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The Blue Badge Access Awards

Featured Blue Badge Access Awards 2019

Celebrating and championing thoughtful accessible design

Held at The Langham London with the support of charity Leonard Cheshire Disability. Thirteen winners were awarded on the basis of celebrating thoughtful and stylish inclusive design and business practices across the world. This year’s winners included Shakespeare’s Globe as the most Inclusive Employer and Sea Containers for Best Hotel, sponsored by HEWI.

The evening included a comedy set by British stand-up comedian, writer, actor, presenter, and disability-rights campaigner, Laurence Clark. Laurence was born with cerebral palsy and uses his line of work to alter the general public’s perceptions of disabled people. Alongside this, an inclusive fashion show was put on by Samanta Bullock, founder of SB. SB is an online department store that provides comfortable and fashionable universally-designed clothes with the focus on inclusion and benefiting the seated position.

Inclusive Fashion Show
Inclusive Fashion Show

The 2019 judging panel included Fiona Jarvis, CEO of Blue Badge Style; Tina Norden, Partner at Conran and Partners; Alex Taylor, BBC Journalist; Paul Vaughan, Bespoke Access; Neil Heslop, CEO, Leonard Cheshire Disability and Karen Fewell, daughter of Arnold Fewell.

Blue Badge Access Awards 2019

Full list of awards and winners:

Leonard Cheshire, Employee of the Year  -Jeannine Gubbin, Anfield Catering Liverpool FC

Leonard Cheshire Award Inclusive Employer -Shakespeare’s Globe
Arnold Fewell Most Inclusive -The Deep, Hull

Historic England Inclusive Listed Building, -Woodhorn Museum, Ashington

From Left: Woodhorn Museum Ashington Wins Historic England's Award for Inclusive Listed Building., Kings Head Cirencester wins Bespoke Access's Best Boutique Hotel. Jo Dewhurst from Moor Hall Hotel wins the Above & Beyond Prize
From Left: Woodhorn Museum Ashington Wins Historic England’s Award for Inclusive Listed Building. Kings Head Cirencester wins Bespoke Access’s Best Boutique Hotel. Jo Dewhurst from Moor Hall Hotel wins the Above & Beyond Prize

Above & Beyond -Jo Dewhurst Moor Hall Hotel

HEWI Best Accessible Toilet -Mere Restaurant London

HEWI Best Hotel -Sea Containers, London

From Left: Shakespeare's Globe wins Leonard Cheshire Awards for Inclusive Employer., Conran & Parters with Three Chimneys Team. Sea Containers win HEWI Best Hotel Award
From Left: Shakespeare’s Globe wins Leonard Cheshire Awards for Inclusive Employer., Conran & Partners with Three Chimneys Team. Sea Containers win HEWI Best Hotel Award

Bespoke Access Best Boutique Hotel, Kings Head, Cirencester

Best Restaurant budget -Hicce Kings Cross, London

Conran and Partners, Best Restaurant Upmarket -Three Chimneys, Skye

From Left: Caya Club win Best Budget Bar. Cottages in the Dales win Euan's People's Choice Award., 1881 Per Sagardi Barcelona win Best Upmarket Bar
From Left: Caya Club win Best Budget Bar. Cottages in the Dales win Euan’s People’s Choice Award. 1881 Per Sagardi Barcelona win Best Upmarket Bar.

Euan’s Guide People’s choice – Cottages in the Dales

Best Bar Budget -Caya Club, Brixton, London 

Blue Badge Style Best Bar Upmarket -1881 Terrasse de Les Indianes, Per Sagardi, Barcelona

“Nowhere can be 100% accessible but everyone can start somewhere,” said Fiona Jarvis, Founder of Blue Badge Style“There is tremendous public interest in the area of accessible design, with a strong desire to honour and recognise businesses that go the extra mile for their customers. We are delighted to champion these venues with Blue Badge Access Awards and will continue to do so to amplify enthusiasm across the hospitality sector, as well as wider tourist attractions, museums, and public organisations.”

“Awards like this are profoundly important because they shine a light on best practice”, added Neil Heslop, Chief Executive of Leonard Cheshire Disability. “Leonard Cheshire exists to improve life choices for people with disabilities globally, and accessibility is key to this. We work with cross-sector organisations every day in supporting individuals to live, learn and work independently, whatever their disability. We congratulate everyone who has been involved to date and hope many more join in, having been inspired by tonight’s winners.”

“We are thrilled to unveil so many exemplary winners at the first Blue Badge Access Awards and celebrate the great work of designers and architects around the world in inclusive design” said Robin Sheppard, Chairman of Bespoke Hotels and Hotel Sector Champion for Disabled People. “It is important to make access a permanent addition to the agenda. No one would have dreamed that sustainability would be as high as a priority as it is now, and we want access to be just lionised in the future.”

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