A COMPANY is looking to use its success at the Lancashire Telegraph Business Awards as a platform for future growth.

School of Sign Language, which provides courses in British Sign Language, has gone from strength to strength since its formation in 2006.

And following the success of Beverley Davies who scooped the Employee of the Year award at the Lancashire Telegraph’s prestigious event, the School of Sign Language is looking to broaden its impact.

The group is hoping to provide sign language tester sessions to schools across East Lancashire.

Emma Bury from the company said: “Beverley’s award has highlighted her own personal success and development as well as encouraging other deaf people to follow their dreams.

“She considers herself as a positive role model for young deaf people and her ultimate vision is to promote understanding between deaf and hearing people and educate future generations in adopting inclusive attitudes.

“She aims to achieve this through introducing all schoolchildren to sign language. Over time through education deafness will cease to be a barrier and will become a preferred choice of language.”

Beverley has been profoundly deaf since the age of two but her triumph at the awards was testament to what can be achieved through hard work.

With seven staff based at Blackburn Rovers Enterprise Centre, Ewood Park, the company is considering expanding via franchises but, in the short term, is looking to make more people aware of what it does.

Emma added: ”Beverley would like to provide free BSL taster sessions to all local schools, community groups and local businesses.”

The workshop will be held on Wednesday, December 10, from 9.30am to 12.30pm at Blackburn Rovers Enterprise Centre.

Contact the School of Sign Language on 01254 54411 or info@schoolofsignlanguage.com if you are interested in attending.