• There are 1 in 5 people living with a disability in the UK, 80% of which are hidden*.
  • In partnership with WelcoMe, Currys is trialling a new tool, designed to make shopping easier for customers with disabilities.
  • Customers register their specific requirements prior to visiting a local Currys store, which allows Currys colleagues to prepare for, and accommodate their visit

Monday 18 March – Currys becomes the first tech retailer to partner with WelcoMe***, a platform with inclusivity at its heart, aimed to improve the shopping experience for customers with disabilities. The partnership launches in conjunction with Neurodiversity Celebration Week, which aims to bring about worldwide neurodiversity acceptance, equality and inclusion**.

A purpose-built web-app, the platform works by allowing shoppers with a disability to register an in-person store visit, online. Through filling out a quick form indicating any specific disability related needs or information, and an estimated date/time of arrival, stores are then notified of the upcoming visit giving them the opportunity to prepare for and accommodate any specific requirements etc.

The tool also gives retail partners access to useful pointers and best practice techniques to help accommodate anybody, specific to certain disabilities.

The trial will be piloted across twenty Currys stores around the Birmingham region, including: Birmingham Castle Vale, Birmingham Highgate, Birmingham Selly Oak, Burton, Cannock, Kidderminster, Leicester Fosse, Leicester St Georges, Loughborough, Merry Hill Retail Park, Shrewsbury, Solihull, Stafford, Stoke Festival Park, Stoke Longton, Sutton Coldfield, Tamworth, Telford, Wednesbury J9 and Wolverhampton. Our teams are briefed and ready to start welcoming customers who use the tool as of this week.

As WelcoMe founder, Gavin Neate explains, “Currys is an ideal partner to encourage the engagement of disabled people. The staff we have worked with so far could not have been more excited to test out our platform and their excitement around its potential to support customers and staff alike has been truly inspiring.”

“When we see knowledgeable, disability confident staff members interact with their disabled customers and hear positive feedback from both, it gives us the most amazing feeling that our Tech 4 Good solution could change the world – and we’re proud that Currys are joining us on this journey.”

The project also builds on Currys' one-year-old ‘Quiet Hour’, whereby stores reduce noise, keep lights low, and make sure there are no flashing screens in store, every Monday to Friday until 11am.

Ainsley Sykes Head of Commercial Initiatives, Retail Design and Technology said “We have enjoyed a lot of success with our Quiet Hour initiative, which Currys leads the way operating every weekday, yet we wanted to do more.”

“We became aware that 60% of disabled customers could not find the information they wanted to about a product online, so giving disabled customers access to our stores to see, feel and try the product and speak to our expert colleagues is even more important. The WelcoMe platform will really support us in our promise to Help Everyone Enjoy Amazing Technology.”

WelcoMe is now also available across all sectors, including clients such as Northlink Ferries, Westminster City Council, Crowne Plaza Hotel, and Glasgow Science Centre.

*Research by NHS in 2022 - Invisible Disabilities Week 2022 | DPT

**Neurodiversity Celebration Week (neurodiversityweek.com)

*** WelcoMe (wel-co.me)

About WelcoMe:

WelcoMe is a leading provider of disability inclusion customer service solutions, empowering businesses to create accessible and welcoming environments. Our mission is to build a world where everyone feels included, regardless of ability.

We provide businesses of all sizes with comprehensive solutions to supporting customers and provide in the moment training and resources, including disability awareness and ongoing support. This enables staff to confidently assist customers with disabilities, ensuring a positive and seamless experience.

Our solutions are designed to foster a culture of inclusion, leading to increased customer satisfaction, loyalty, and brand reputation. WelcoMe aims to remove barriers and create opportunities where everyone is able to participate fully in society.

Our vision is a world where everyone feels welcome. We believe businesses have a fundamental role in creating inclusion and accessibility. Through our innovative solutions and ongoing support, we strive to empower organisations to become leaders in disability inclusion.