Overgate will be supporting Purple Tuesday, the UK’s accessible shopping day which takes place on Tuesday the 13th of November, 2018.
The nationwide initiative aims to make customer-facing businesses more aware of the opportunities and challenges disabled customers experience when shopping, and to inspire change.
Nearly one in every five people in the UK has a disability or impairment, and over half of households have a connection to someone with a disability. Their collective spending power – the Purple Pound – is worth £249 billion to the UK economy.
Purple Tuesday was created to realise this potential given that there are still real (and perceived) barriers that make it harder for disabled people to find work, spend money online and in store, and enjoy a drink or meal out.
A number of new services at Overgate will support Purple Tuesday. These include large print mall guides, stoma friendly toilet facilities, refreshed accessible toilets, a retailer liaison regarding accessibility, an improved hearing loop at the Customer Service Desk and a dedicated ‘Quiet Hour’ every Sunday 11am – 12 noon.
These new additions will augment Overgate’s existing commitment to accessible shopping which includes a Shopmobility service, wheelchair hire, automatic doors and entrance ramps.
Commenting ahead of the launch, Malcolm Angus, Centre Manager of Overgate said,
“Overgate is pleased to be supporting Purple Tuesday, an initiative which reaffirms the centre’s commitment to creating a positive experience for customers with disabilities. The accessibility of Overgate is an important issue and the new range of services being introduced will continue to improve and adapt to our customers’ needs.”