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5th September 2012

Accessible pubs – new BBPA video featuring Tanni-Grey Thompson now available on line

The BBPA has released an on-line film to promote An Open welcome – the Association’s new access guidance for pubs – with the help of legendary Paralympian Baroness Tanni-Grey Thompson DBE, who took time out of her busy schedule to support the initiative.

Tanni joined the team at the Duke of York, a Shepherd Neame pub in Borough, London, where she met licensee Lorraine Hart, who has made it a priority to ensure the pub is accessible to all, and with a  positive and welcoming approach from staff.

BBPA Chief Executive Brigid Simmonds and Chairman Jonathan Neame were also joined by Ross Calladine, from Visit England, who have worked closely with the BBPA on producing the guidance, and Sir William Lawrence, Chairman of Tourism for All.


Brigid Simmonds comments:


“We wanted to make a film to give our partners the opportunity to highlight access issues in pubs and the wider hospitality sector and show what simple steps pubs can take to make a positive difference to customers’ pub going experience.


“With 27 per cent of the UK population with long-standing health problems or a disability, being accessible is also good for business.  Heartfelt thanks to everyone who took part – it was hugely generous of Tanni to take time out during the Olympic and Paralympics to come to the Duke of York to help us promote this new guidance. She is a great champion for access in the hospitality sector and beyond.”



Notes to editors:


The film can be seen on Youtube here.


For more information on accessibility in pubs, visit


A photo from the event is also attached – Licensee Lorraine Hart (left) meets Tanni, with Jonathan Neame and Brigid Simmonds. A higher resolution version is available


The new BBPA guidance, an open welcome – Why being accessible is good for your pub, highlights the benefits of making a pub venue as accessible as possible for disabled customers, and why access is good for business, too. The guide sets out a range of practical steps pubs can take to help, as well as advising on how to provide an ‘access statement’ to ensure that the information customers need is in place, so they know what to expect from a venue.


Issues such as staff training, improving physical access, signposting and liaising with local authorities are all covered, alongside several case studies from BBPA members showing how taking action has improved their business and helped customers.


Writing in the guide’s foreword, Tanni Gray Thompson DBE, says:


“With visitors coming from all over the world, there has never been such a good time for the Great British Pub to capitalise on its reputation as the home of hospitality and be as accessible as possible to all … Be inspired by the tips and examples of best practice in this booklet and see what you can do, because if there is one specific and tangible legacy that this year’s Olympics and Paralympics can leave behind, it is one of access and inclusion for all.”


The British Beer & Pub Association is the UK’s leading organisation representing the brewing and pub sector.  Its members account for 96 per cent of the beer brewed in the UK and own half of Britain’s 51,000 pubs


For further information please contact:


David Wilson, Director of Public Affairs: 020 7627 9151 /

Neil Williams, Communications Manager Tel: (020) 7627 9156 / 07974 249 779

Gareth Barrett, Public Affairs Officer Tel: (020) 7627 9154



Neil Williams

Communications Manager

British Beer & Pub Association

020 7627 9156

07974 249 779




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