Closomat hoists to help businesses cash in on £14bn disabled tourist spend

Hoist specialist Closomat is looking to help businesses achieve best practice and extend their customer base without impacting their floorspace.

The supplier wants new multi-occupancy buildings like hotels, student accommodation and nursing and residential homes to consider hoist systems to meet the British Standards recommendation that a minimum 5% of bedrooms should be accessible, with an en-suite and have a fixed tracked‑hoist system or similar system.

This compliments the legal Building Regulations, Approved Document M, which states one bedroom in every 20 in buildings other than dwellings should be wheelchair-accessible, Closomat says.

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The company’s marketing manager, Robin Tuffley, said that the latest figures by Tourism for All show that 1 in 5 people in the UK is disabled – 20% of the potential customer base for hotels and care homes.

He said: “Parties that include a disabled person spend £14billion a year on tourism and travel in the UK, they stay longer and tend to spend more. In higher education, there’s been a 56% increase in five years, of students with a known disability.

“And many nursing and care home residents have mobility issues. So there’s a sound business reason to accommodate their needs.”

Closomat’s fixed track hoist system runs across the ceiling, so takes up no floor space, and doesn’t impinge on the room being occupied by able guests.

It also offers a range of ‘clip on’ accessible accessories based round a wall-hung track, that enable an en-suite to quickly and easily be adapted with support arms, shower seats, hand rails, back supports.

“Thus, one room becomes dual-purpose. If you are designing a hotel or care environment, it opens your doors to up to 20% more clients. And the disabled student population is on the increase: now, almost 10% of higher education students have a disability, who also need any or all of the bathroom adaptations, and so should be accommodated!” added Tuffley.

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