Embracing inclusivity: Scitech’s support for hidden disabilities

In the UK, 1 in 5 people has a disability of which 80% are non-visible. So fostering inclusivity isn’t just a buzzword; it’s a necessity. At Scitech, a commitment to creating an environment where every employee feels valued and supported isn’t just a goal—it’s a core principle that aligns with our values.

The Hidden Disabilities Sunflower scheme

Recently, we took a significant step forward in our journey toward inclusivity by joining the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower scheme. A colleague with moderate hearing loss found himself struggling to communicate effectively in certain work situations despite his best efforts. This sometimes led to misunderstandings and frustrations. Recognising the importance of creating a more inclusive workplace, he approached our HR department to ask if we would consider supporting him by joining the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower scheme.

Emma Dawas, HR Director, said: “We didn’t hesitate. We now provide sunflower lanyards and badges for colleagues who may be experiencing difficulties due to hidden disabilities. This simple symbol not only raises awareness about hidden disabilities within our organisation but also signals a clear message of support and solidarity.”

Making the invisible visible

The Hidden Disabilities Sunflower scheme provides a discreet yet powerful symbol for individuals with hidden disabilities, indicating that they may require additional support or understanding. While these disabilities may not be immediately apparent to others, they can significantly impact an individual’s daily life. Whether it’s moderate hearing loss, neurodiversity, diabetes, or any other condition, the challenges faced by individuals with hidden disabilities are real and often misunderstood.

A symbol of inclusion and support

As our colleague explained: “I didn’t know how to communicate my needs to my colleagues because I was having difficulty adjusting to my situation with moderate hearing loss. Not only was I having trouble hearing what people were saying but I probably came across at times as being rude and antisocial. A decision was made almost immediately to purchase a bunch of sunflowers for anyone experiencing a problem with a hidden disability. This can include, hearing loss, neurodiversity, Peri/menopause, Asthma, diabetes type 1 and 2, epilepsy, migraine, cancer and more. The sunflower is a great symbol of inclusion and support and I’m really grateful Scitech has chosen to join this initiative.”

By adopting the Sunflower scheme, we have taken a proactive step toward building a culture of empathy and understanding. The sunflower lanyard encourages open communication and empathy among colleagues and sends a powerful message that everyone’s unique needs and challenges are not only acknowledged but also respected.

Celebrating progress and commitment on International Women’s Day

This International Women’s Day, we want our celebrations to last beyond the day’s events and so we decided to shine a light on the gender pay gap within our sector.

Our Women at Scitech group gathered for a special celebratory lunch and learn session, where we took a moment to reflect on our collective journey towards gender equality and celebrate the positive efforts we’ve made in addressing the gender pay gap (GPG) within our organisation.

The group of female colleagues took part in insightful discussions about GPG, its implications in our sector, and our progress compared to the national average.

Narrowing our Gender Pay Gap

We are proud that our commitment to narrowing the GPG has resulted in continuous improvement year on year. Despite operating in a traditionally male-dominated sector, Scitech’s GPG is now on par with the national average. This achievement underscores our dedication to fostering an inclusive and equitable workplace.

However, we recognise that there is always more work to be done. Our focus remains on increasing the representation of women in our talent pipeline and encouraging their advancement into strategic roles. We believe that by doing so, we can further bridge the gender gap and continue to build a diverse and thriving organisation.

Attractive workplace

In our discussions, we emphasised the importance of creating an attractive workplace for all women, irrespective of their career stage or caring responsibilities. We understand that a truly inclusive organisation accommodates the diverse needs and challenges faced by women in the workforce. Scitech is committed to being a place where every woman feels valued, supported, and empowered.

As we mark IWD, we extend our gratitude to the incredible women who contribute to the success and vibrancy of Scitech. We also express our commitment to fostering an environment that not only celebrates progress but actively seeks ways to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Happy International Women’s Day from all of us at Scitech! Together, let’s continue shaping a future where every woman can thrive.

Scitech is proud to host the Construction Cup ‘24

We are pleased to announce we are the host and title sponsor of the Construction Cup ’24, an annual corporate 5-a-side tournament where teams battle for the championship title.

Returning for 2024, this annual charity football tournament will take place on 23 May at Crystal Palace Football Club’s Selhurst Park – a stadium that is renowned as having one of the best atmospheres in the Premier League.

