We're determined to ensure that every retail place is accessible to absolutely everyone. We are aiming to raise awareness throughout the UK of what our community can do, is doing and has achieved in this space.


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  Success stories.

  Autism Friendly - intu

  intu have been working hard over the past two years to make their centres autism-friendly.
  This has involved a number of initiatives to make shopping easier and more fun for people with autism.
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  Blind Personal Shopping - intu

  intu want to make their customers smile and for them to leave their centres happier than when they walked in.
  But people with sight loss are not always able to go shopping by themselves, meaning that they can miss out on the fun part.
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  Changing Places - St Stephen's Centre, Hull

  St Stephen’s is the only shopping centre in the city with ‘Changing Places’ toilets.
  These are specialist facilities for severely disabled people and extra room for up to two carers. Read more


  My Guide - St Stephen's Centre, Hull

  St Stephen’s shopping centre became one of the first shopping centres in the region to train its customer service and security teams to assist blind or partially sighted shoppers.
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  Cities Unlocked - The Oracle, Hammerson

  Reading City Council, Microsoft, Guide Dogs for the Blind and The Oracle shopping centre collaborated on a creative wayfinding initiative enabling blind or partially sighted people to confidently navigate Reading town centre and a shopping centre environment. Read more




Ministerial Roundtable.

This event took place on Thursday 12 July 

The core part of the meeting was for Mike Adams OBE, Purple and the wider group to develop plans for Purple Day which is planned for later in the year to create a day for welcoming people and families.  



Revo South: Changing the conversation on disability.

This event took place on Wednesday 13 June

Revo South and Purple ran a three-hour workshop to equip Shopping Centre Managers to ensure retail places provide a positive experience for disabled customers.

More information here




Revo Scotland Charity Workshop.

This event took place on Tuesday 12 June

A free of charge session where attendees heard from major charities including; Alzheimer’s Scotland, Crohns & Colitis UK and Guide Dogs Scotland on how to help make visitor experiences less challenging for disabled people.

More information here




Mental Health Awareness Seminars.

A free of charge session to increase the awareness of mental health amongst those working within the property industry.

London - Wednesday 9 May

Cardiff - Tuesday 15 May

Manchester - Tuesday 22 May

Edinburgh - Wednesday 30 May




Diversity & Inclusivity: Opening Doors.

This event took place on Friday 20 April

In partership with the British Property Federation, we held a half-day conference, sharing Diversity and Inclusivity best practice, focussing on the workplace and the built environment.

The first panel focussed on the economic, social and business benefits of genuinely diverse organisations, looking at the changes our industry can expect in the future and how companies can address the headwinds that hamper progress. The second session focussed on inclusive placemaking, the communities in which we live and work and how we can create places that are accessible and enjoyed by all.

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Ministerial Roundtable.

This event took place on Wednesday 14 March

We enjoyed a presentation from Microsoft Evangelist, Hector Minto who explored the potential of products that already exist and can enable better access to services for people and families with disabilities.

There was also a presentation from Disability Confident to encourage employers to make the recruitment process more open and inclusive.

Lastly, there was an initial presentation from Mike Adam OBE, Purple, on a proposal for a Purple Day.



Mental Health Awareness Roundtable.

This event took place on Thursday 23 November

Improving wellbeing in the workplace by changing attitudes towards mental health problems. Initiated by the Revo Educational Trust, Time to Change, LionHeart and Laing O'Rourke encouraged open dialogue in the office and revealed why addressing mental health is pivotal for business.

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Ministerial Roundtable.

This event took place on Monday 27 November

Alongside (past) Disability Champion Helen Drury, we convened a roundtable with the Minister of State for Disabled People and key players in retail and retail property to discuss how to improve accessibility in retail and reflect on progress to date. The roundtable offered the opportunity to discuss what more we can all do together to improve accessibility in retail places.



Charity Seminar Sessions.

This event took place on Wednesday 29 November

Shopping and accessing entertainment come high on disabled people’s list of challenging experiences and we want to support our members in this endeavour. Attendees heard from five major charities, Purple, Guide Dogs, Crohn's & ColitisBITC and The National Austistic Society on how to help make visitor experiences less challenging for disabled people.

More information here