Access, accessibility and the ‘Purple Pound’ examined at Chamber’s October meeting

Pictured are Disability Action Yorkshire Chief Executive Jackie Snape, The Cheeseboard owner Gemma Aykroyd, and Harrogate BID Manager, Matthew Chapman

Access, accessibility and the ‘Purple Pound’ will be examined at Harrogate District Chamber of Commerce’s October meeting.

Jackie Snape and Josh McCormack, both from Disability Action Yorkshire, will be speaking about their work in helping businesses in the retail and hospitality sector become more accessible, whilst Sue Kramer from Crown Jewellers will speak about Commercial Street’ drive to become the most accessible and welcoming in Harrogate town centre.

The meeting is being held at Ashville College, Green Lane, on Monday, October 11, with ‘open networking’ taking place from 5.30pm, and the speakers taking to the platform at 6.15pm.

Harrogate District Chamber of Commerce President Martin Gerrard said: “The overriding theme for October’s meeting is access and accessibility. We are looking forward to hearing from our speakers from Disability Action Yorkshire, and Crown Jewellers, how improving access and accessibility makes perfect business sense.

“We will hear how the charity has been working with retailers on Commercial Street keen to unlock the ‘Purple Pound’.  This term refers to the spending power of disabled households and is said to worth around £249bn to the economy.”

Mr Gerrard added: “We are also delighted to welcome Ashville College as our newest member, and thank them for hosting this, their inaugural meeting of Harrogate District Chamber of Commerce.

“We are grateful to all our ‘host’ members, who not only provide a meeting room, but refreshments for our members, speakers and visitors. Without them it would not possible for us stage our regular meetings.”

Those wanting to attend the meeting must register their interest on the Chamber website, .

Visitors are always welcome, but to encourage membership are only allowed to attend two meetings. Whilst there is no charge for their first visit, there is a £10 fee for the second.

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