Over the past 6 months my product range has expanded hugely - new books, new stickers, new communication cards. As a result my office became somewhat....untidy.
It took me several weeks of research to find the right storage unit, plus several excel spreadsheets of price comparisons and space calculations. But I found the best one. The right size unit, with whatever tray sizes I needed and the colours I wanted. Customer service was excellent with quick responses to my queries.
I'd chosen 'Mount Industries'.
I was excited about delivery of the solution to my office woes, but when I got the invoice (and therefore the full company details - they are a part of Enham Trust) I realised that actually, my storage was being made and delivered by people like me. People with disabilities.
Perhaps like me they had tried a conventional work setting and found it didn't work for them. Perhaps they hadn't been able to find conventional work. Either way, I found my stickmen, they found Mount Industries. It is hard to say exactly why I love this so much. But I do. Perhaps it is something akin to searching for a product, buying the perfect one - and then discovering that it was made by a good friend.
And now it has arrived, sturdy and well made - exactly as ordered - and been fully stocked with stickmen communicating joyously about disability. Every time I see it I am proud. Proud of the people I have never met, but with whom I feel connected. Proud to be a customer of Mount Industries.
And my heart does an extra little dance of joy because I chose Mount Industries because it was the best value, the best customer service, and a professional approach with flexible choice.
I made no special allowances. I searched for the best, I ordered the best, and I got the best.
And it came from people with disabilities.