About the award

In 2007, Leonard Cheshire Disability and Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou created the Stelios Award for Disabled Entrepreneurs in the UK.

As Sir Stelios put it himself on the launch of the award:

'I am very passionate about encouraging an enterprising spirit throughout British culture. Helping to remove the barriers that disabled people face in business is an important part of this.

'That is why I was keen to establish an award which gives disabled people an opportunity to showcase their ability rather than have them negatively judged by their disability.'

We agree. Disabled people in business experience disadvantage and discrimination everyday, largely through ignorance — this must change.

Leonard Cheshire Disability leads the way in enabling disabled people to succeed in business and in employment, and campaigns to challenge people to change the way they see disability.

Our partnership with Sir Stelios is helping the charity highlight the barriers disabled people face in the workplace and recognise the outstanding achievements of disabled entrepreneurs.