September 14th 2004.

Bongate Bikes, a motorcycle dealership in the Scottish Borders, has adapted its facilities to provide easier access for disabled people.

The important changes have been made three weeks before the revised Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) comes into force. Businesses across the country need to ensure that they are compliant with this new legislation before October 1st 2004.

There are 10 million disabled people in Britain, with combined spending capital of more than £50 million.

Bongate Bikes is owned by Stuart Amos, who also owns Cats Café. Stuart sponsors The Dippers, a local swimmers' group for disabled people, members of which were on hand to try out the improvements at Bongate Bikes.

To obtain a copy of the Department for Work and Pensions' free DDA information pack and video, tel: 0845 124 9841, textphone: 1 800 1 0845 124 9841 or E-mail:

The Disability Rights Commission provides support and advice on a wide range of issues relating to disability. For a copy of the free Practical Guide for Small Businesses, tel: 08457 622 633, textphone: 08457 622 644 or download it from:

The National Register of Access Consultants offers advice about access. To contact an access auditor, visit: A charge is made for each audit.
Alternatively, seek the views of disabled people or representative organisations.

Pictured: Stuart Amos, owner of Bongate Bikes and Cats Café, with members of The Dippers swimming club.

Image courtesy of Vismedia.