Access Guide Launch

The BBPA has published updated guidance for pubs to help licensees make their venue as welcoming as possible to those with access needs. The guide features a foreword from legendary British Paralympian Baroness Tanni Grey Thompson DBE, and is also endorsed by Paralympic tennis hero, Jordanne Whiley.

The new guidance was launched by BBPA Chief Executive, Brigid Simmonds, who was joined by Lord Holmes of Richmond MBE, and Lord Shinkwin and was hosted at The Sanctuary, a Fuller’s pub in Westminster, by Richard Fuller.

“Pubs are for everyone – why being accessible is important” is a follow-up to 2012’s “An open welcome – why being accessible is good for your pub”, and highlights various steps venues can take to ensure they are as accessible as possible, from access ramps at the door, to hearing loops on the bar and large print menus.

The guide also underlines the importance of staff training, so that pubs can meet the needs of disabled customers, and staff can safely operate any access-related equipment, alongside a suite of new case studies from Fuller’s and Enterprise Inns.

The BBPA has once again worked with VisitEngland, Tourism For All, and Baroness Tanni Grey Thompson DBE, who welcomes the guide as a “positive step in promoting access for all.”

The BBPA has also partnered with Changing Faces, a charity that helps people who have a disfigurement find a way to live the life they want, and have developed a case study helping staff engage with customers who have a distinctive appearance.

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