In a ceremony at Lancaster Gate, The Minister of State for Disabled People, Sarah Newton MP appointed Ed Warner, co-founder of the award-winning, accessible design company Motionspot, as sector champion for the ‘Design of Products and Spaces’. The new role reflects the importance of designing more inclusive environments, accessible products and making those with a disability – who represent 13.2m people in the UK – a business priority.
Ed Warner says: “I’m delighted to have been appointed as sector champion for the Design of Products and Spaces and help represent the needs of disabled people. My vision is to encourage a culture of change across the industry, so accessible products and spaces are better designed to suit the needs, style preferences and budgets of all. The ultimate goal is to create beautiful, accessible environments that are appealing and inclusively designed for everyone”.
Minister for Disabled People, Sarah Newton says: “For too long businesses have been missing out on the spending power of disabled customers and their families – worth a staggering £249 billion a year. Our new champions will fight for the rights of disabled consumers so they can spend their money where and when they want, just like everyone else”.
The newly appointed Champion, Ed Warner, plans to raise awareness of the commercial benefits for those who can make their spaces more accessible, with outreach in the hospitality, workplace, healthcare and leisure sectors. With a growing ageing population requiring suitable and desirable accommodation, liaison with retirement developers, house builders and local authority procurement departments will be essential to ensure a greater number of accessible, future-proofed homes.
Ed intends to involve more disabled people in the design process, to ensure products solve a specific need based on evidence-based principles. He adds: “It is important that all groups are aware of the positive impact that well-designed, accessible products and spaces have on the physical and mental well-being of disabled people. If these are well-designed, they will appeal to everyone”. www.motionspot.co.uk