why do we stand out?

Meet the firm that’s defined by difference. Our network of 2,800 lawyers are constantly challenging themselves, working on projects that enable innovation for prestigious clients; on cases that disrupt and shape legal precedent. Across 46 global locations, working seamlessly, as one team.

No better platform to start from.

What does our global reach mean for you? Exposure to exciting, headline-grabbing legal projects as we innovate to deliver successful results for our clients. Join us, and you’ll develop a deep understanding of our bold and evolving approach to creating valuable global solutions, as you learn from a network of global lawyers who will encourage you to see things differently. Not only that, you’ll also tap into a broad range of practice groups here, which include: Corporate and Finance, Global Regulatory and Intellectual Property Media and Technology, and Litigation Arbitration and Employment.

Inclusion Aims

Our vision for Hogan Lovells is to make a meaningful, positive impact for everyone at our firm by fostering an inclusive culture, and to establish ourselves as a market and thought leader in diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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NHBC is the UK’s leading independent provider of warranty and insurance for new-build homes. Our purpose is to raise standards in house building by championing high-quality homes and protecting homeowners.

We do this through training and quality services and by assessing, inspecting and directly insuring new homes registered with us.

As the market leader, our name is synonymous with new home warranty and insurance. We achieve this by having the right people in the right roles.

Inclusion Aims

Our aim is for our people to bring their true, authentic self to work and we are continuing to build an ever more inclusive workplace.

Our passionate and dedicated employees mean everything to us and we are committed to developing and holding onto our very best talent.

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Wunderman Thompson, part of WPP, one of the world’s largest advertising companies, is a creative, data, and technology agency built to inspire growth for its clients.

At Wunderman Thompson we exist to inspire growth for ambitious brands.

Part creative agency, part consultancy and part technology company, our experts provide end-to-end capabilities at a global scale to deliver inspiration across the entire brand and customer experience.

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Wipers Youth is a social enterprise that has been delivering voluntary youth work with young people in the community since 2009 and was officially incorporated in November 2014. Our organisation is dedicated to helping young people to have a clearer vision for a safer journey throughout their childhood and adolescent years. Our projects seek to engage with individuals by teaching them new skills and encouraging them to participate in morale building activities that enhance their personal development skills, increase their self¬-esteem and confidence and give them a sense of empowerment. This increases their likelihood of accessing employment, education & training opportunities and gives them a platform to progress and achieve. We are currently providing a range of work experience and employability pathway opportunities in partnership with our local community and corporate stakeholders across many different areas from agriculture, construction, engineering to business administration and sales.