A CHARITY part funded by Solihull Council is helping to boost the local economy by £1million each year.
Solihull Shopmobility - which offers equipment to help people who have mobility difficulties negociate the town centre more easily, recently carried out a survey on its customers and found that on average, they each spend £1,000 a year in local shops and businesses.
They were asked how often they shopped in the town centre and how much they spent on average during each visit.
The survey also covered customer satisfaction and the results were full of praise for the staff and volunteers who run the service from Drury Lane and Touchwood, with 90 per cent of customers stating that they are ‘very satisfied’ with the service.
Customers also thought the team wee always friendly and helpful and provide an invaluable service.
Cabinet member for community services and environment, Councillor Mrs Kate Wild said : “This charity is an asset to anyone who faces mobility difficulties because of illness, age, disability or injury.
“It’s great news that Shopmobility is also helping to boost the local economy, especially during these tough times. Well done to the hard working team of staff and volunteers who keep this service running.”
To use the equipment, people must register with Shopmobility by visiting one of its stores. A yearly payment of £10 is required and there is a 50p user charge each time equipment is taken out. For details call David Williams on 0121 704 8754.