The Blue Badge Access Awards (BBAAs), celebrates exceptional venues, people and organisations that have a thoughtful, innovative, design-led approach to accessibility.
The BBAAs are back for 2023/24 and we want to reward those that have gone above and beyond in their mission to achieve Access for All. A global initiative rewarding venues, people and organisations that share our ambition and enthusiasm of greater recognition of accessibility for all disabilities – physical and cognitive. Here’s why………..
Did you know that according to Purple Tuesday UK pubs/restaurants loose £163m/month by not including disabled people, their friends and family. Similarly, UK tourism by disabled people is £15BN with an average stay a third longer and a loyalty factor of 75%. So why not improve accessibility?
We are supported by high-profile names including Baroness of Winchester Celia Thomas, Lord Borwick, Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson and TV personality Sophie Morgan as well as corporate supporters of Microsoft, HEWI, Inst. of Hospitality, Conran + Partners and RIBA.
“Our mission is to make the hotel/restaurant experience more joyful and inclusive for both disabled and non-disabled guests by encouraging designs that re-imagine places of beauty and practicality for everyone, whether physically or cognitively disabled.”
This year we are excited to announce that we have a £20k Prize Fund for:
- Best Disabled Guest Innovation – this can be a concept or something that exists and is open to anyone.
- Best Inclusive, Conceptual Design for Disabled Guests – this open to designers, architects, product & system designers.
If you want to enter or simply nominate contact us through the website or by mail to email@example.com
The BBAAward nomination categories are:
- Best Bar
- Best Restaurant
- Best Boutique Hotel
- Best Luxury Hotel
- Best Venue in a Listed/Historic Building
- Above & Beyond Inst. of Hospitality Award
- Access Champion of The Year
- Employment Initiative
- Most Inclusive Venue/Organisation
- Best Accessible Toilet
- Ludicrous Loo – Lack of accessibility
It should be remembered that nowhere is 100% accessible to everyone so you don’t need to be perfect and you can nominate people, venues or organisations. The final is in October 2023 at a glamorous ceremony in London (details TBA so keep following us for the latest details).