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Accessible Shopping Day

Posted in General News on Friday, August 31st, 2018

Many of the UK’s major retailers are backing the idea of an accessible shopping day which has been termed ‘Purple Tuesday’. This day, which will see retailers introduce new measures to make their shops more accessible to disabled customers, is set to take place on 13th November 2018. It is being spearheaded by Purple, the group that is formally known as the Essex Coalition for Disabled People. So far the initiative has received support from a number of retail outlets including Asda, Argos, Marks and Spencer, Sainsbury’s, The British Retail Consortium, The Crown Estate and Hammerson. Every company which signs up to be a part of ‘Purple Tuesday’ must make at least one long term commitment to improving its accessibility. The organisers will be providing each retaler taking part with a training kit to help the retail staff and store managers understand the needs of disabled shoppers. Mike Adams, Chief Executive of Purple, commented: “Fundamentally, Purple Tuesday isn’t about a single day in the year but encouraging lasting change that creates a virtuous circle between businesses and disabled consumers.”

To find a full list of the retailers that have signed up so far visit

Earlier this year a report co-written by Mike Adams, entitled Leading from the Front, revealed that 75% of disabled people have left a business or retail outlet due to a lack of accessibility and that this problem is costing British businesses a collective total of £420 million per week.

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Karen's Gravatar

Saturday, September, 1st, 2018

Great idea but the major retailers mentioned are already accessible! Its the smaller shops who need to get a kick up the backside.

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Michael Hargrave

Saturday, September, 1st, 2018

This is a great idea. I dont see Tesco mentioned though which doesnt surprise me. I find Tesco stores are the worst supermarket for not caring who parks in the disabled bays. All the time the bays are taken by able bodied people, from many nationalies who run from the bays to the store, while Disabled people have to park much further away and struggle. On New Years Eve the store actually had an attendant in the carpark waving anyone into the disabled bays, no care if they had a blue badge, despite plenty room elsewhere. So for Tesco the first thing they need to learn is what disabled bays are there for.

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Barry Davies

Monday, September, 3rd, 2018

Might this be extended to all businesses. For example: Leisure centres, entertainment venues and parks. Areas where the pleasure to the disabled is compromised by lack of access or being sat on the fringes where sight impaired have no chance to enjoy the occasion because they are too far away. Lighting is another obstacle internally and externally. We have encountered a resistance to supply extra lighting because of "light pollution" restrictions, a cop-out for not wanting to invest for a "minority". This needs to change by legislation.

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Sandra White

Saturday, September, 1st, 2018

I hope you are contacting/working stores etc., re: The extra blue badge spaces which will soon be needed This is going to result in many physically disabled not leaving their homes as they won’t be able to park anywhere as the spaces will be taken up by invisible disabilities. I mean, the whole system right now has people using blue badge spaces when they don’t have a badge, when this new rule comes in there are going to be so many parking saying I have an invisible disability. I know they have to jump through hoops to get a badge, but we all know those who do not need it will use it more often. And store car parks are not patrolled to ticket cars without a badge

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jean howe

Saturday, September, 1st, 2018

I would ask that toilet facilities were REALY accessible. I use a mobility scooter and getting into and out of toilets is a NIGHTMARE. I cannot hold doors open and drive into toilet. I would urge managers to try!! Also over Christmas period leavindg tubs with rolls of Christmas wrapping paper at the end of aisle makes turning very difficult.

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Dr John Michael Richards

Saturday, September, 1st, 2018

Forget Black Friday; we disabled folk will be looking forward to Purple Tuesday when retailers will make concerted and permanent measures to make their premises more accessible for people of all abilities. It would be useful if local councils would take a lead from this initiative as, here in the Northwest of England, Liverpool, Manchester, St. Helens and Warrington are amongst some of the most disabled-unfriendly towns when it comes to access for those with limited mobility, sight or hearing impairment, learning disabilities or myriad locomotor and sensory impairments. Not all disabled people are in wheelchairs - our myriad disabilities may be invisible but none the less limiting, especially when councils seem to conspire to take every conceivable measure to further limit access to towns. Are all those parking restrictions really needed all year round - many of which prohibit Blue Badge holders from parking either? Then there are so many inner-city and town centre areas which are inaccessible to disabled (or any private) drivers yet permit access for buses and taxis etc. Yet disabled people who may not be able to access buses or taxis (I can't even use a Hackney cab so need a rarely available Eurocab) are prohibited from entering or parking in these areas. Surely statutory road traffic and bylaws could be introduced to permit disabled drivers or passengers to enter such areas too.

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Sunday, September, 2nd, 2018

Well I think that's really good to make the awareness of retailers to the needs of disabled people and especially to disabled parking which now it looks as if they're giving everybody a blue badge over a certain age. I'm housebound so given up my blue badge but still supporting you even though I sold my car. Keep up the good work Alastair

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Dale Moorhouse

Sunday, September, 2nd, 2018

Great idea , I think access to shops is a joke in a wheelchair even restaurants who don’t have access, disabled people still eat

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Dale Moorhouse

Sunday, September, 2nd, 2018

Disabled access is a joke in loads of shops and restaurants local to me , there should be grants available for shop owners to build ramps etc and that should include listed buildings that people claim cannot be converted