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Purple Tuesday – 13th November 2018

St John’s Shopping Centre 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.

St John’s Shopping Centre’s commitment to accessible shopping includes;

Continued staff training such as a recent introduction to Autism in a retail environment that was delivered to all centre staff,  doubling the size of the centre Mall Plan, ground floor accessible toilets for adults and children, a monthly quiet hour will also be introduced to the centre in January 2019 on the back the National Autistic Societies Autism Hour.

The aim of Purple Tuesday is to make customer-facing businesses more aware of these opportunities and challenges and inspire them to make changes to improve the disabled customer experience over the long term.

For more information on Purple Tuesday, visit https://purpletuesday.org.uk/

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