Meeting demand for accessible accommodation with Argos for Business

Independent Living range from Argos for Business brings accessible solutions to the holiday accommodation sector

The market for visitors with access needs is worth £12.1 billion[1] in the UK, yet not all holiday accommodation providers have adequate provision for guests with special needs and accessibility requirements, whether due to disability, illness or advanced years.

Improving accessibility within holiday accommodation, offering products to ensure a safe and convenient stay for guests with a range of requirements, could enhance the profile of your accommodation and deliver an additional boost to business.

More than one in six people in England and Wales have an ‘activity limiting’ health problem or disability, and around 23 per cent of the population are currently aged over 60. During the next 20 years this proportion will rise to 29 per cent[2]. Currently, only 427 accommodation businesses, out of 66,000, have taken part in Visit England’s national accessibility scheme, indicating a clear opportunity to create a more rounded offer to guests with access needs.

With this in mind, Argos for Business has sourced a range of gadgets, devices, appliances and accessories to allow accommodation providers to make reasonable adjustments to their facilities, under its Independent Living range. From wheelchair ramps, suction grips and bed and wall rails to bath and shower stools, stair lifts and adjustable beds, the Independent Living products offer stylish, temporary and permanent products accommodation providers can install on request for guests with special requirements or offer as fixtures and features in designated rooms and communal access areas.

Jacqui Glenn, director at Argos for Business, says: “Good accessibility within holiday accommodation benefits all visitors and there are many simple, low cost products that can be incorporated into bedrooms, bathrooms and access areas to enhance the stay for elderly visitors, guests with special needs and their travelling companions.

“While there are legal obligations to provide bathroom facilities, lifts, wider doorways and entrances, you can also offer temporary, moveable items and products that can be added and removed depending on guest requirements, as well as permanent fixtures for selected rooms. Our Independent Living range offers stylish and practical solutions, without making rooms appear ‘medicalised’ – which can often put some visitors off.”

For efficient purchasing and procurement processes, Argos for Business’ Fast Track is a same day delivery and collection service, providing increased speed and efficiency to accommodation providers. Hospitality customers are now guaranteed same day delivery on many items straight to their premises on orders placed by 6pm, seven days a week. This is ideal for accommodation providers that need to purchase or replace items as a matter of urgency, avoiding disruptions to guests.

Argos for Business takes a partnership approach to provide solutions that offer accommodation providers the products that can enhance their guests’ stay. The Argos Business Account allows hoteliers access to the Independent Living range as well as over 50,000 Argos products in-store and online at argos.co.uk. The free account offers four per cent discount on all orders, along with extended payment terms of up to 37 days.

There is no minimum spend on the Argos Business Account so accommodation businesses can set up an account now and ensure they are well prepared for visitors with accessibility requirements.

To find out more about Independent Living from Argos for Business, visit www.argosforbusiness.co.uk/contact-us.

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