Home / Knowledge / News / Apparel/Garments / 95% Britishers want shopping centres for all: Hammerson

95% Britishers want shopping centres for all: Hammerson

19
Nov '18
95% Britishers want shopping centres for all: Hammerson
As many as 95 per cent of British people feel that shopping centres should cater for all shoppers and provide an accessible environment, according to a research from Hammerson, the UK’s leading owner and manager of flagship retail destinations. The research finds that 90 per cent believe that shopping centres are important for carers and disabled consumers.

Sixty seven per cent of carers say that shopping helps them to feel part of the community (versus a national average of 55 per cent), and three quarters say that interactions with other people when shopping are good for their mental health (compared to a 71 per cent national average).

To address this significant issue, on November 13, 2018, Hammerson participated in Purple Tuesday - the UK’s first accessible shopping day, established to embed inclusive shopping and recognise the importance and needs of all consumers.

At the Oracle, in Reading, Hammerson has introduced the ‘Safe Space Scheme’. The scheme aims to help people with disabilities to feel confident and calm while visiting the Oracle through offering a range of specialised services, which include: special assistance while shopping inside stores; providing a guide to help shoppers and carers around the centre; or simply providing a temporary safe haven to sit in a quiet location.

Local community groups, including Reading Dementia, Action Alliance, AGE UK, Reading CIC and Autism Berkshire, are supporting the scheme. Reading is also the city within Hammerson’s shopping centre portfolio with the greatest demand for accessible and disabled-friendly facilities, according to its recent research.

So far at the Oracle, 14 brands have registered for the Safe Space Scheme, including Lakeland, TM Lewin and Starbucks.

Hammerson is also trying a number of different initiatives to assess the most impactful long-term measures to deliver a positive experience for the disabled community, their families and carers.

Mark Bourgeois, managing director UK and Ireland for Hammerson, said: “It is vital that our retail destinations make the shopping and leisure experience as welcoming as possible for all our customers. We know from research by the Department for Work and Pensions that shopping, eating and drinking out, is one of the top three most difficult experiences for disabled people based on accessibility.” (SV)

Fibre2Fashion News Desk – India


Must ReadView All

Pic: Shutterstock

Apparel/Garments | On 5th Aug 2020

New COVID-19 wave to threaten Vietnamese garment sector

A fresh wave of COVID-19 may worsen the situation of Vietnam's...

Pic: Shutterstock

Textiles | On 5th Aug 2020

Procure garments, textiles from domestic firms: Ghana prez

Ghanaian President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo recently directed all...

Pic: Shutterstock

Fashion | On 5th Aug 2020

Ralph Lauren Q1 FY20: revenues $487 mn; net loss $128 mn

Ralph Lauren Corporation, a leading designer of of premium lifestyle...

Interviews View All

Textile Industry, Head honchos

Textile Industry
Head honchos

African fashion has a strong identity

Textile Industry, Head honchos

Textile Industry
Head honchos

Estimate loss of $8-$10 billion in turnover

Amrit Sethia, SOIE

Amrit Sethia
SOIE

‘The intimatewear category in India is slowly becoming trend-sensitive.’

Zafer Demirel,

Zafer Demirel

Turkey's Canlar Mechatronics is a leading designer and manufacturer of...

Alexander Foll,

Alexander Foll

Germany-based H Stoll AG & Co KG manufactures flat knitting machines....

Franco Ravazzi,

Franco Ravazzi

Italy-based Tessimenti E Orditi Tinti (T.O.T SRL) specialises in stocking...

Iago Castro Asensio, RCfil Distribuciones S.L.

Iago Castro Asensio
RCfil Distribuciones S.L.

Iago Castro Asensio, International Business Manager of RCfil...

Thomas Ong P S, NanoTextile

Thomas Ong P S
NanoTextile

Malaysian company NanoTextile Sdn Bhd taps into the potentials of...

Pierre Wiertz, EDANA

Pierre Wiertz
EDANA

Pierre Wiertz talks about the vast world of sustainable nonwovens and...

Anisha Chaudhari, Threads & Shirts

Anisha Chaudhari
Threads & Shirts

Threads & Shirts is a freshly-tailored concept providing men/women a...

Nisha Chanda, Whistling Woods International School of Fashion

Nisha Chanda
Whistling Woods International School of Fashion

<div>A lack of upgraded courses in costume designing and fashion as per...

Pranav Mishra, Huemn

Pranav Mishra
Huemn

Designers Pranav Mishra and Shyma Shetty’s Huemn is known for its...

Press Release

Press Release

Letter to Editor

Letter to Editor

RSS Feed

RSS Feed

Submit your press release on


editorial@fibre2fashion.com

Letter To Editor






(Max. 8000 char.)

Search Companies





SEARCH

Leave your Comments


July 2020

Subscribe today and get the latest update on Textiles, Fashion, Apparel and so on.


Advanced Search