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Is Your Business Access Modified?

If you’re the owner of a business that supplies goods and services to the general public, then it is vitally important that your business provides the correct level of access for those with disabilities. This isn’t only because you can then attract more customers to use your business, but because it’s the law. In this post we take a look at some of the laws surrounding disabled access, some tips on how you can ensure that your business meets these requirements, and ways you can find new properties that meet all standards.

What Are the Rules and Regulations?

The Disability Discrimination Act states that all businesses that provide ‘goods and services’ must make what are labelled as ‘reasonable adjustments’ for disabled people. Of course, exactly what constitutes ‘reasonable adjustments’ varies depending on both the nature and the size of the business in question.

For example, if you were a cinema, this may include installing disabled accessible screens and front row seating. If you’re a shop on the high street, it may involve ramp installation, and if you’re a shop located on the second or third floor of a building, then it likely involves installing a lift. Experts can advise you if you need help working out what is deemed ‘reasonable adjustments’.

Top Tips

There are lots of helpful tools and websites online that can help your business find out what is best practice. From consulting with professionals to making changes to both the infrastructure of your building and the technology behind it (including your website), it is always wise to consult with a professional before you carry out any work. This way you know that the work you’re carrying out is:

A)   Appropriate for what you need
B)   Up to the required standard

To put it simply, consulting a professional is the ultimate top tip we can provide, as it can save you both time and money.

Where Can I Find a Property?

If you’re yet to set up your business and find a property, or indeed whether you’re looking to change your business premises, then it is wise to consider the above when you select your new business location.

If you opt to do so, then it’s best to get expert help immediately rather than going it alone. Online commercial property sites such as GVA can help you narrow your search and find an applicable property. By using experts like this, you can also get advice on what’s best practice from a very early stage.