What’s it all about?

Purple Tuesday 2019 is an international call to action, focused on changing the customer experience for disabled people. It will involve organisations of all sizes and from all sectors taking decisive, practical actions to meet the needs of disabled customers.

Across the UK, the Purple Pound – the consumer spending power of disabled people and their families – is worth £249 billion and is rising by an average of 14% per annum. Worldwide, the Purple Pound equates to a staggering £2.25 trillion, yet less than 10% of businesses have a targeted plan to access this disability market.

Purple Tuesday is about creating a step change improvement in the awareness of the value and needs of disabled customers. It is about making the customer experience accessible. Participating organisations will make public commitments (a minimum of one new activity or initiative) to ensure sustainable changes are made. For organisations, this will result in the opening up of products and services to the disability market.

 

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Mike Adams stood in front of Piccadilly Circus with "Purple Tuesday, The UK's first accessible shopping day", on the big screen behind him.

How to take part

Purple Tuesday can change lives by providing a positive customer experience to disabled people.
Join us on this journey and access support and a range of free resources to improve the customer experience for disabled people.

  • “We have received a great positive reaction from both colleagues and customers following Purple Tuesday 2018. As part of the Purple Tuesday initiative, amongst many other commitments, we provided training to over 1,000 members of staff in autism and dementia awareness. As a result of this, it has taught our staff how to communicate effectively, patiently and compassionately to all customers, which has enabled staff to identify the specific needs for our customers and has ultimately improved the level of customer service, not just for our disabled customers, but everyone inclusively.” Karen Daisley, Senior Manager of People at Asda.
  • “Last year’s inaugural Purple Tuesday was incredible. This year it would be amazing to see the retail sector go even further in helping make shopping and our towns and cities as inclusive as possible. It isn’t just the commercial opportunity that is important but the infinitely immeasurable positive impact that opening up places and businesses to individuals and their families, with disabilities, all over the country that the industry can have. Purple Tuesday is not about one day but a spotlight, for all the work and initiatives that are taking place at an increasing rate, all over the country to make retail places inclusive, all year round.” Samantha Sen, Retail Sector champion.
  • “Creating true accessibility is essential for all successful retailers. Not only is it the right thing to do, it also makes commercial sense. Some really good progress is being made in this area, but there’s still much more work to do. Purple Tuesday helps highlight what changes businesses should be considering to make sure everyone is welcome through their doors, and we’re proud to be supporting the initiative again this year.” Ian Gilmartin, Head of Retail at Barclays Corporate Banking.
  • “A day out for disabled customers should be an enjoyable experience to share with family and friends, but for so many it can be such a hassle that they end up staying at home instead. “That is a terrible shame, not only for the UK’s 13 million disabled people but for Britain’s businesses who are missing out on the huge spending power of these valuable customers. It’s also not acceptable in this day and age. “I want businesses across the country to get involved with this year’s Purple Tuesday and open their doors to disabled customers – not just on this day but all year round.” Justin Tomlinson, Minister for Disabled People.
  • “The Valuable 500 is pleased to support Purple Tuesday and are excited to see more brands than ever take part in this important event. We urge more business leaders to get involved in Purple Tuesday and support their colleagues as they celebrate disabled consumers and employees.” Caroline Casey, Founder of The Valuable 500.

Purple Tuesday 2019 Updates

Last year over 750 organisations took part in Purple Tuesday. This year Purple Tuesday will be creating more of a global impact  going international, update the world with your Purple Tuesday story.

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Purple Tuesday Founding Partners

Barclays
Intu
Landsec
Revo
Hammerson
Contacta
Cushman & Wakefield
Sainsbury's
The Crown Estate
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