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Global initiative championing accessibility in hospitality extends awards deadline to March 2022


A global initiative that brings together two major design competitions centred around building inclusivity - the Bespoke Access Awards and the Blue Badge Style Awards, is delighted to announce an awards deadline extension following a high-calibre of submissions.

Judges of the Blue Badge Access Awards have decided to extend the awards deadline from February to 1st March 2022, ensuring that all hotels, bars, restaurants and accessible businesses/products have the opportunity to enter.

Ranging from most Innovative Inclusive Design (open to designers and architects) to Best Hotel, Access Champion of The Year and a People’s Choice Award, the BBAA has 13 nomination categories and two design awards in total.

Winners of the Conceptual Design Awards, comprising categories such as Best Hotel/Hospitality Innovative Inclusive Design and Best Inclusive Guest Innovation, will win a generous prize fund of £20,000.

Chair of judges, Fiona Jarvis, is encouraging hospitality industry bosses, architects and designers worldwide to capitalise on this moment and consider ways to address the current and future needs of disabled people.

Discussing the awards, Fiona said: “The Blue Badge Access Awards give recognition to businesses and establishments that have addressed accessibility imaginatively and thoughtfully.

“We welcome nominations from members of the public for accessible venues they have encountered; from design professionals for their own designs; and from venue managers and owners who have achieved high accessibility standards or introduced innovations.

“We have extended the BBAA deadline to discover more incredible businesses who have achieved just this and look forward to reading more about establishments who champion accessibility and inclusion.”

The Blue Badge Access Awards is a global initiative that brings together two major design competitions - the Bespoke Access Awards and the Blue Badge Style Awards - with the support of charity, Leonard Cheshire. They are united by their mission to celebrate thoughtful and stylish inclusive design across the world.

The awards evening will take place on April 28th at the Brooklyn Hotel in Manchester, where the winners of the much-anticipated competition will be announced - having been picked by an esteemed panel of judges. These include Robin Sheppard (Chairman, Bespoke Hotels Group), Fiona Jarvis (CEO Blue Badge Style Ltd), Tina Norden (Director Conran and Partners), Alex Taylor (BBC Journalist), Jane Duncan (President Past RIBA), Michael Vermeersch (Accessibility Product Marketing Manager at Microsoft), Steve Ingham (CEO Page Group), and Kellie Rixon MBE FIH (Chair Inst. of Hospitality).

Sponsors of the awards comprise established industries such as HEWI, iOH, Travelclick, Guarantee Laundry and ANON Drinks, whilst also garnering support from high-profile names including Dame Cecila Thomas, Lord Borwick and Sophie Morgan.

In addition, BBAA are sponsors of this year’s accessibility awards for both the Cateys in July and the AA Awards in September.

For more information or to apply for the Blue Badge Access Awards, please visit https://www.bluebadgeaccessawards.com/the-awards.


Alternatively, please email fiona@bluebadgeaccessawards.com for an entry form.



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