Audits help Virgin group plan budgets

An East Yorkshire business which specialises in identifying property access issues is emerging as a leader in its field after completing two major projects for Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Holidays.

About Access has now completed a full audit of two buildings housing more than 1,000 people at Virgin Atlantic’s administration and training centres at Crawley in Sussex.

That project led directly to a second contract for similar work with Virgin Holidays, and Ian Streets, Managing Director of About Access, is now exploring further projects as businesses look into access issues around their premises as part of the process of setting budgets.

“The contract wins with Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Holidays are evidence that the business is gaining recognition,” said Ian, who founded About Access in 2006.

“The contract with Virgin Holidays was a direct result of having completed a successful project with Virgin Atlantic.

“It was about helping the business to plan its budgets for the next financial year, and there may well be other organisations in a similar position, whether they see ensuring good access to their premises as investing in their workforce or whether they just want to make sure they comply with current legislation.”

A spokesman for Virgin Atlantic said: “We recognise the importance of making sure our company premises are accessible to able-bodied and disabled people alike, whether they be our own employees or visitors to our  sites. The work by About Access will help us plan ahead and identify and resolve any issues that might be creating difficulties for people who are working with us.”