Community / Corporate Social Responsibility / Culture & Tourism / Pubs / 04 September 2012

Accessible pubs – new BBPA video featuring Tanni Grey-Thompson now available online

The BBPA has released an on-line film to promote An Open welcome – the Association’s new access guidance for pubs – with the help of legendary Paralympian Baroness Tanni-Grey Thompson DBE, who took time out of her busy schedule to support the initiative.

Tanni joined the team at the Duke of York, a Shepherd Neame pub in Borough, London, where she met licensee Lorraine Hart, who has made it a priority to ensure the pub is accessible to all, and with a positive and welcoming approach from staff.

BBPA Chief Executive Brigid Simmonds and Chairman Jonathan Neame were also joined by Ross Calladine, from Visit England, who have worked closely with the BBPA on producing the guidance, and Sir William Lawrence, Chairman of Tourism for All.

Brigid Simmonds comments:

“We wanted to make a film to give our partners the opportunity to highlight access issues in pubs and the wider hospitality sector and show what simple steps pubs can take to make a positive difference to customers’ pub going experience.

“With 27 per cent of the UK population with long-standing health problems or a disability, being accessible is also good for business. Heartfelt thanks to everyone who took part – it was hugely generous of Tanni to take time out during the Olympic and Paralympics to come to the Duke of York to help us promote this new guidance. She is a great champion for access in the hospitality sector and beyond.”

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