Purple Tuesday

Purple Tuesday, took place on Tuesday 12th November 2019 and is the UK’s accessible shopping day. 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.

The Access Fylde Coast project played a key role in promoting Purple Tuesday, which campaigns to improve disabled people’s experiences in shops and businesses.

It was part of a series of events speaking to customer and also businesses about the Purple Pound, and how business can make straightforward, low-cost adaptations to improve the customer experience for disabled people, resulting in an increased sale. There was also a visit from Sara Simcoe (Senior Consultant, Purple).

Local councils across Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre got on-board by lighting up landmarks purple.

The project is also releasing a community song and video – featuring local people with disabilities and local businesses.

Granada link

https://www.itv.com/news/granada/2019-11-12/blackpool-tower-turns-purple-as-part-of-disability-campaign/

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