ON 3RD JUNE 2021, OUTBRITAIN AND OUTSCOTLAND OFFICIALLY LAUNCHED IN EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND.
Matt Dabrowski (Founder) and Gareth Buchanan (Director of Diversity and Inclusion), welcomed viewers and contributors the world-over for the special occassion, explaining what the 'Out' brands offer and aim to achieve, and why LGBT+ diversity in supply chain management is so important.
Check out highlights from the launch event in the video link below.
Matt Dabrowski, founder of OutBritain and OutScotland, today guest starred on #Gay Barchives, Episode 28.
Joining host Art Smith, Matt shared an eclectic mix of his favourite places to grab a drink and dance over the years. Check it out via the video link below.
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND. OUTBRITAIN AND OUTSCOTLAND LAUNCH PRESS RELEASE
THE FOLLOWING WAS ISSUED TO PRESS AND NEWS AGENCIES IN THE UK AND ABROAD TODAY (1/6/21) AT 10:00AM (UK TIME). PLEASE NOTE THAT THE LAUNCH EVENT IS NOW IN THE PAST, AND HYPERLINKS TO THE REGISTRATION SITE HAVE BEEN REMOVED.
HEADLINE: An exciting new approach to LGBT+ equality in UK business / Launch of OutBritain and OutScotland
OutBritain and OutScotland Launch
In partnership with the Unites States National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC)
- On 3rd June 2021, OutBritain and OutScotland officially launch.
- By introducing LGBT Business Enterprise certification to LGBT+ majority owned businesses, the Out brands are bringing a greater focus to the importance of LGBT+ diversity in supply chain management and procurement in the UK.
- Join the ‘Out’ team and special guests from the United States National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) and a host of global LGBT Chambers’ of Commerce, as they embrace the launch of OutBritain and OutScotland.
- The OutBritain and OutScotland team will provide an overview of how the company and brands operate, what they have planned, and how businesses and individuals can benefit, and get involved.
This on-line launch event will be of particular interest to LGBT+ people and business owners, and those who want to work with the LGBT+ community.
Edinburgh, Scotland — OutBritain and OutScotland are the UK's newest LGBT+ business networks. Connecting, supporting and growing the UK LGBT+ business community, and uniting it with the rest of the world.
Achieving economic parity is a vital step in any equality movement. By bringing a greater focus to the value of LGBT+ diversity in procurement and supplier management in the UK, OutBritain and OutScotland are introducing a tried and trusted approach to the UK market - one that has already benefitted many LGBT+ people, LGBT+ owned businesses, and their allies, all over the world.
The ‘Out’ brands will:
- Introduce LGBT+ business certification to the UK for the first time
- Improve and facilitate economic opportunities for LGBT+ people and LGBT+ owned businesses in the UK
- Provide members with exclusive access to networking, learning and social events with our corporate partners, allies and LGBT+ owned members
THE 'OUT' PROPOSITION
LGBT+ owned companies are routinely sought out by businesses who want to work with the LGBT business community.
As the exclusive, third-party LGBT certification body in the UK, OutBritain will verify that eligible businesses are majority-owned by LGBT+ individuals, and grant LGBT Business Enterprise (LGBTBE ) accreditation.
By partnering with the United States National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) and other national and regional LGBT+ Chambers of Commerce and networking groups, OutBritain and OutScotland are connecting the UK’s LGBT+ businesses to the world’s largest LGBT+ business network.
OutBritain is the exclusive, independent, certification body that verifies that eligible businesses are majority-owned by LGBT individuals in the UK.
Once verified, OutBritain grants Certified LGBT Business Enterprise (Certified LGBTBE) designation to those businesses as part of its LGBT Supplier Diversity Initiative.
In turn, Certified LGBTBE companies gain access to OutBritain and OutScotland corporate sponsors, members, partners and affiliates.
By forming lasting business relationships, based on a shared understanding of, and dedication to, equality and inclusion, we will promote the economic advancement of LGBT+ people and businesses everywhere.