The pitch will be transformed into 4 standard 5-a-side fields, based on the Champions League format, encompassing group stages (with 4 teams per group), followed by a quarter-final, semi-final, third-place playoff, and culminating in an epic final, guaranteeing each participating team a minimum of three games. 

Teams will have the chance to not only compete on the prestigious pitch but will also get to use the home or away dressing rooms and showers. Post-matches, teams and spectators will be invited to celebrate the day with a complimentary drink and meal in the Malcolm Allison lounge which pays homage to the legendary manager it is named after.

Charity partner

The tournament is supporting Unseen, a UK charity working towards a world without modern slavery. The charity provides safehouses and support in the community for survivors of trafficking and modern slavery.

Chris​​​​ Hayward, Mechanical Building Services Engineer and organiser of the Construction Cup, said: “The Construction Cup is a fantastic event for a truly worthy cause. Now in its third year, the event’s popularity continues to soar, and we aim to host 24 teams this year. We have many teams returning year-on-year and hope to welcome new companies to enjoy the day.”

Entry costs £975 per team including your 20% donation to Unseen. Companies can field as many players as they like, with each match limited to 5 players and Three substitutes.

There are further sponsorship opportunities, including: 

  • Player of the Tournament​ – Golden Glove and Boot
  • Match day programme
  • Match ball 

Find out more or email us to register your team: [email protected]

Scitech Engineering Ltd. establishes Scitech GmbH in Germany

We are delighted to announce the establishment of a new subsidiary business, Scitech GmbH, in Germany. This strategic move is part of Scitech’s growth and succession strategy, aimed at expanding our service offering and capitalising on new opportunities.

An integral part of the Scitech family, Scitech GmbH will provide quality and regulatory consulting, qualification and validation services, design and engineering, and other consultancy support within the traditional pharmaceutical environment, primarily in German-speaking Europe. Additionally, Scitech GmbH will operate as a global centre of excellence in radiopharmaceuticals, supplementing and drawing on the extensive proficiency of subject matter experts from across the Scitech group.

By consolidating and developing Scitech’s global radiopharmaceutical proposition, we will enhance our strong reputation and capabilities in the sector. Scitech GmbH will leverage Scitech’s portfolio, relationships and ongoing projects, particularly in North America and Europe, to create a compelling global radiopharmaceutical proposition.

“Our expansion into Germany with the establishment of Scitech GmbH marks a significant milestone in our growth strategy,” said Dave Grant, Scitech Engineering Ltd. Managing Director. “We are delighted to strengthen our presence in Europe and seize the growing opportunities globally in the radiopharmaceutical sector. This move aligns with our vision to provide exceptional technical, quality and regulatory consulting services while further solidifying our position as a global leader.”

The office of Scitech GmbH will be located in Braunschweig (Brunswick), Lower Saxony, Germany. The subsidiary’s service offering will complement the existing delivery capabilities of Scitech’s UK and Antwerp offices. Antwerp, in particular, will continue to play a vital role in engineering, quality, and regulatory consulting across Europe, while the UK offices will remain integral to Scitech’s global radiopharmaceutical project delivery.

Marlous van der Hooft, has been appointed as Managing Director and General Manager of Scitech GmbH and will spearhead the expansion within Germany and Europe’s German-speaking markets.

With a background in pharmaceutical microbiology, Marlous’s proficiency spans a wide spectrum – from lean manufacturing and process enhancement to quality control, QC method development, validation and compliance, supply chain management, regulatory strategy, and medicines licensing.

Marlous has been responsible for the project management (from design up until full operation) for 13 radiopharmaceutical manufacturing sites, led new product launches, implemented new quality systems, and led manufacturing plants. She works with her customers to deliver the best-fitting solution in order to ensure compliance, safety, and efficiency in their processes. With her skills and knowledge in GxP, ISO13485, validation and operations and quality control, it is her passion to safely and compliantly deliver at the right time against the right cost.

Marlous said: “I am delighted to lead Scitech’s expansion into Germany, a vibrant hub of scientific innovation and collaboration. This new role presents an extraordinary opportunity for Scitech to further solidify its presence on the global stage, contributing to groundbreaking advancements in radiopharmaceutical manufacturing. Together, we will unlock new possibilities, forge impactful partnerships and continue to drive excellence in delivering cutting-edge solutions to benefit patients and the healthcare community.”