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The importance of accessibility at events

Events should be accessible for everyone to enjoy and it is vital that all events professionals go the extra mile to ensure that accessibility and inclusivity are prioritised in the planning process.

 

In a survey carried out by HGEM, it was found that 71% of consumers want more action to be taken to address the lack of accessibility within the industry*. The term ‘accessibility’ not only concerns physical elements, such as the inclusion of ramps, accessible facilities and access to audio description devices, but also sensory and cognitive elements. This includes features such as the addition of quiet rooms to provide a calm space for sensory overload, the use of lighting and reducing strong smells.

 

Showplace endeavours to abide by these guidelines surrounding accessibility at events and strives to create a safe space for all attendees. For example, we recently provided a temporary structure for Juddmonte at the annual Tattersalls December Mare Sale in Newmarket. We installed an accessible lift to the exterior of the structure to allow easy access for everyone entering the hospitality suite.

 

 

The lift can accommodate up to 240kg, making it ideal for mobility scooters, and offers an alternative to a ramp which is sometimes not possible to install due to limitations regarding plot sizes. It can also be fitted alongside our trailer fleet to provide a substitute to the stairs leading up to the main trailer area, demonstrating it’s versatility in a range of different event settings.

 

 

Showplace has been creating and building stunning designs for events and conferences for over 35 years. We work with an array of clients across the UK and Europe, using our expertise to ensure that clients can effectively communicate their brands, products and services to stand out from the crowd.

For more information about Showplace, please call 01789 262701 or email sales@showplace.co.uk.

 

*MIT Magazine 2022

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