THE 'OUT' BRANDS - 'OUTBRITAIN' AND 'OUTSCOTLAND'
OutBritain is the legal LGBTBE certification body for all UK based LGBT+ owned businesses, and provides all back-office support to both OutBritain and OutScotland brands.
OutBritain is the active consumer brand in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
OutScotland is the active consumer brand in Scotland.
OUTBRITAIN AND OUTSCOTLAND DIGITAL PROPERTY
WHO IS INVOLVED?
Matt (Maciej) Dabrowski – OutBritain and OutScotland CEO and Founder
When Matt moved from Connecticut, USA, to Edinburgh Scotland, he brought with him his experiences as Executive Director of the Connecticut LGBT Chamber of Commerce.
Realising that the UK had yet to recognise the benefits of LGBTBE certification, and a more structured approach to diversity in procurement and supplier management, he set about researching the potential to introduce the LGBT Chamber of Commerce model to the British market. In 2020 OutScotland was born, with OutBritain following shortly after.
Gareth Buchanan – OutBritain and OutScotland Director of Diversity and Inclusion
Gareth Buchanan joined OutBritain in December 2020. A native Edinburgher, he has previously worked with organisations such as Royal Bank of Scotland and Standard Life.
Pulling on 20+ years’ experience, across roles in Human Resources (encompassing Employee Representation, Employee Relations, HR Policy & Advice, Restructuring & Change, and Diversity & Inclusion), Gareth started his own equality, diversity and inclusion consultancy, Inclusive Advocacy Limited, in 2019 before joining OutBritain.
The (United States) National LGBT Chamber of Commerce
The National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), the business voice of the LGBT community, is the only national advocacy organization in the United States dedicated to expanding economic opportunities for the LGBT business community.
NGLCC is the exclusive third-party certifying body for Certified LGBT Business Enterprise® (Certified LGBTBE®) companies. Over 1/3 of Fortune 500 recognize this certification and partner with NGLCC to create fully LGBT-inclusive supply-chains.
The LGBT business owners NGLCC represents generate over $1.7 trillion in economic impact, create jobs and innovate business solutions nationwide. Additionally, NGLCC is the leading public policy advocate working to include Certified LGBTBE® businesses in procurement opportunities at the federal, state and local level. NGLCC Global is expanding its reach to five continents, bridging economic opportunity and LGBTI human rights worldwide.
At the time of going to press, OutBritain and OutScotland have secured Sponsorship from 3 major global brands with a track record of supporting diverse supply management initiatives in major global economies, however the onboarding process was not completed in time to include them in our launch plans. We anticipate sharing those details very soon.
Further details are available on request, including interviews, requests for quotes etc, by emailing email@example.com or by replying to this email.
OutBritain and OutScotland
Matt Dabrowski, Founder of OutBritain and OutScotland, today guest starred on the #ILoveGayToday show, check it out below.
LGBTI+ Equality in the Workplace: A global perspective - bY Erasmo Sanchez Herrera
OutScotland Partners with Netwomen: Expanding on our Mission of Inclusive & Diverse Entrepreneurs
Edinburgh, United Kingdom – 8 October 2020
We are excited about our newest partnership with Netwomen. This collaboration means that there will be more opportunities for inclusive, fun, and empowering events available to all our members. This global community was created to help women entrepreneurs achieving a killer mindset in business; Believing strongly in diversity, inclusion, and belonging.
Offering masterclass sessions from leading industry experts, as well as networking events and supportive mastermind groups, to form a balanced and well-rounded approach in exploring business opportunities. Check out more info at www.netwomen.co.
OutScotland is Scotland’s premier LGBT+ business network focused on connecting, supporting, and growing the LGBT+ business community in the UK. We are dedicated to expanding supplier diversity in procurement for LGBT+ business owners across the UK by connecting them with corporate supply chains.
Through this partnership we hope to create a thriving environment for Women & LGBT+ Entrepreneurs that is unlike any other.
For More information please contact:
+44 0131 376 0665 ext 301
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OutBritain and OutScotland have today officially joined the United States LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) Global Affiliate Programme.
Click on the hyperlink below for more.
OutScotland joins the Scottish Parliament's: LGBTI+ Cross-Party Group