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Adapted Vehicle Hire News Updates: Mobility shops ‘disappearing from the high street’

The number of mobility shops on UK high streets is dwindling, according to Help My Mobility, the online information centre for people searching for mobility products.

Help My Mobility, established in 2004, says the advent of the internet and the recession are two reasons why mobility shops are struggling to remain on the local high street.

“The wide range of choice offered to consumers when they shop online is tempting increasing numbers of people away from the cold and drafty high street and back into the warmth of their living rooms,” Help My Mobility said on its website.

However, rather than entirely lament the decreasing number of physical stores, Help My Mobility says shops are being clever and utilising the online trend: “As business patterns change, increasing numbers of mobility shops are leaving the high street altogether and setting up shop online, eager to attract customers from further afield.”

Some areas of the country that are seeing increased demand for mobility aids include Manchester, Liverpool, Nottingham and Leicester. Stairlifts have seen a particular surge in demand.

For disabled people and their carers, the right mobility equipment makes day-to-day tasks, and simply getting around, that much easier. Check out I-drive for a list of recommended retailers.

In other news, ski resorts have been steadily improving disabled access over recent years and could provide a perfect holiday for individuals or families with disabilities, according to the Independent.

If you have a disability or reduced mobility, talk to Adapted Vehicle Hire about our fantastic range of specially adapted cars and wheelchair accessible vehicles. Great Christmas offers available. Book online now!