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Diversity and Inclusion Toolkit

Welcome to our Diversity and Inclusion Toolkit

We know from working with you how much value you see in attracting diverse talent and creating inclusive workplaces where everyone can thrive. 

We see the great work that is already being done and the ambition for us to collectively improve. 

To help aid, support and celebrate this we have drawn together a series of resources, case studies and best practice. We have also highlighted some of the great work that is being done in our community. 

Much like the diversity and inclusion landscape, this toolkit will be continually evolving and responding. If you have suggestions of anything that you think is missing or that you would like to contribute please do get in touch at 

We look forward to working together to make Greater Brighton the best place in the UK for anyone to have a fulfilling career in digital. 


Attracting diverse talent

Incorporating diversity as a core part of your recruitment strategy: Cogapp give their top tips on putting diversity at the heart of your recruitment. 

Creating Gender Neutral Job Adverts: Some of the things you might consider when advertising your next job.

Embracing flexible working: Bright shared their experience of flexible working to retain and support staff. 

Know the best practice around taking an internGovernment information on employment rights and pay for interns

Commit to paying Brighton Living Wagefind out more about the cost and benefits of paying employees the Living Wage.

Writing Inclusive Job Adverts to Attract Diverse Candidates: Cogapp share how they have prioritised diversity in their recruitment process and how you can too. 

Sign up to our Skills and Talent Manifesto: Pledge to our Manifesto to show your commitment to diversity and inclusion in our sector. 

Gain insights into the diversity of your teams: Legal & General Resourcing Partner, Catherine Kilpatrick, gives a short talk about how they have developed a simple method to get a picture of the diversity in their teams. 


Retaining diverse talent

Be aware of Access to Work and how it can support your employees: DnA have created a step-by-step guide to help you understand this grant which funds practical support if you have a disability, health or mental health condition.

Compassionate Leadership, Understanding Your Team: Alice Reeves (The Joyful Web) shares the importance of compassion and empathy in the workplace.

Help your employees find a mentor: Mentoring can be helpful to staff of all levels. Here is a guide from Kerning The Gap to help your employees find a suitable mentor. 

Understand the value of a happy and engaged workforce: In her BrightonSEO talk, Allegra Chapman unpicked some of the cliches around staff retention and gave tips on engaging and supporting your employees. 

Work together to make real change: Join the Diversity Working Group in their mission to collectively share and improve our practice around inclusion, diversity and accessibility.

Have a trained Mental Health First Aider: Find out the value of having staff who are trained Mental Health First Aiders. 


Thanks to all of the great organisations and groups who are doing fantastic work to support our community.

There are a number of great organizations and groups working in our city to attract under-represented groups and open entry to employment in our sector. We have included a number of these below but if there is anyone missing please give us a shout ( as we would love to include them. 

We Spring Forward is a celebration of women in tech which takes place every March. 

She Says Brighton which helps women in tech & design through inspiring events with brilliant speakers

Brighton Digital Women who do great work bringing women together to collaborate, share digital skills, discuss gender parity & work together to raise women's representation in digital.

Codebar Brighton and all of their fantastic coaches who are promoting diversity in tech through their free weekly coding workshops in Brighton.

Ladies that UX a community of women in UX who support each other, push the UX boundaries, and promote female skill and talent

Make Code Play run meetups for women (cis/trans) who are interested in games to make video games and learn new skills from each other.

About the author

Rebecca Groves

Hi, I'm Wired Sussex's Skills and Talent Strategy Lead. I oversee our skills and talent strategy for the regional digital sector. This includes the delivery of activity which addresses this strategy, such as our annual Talent festival, and working with members to help them benefit from our initiatives.

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