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Alcohol training session helps retailers learn the law

16 February 2017

Alcohol training session attendees.

Retailers in the borough of Rochdale have taken part in a special training course to help tackle the harms that can be caused by irresponsible alcohol trading.

28 staff members from licensed premises attended the course to help them understand their duties when it comes to selling alcohol.

The full day course, hosted by Rochdale Borough Council's responsible retailers scheme, enabled attendees to learned about licensing law as well as the procedures around serving people who are drunk and under-age sales.

'It helps us to be more confident in our jobs.'

The session encouraged attendees to operate a Challenge25 policy when selling alcohol and tested their knowledge with a 'guess their age' game. The importance of recording sales or attempted purchases where identification was requested was also explained.

Sarah Howarth was a candidate on the course, she said; "The more information and knowledge we have the safer our customers and staff are. It helps us to be more confident in our jobs."

Alan Ford also took part in the course, he said: "The course was made up of material which I will 100 per cent use in the future. It will really benefit me and the company I work for."

'Protecting people from the harm that irresponsible drinking can cause is extremely important'

On completion of the training session attendees were required to pass a multiple choice exam, to receive a nationally recognised, level 1 qualification in responsible alcohol-retailing from the British Institute of Innkeeping Awarding Body (BIIAV).

Councillor Janet Emsley, Rochdale Borough Council's cabinet member for culture, health and wellbeing, said: "Protecting our young and vulnerable people from the harm that irresponsible drinking can cause is extremely important to us, so I am pleased to see that our retailers are taking their responsibilities seriously. We have been working extensively with our businesses to ensure they are trading responsibly like providing training sessions and conducting test purchasing exercises so we can resolve any issues. I hope that by working in partnership we can make our borough a safer place to live for everyone."

To find out more about the Responsible Retailers scheme and how to become a member contact 03454 040506 or