Belfast Telegraph

Jobs boost at disabled travel site Tripability

by lesley houston

A website providing travel tips for people with disabilities has created two new jobs after receiving a loan of £15,000 from the Northern Ireland Small Business Loan Fund.

The Tripability website, founded by businessman Michael Holden in February, gives disabled people the chance to avoid poor quality disabled facilities across the world.

Wheelchair users and others with physical impairments including visual and hearing disabilities are offered the chance to rate standards of dedicated services from leisure and retail to transport facilities.

The Tripadvisor-style data website, which has 2,000 registered users, has created the jobs to support its technical development and advertising sales.

Mr Holden said access during trips abroad is a major problem for people with disabilities.

Funding of £5m for the small business loan fund has been provided by Invest NI.

It is managed by UCI, a subsidiary of social finance organisation Ulster Community Investment Trust (UCIT).

Harry McDaid, chief executive of UCIT, said: "Tripability has targeted a significant gap in the market and is helping to provide an innovative solution to the real problems faced by thousands of people with disabilities on a daily basis."

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