The hospitality sector is the fourth biggest industry in the UK, contributing over £70bn to the UK economy in 2019. Whether it is drinks at the local bar or a weekend away, everyone enjoys a break once in a while.
Unfortunately, a study by the Papworth Trust in 2019 found that 14% of people with disabilities reported difficulties when visiting pubs or restaurants, and that 22% of adults with disabilities feel as though they have less choice over how they spend their free time because of a lack of accessibility.
Under equality legislation, UK businesses – including pubs, bars, restaurants and hotels – are legally required to ensure equal access to their premises, including for people with disabilities or reduced mobility. If you run a public-facing business, you are required to consider the needs of disabled customers and guests, from staff training to removing potential obstacles.
One of the simplest and most cost-effective ways of maximising accessibility to your premises is with the addition of disabled access ramps.