Ed Warner (right) pictured in 2017 at the Blue Badge Style Awards.
Championing Accessible Design
The appointment reflects the importance of designing more inclusive environments and accessible products for the estimated 13.2 million who live a disability in the United Kingdom.
Speaking after the ceremony, Ed Warner said:
"I am 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."
"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."
Sarah Newton FRSA, said:
"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."