Law, legislation and licensing at the HABC National Conference

Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance (HABC) will be putting the latest and proposed legislative changes to the industry under the spotlight at its conference later this year, with a line-up including the Institute of Licensing and the Scottish Grocers Federation.

Held at Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester, on 13 November 2014, the HABC National Conference will feature a seminar on licensing issues throughout the day – sponsored by the Alliance of Quality Licensing Trainers (AQLT) and Marks & Spencer – with insights and updates on training, legislation and compliance from leading experts including:

proposed legislative changesJohn Drummond, Chief Executive, Scottish Grocers Federation;



Jon CollinsJon Collins, Chairman, Institute of Licensing Ltd;



Peter CoulsonPeter Coulson, Editor of the Licensing Review, co-founder of the M&C Report; and



Mike WroeMike Wroe, Director, HABC.



Jason Sprenger, HABC Chief Executive, said, ‘The licensing sector faces a number of challenges right across the four nations, both now and in the future, from the legal to the operational.  Our speakers will be addressing those issues and providing guidance for operators and educators on how to meet those challenges’.

The conference is expected to attract an anticipated 600 delegates including blue-chip corporate clients and brand names, leading industry experts and educators and trainers.

The licensing seminar is one of seven that make up the entire conference covering a number of sectors including apprenticeships, fire safety/health and safety, first aid, food safety, pool lifeguarding and security.


AQLT and HABC team up to improve access to APLH courses

National retailers and members of the public seeking APLH courses will be able to find them more easily thanks to this new partnership.

The Alliance of Quality of Licensing Trainers (AQLT)* is now offering Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance (HABC) qualifications at a number of their training centres across England, Scotland and Wales, with key examination venues including Bournemouth, Bristol, Cardiff, Cheltenham, Liverpool, London and Oxford.

The coverage of venues will allow national licensed retailers and the general public to sit HABC examinations at AQLT’s centres on a number of monthly dates, offering them greater flexibility and choice.  The dates will be published on HABC’s Coursefinder Plus.

It is the second time the two organisations have teamed up, having previously partnered in 2012 to offer the first national training programme in Underage Sales Prevention to both the on- and off-licence sectors in 40 locations across England and Wales.

Martin Read, Acting Chair of AQLT, said, ‘We are extremely pleased to now be able to offer HABC personal licence holder qualifications at our training centres across the UK. The initial national series of Preventing Underage Sales courses we delivered using HABC qualifications was most successful and we now look forward to providing this essential APLH qualification to many HABC corporate and public clients’.


Christian Sprenger, HABC MD, said, ‘We have worked successfully with AQLT before, and we know that they have the same commitment to high standards, customer service and meeting expectations as we do. AQLT shares our values, and through this partnership we will be able to deliver high-quality qualifications across England, Scotland and Wales.’

AQLT now delivers HABC’s full suite of licensing qualifications, including the APLH, SCPLH and the SCPLHR, as well as a number of other related compliance qualifications available upon request including food safety, health and safety and underage sales,available to members of the public or delivered to major national retailers.

To find out more, and for contact details of Centres that will be offering HABC qualifications in each region, go to Coursefinder Plus.

* AQLT is a group of five of the UK’s largest and award-winning training companies for the delivery of licensing training in England, Scotland and Wales (abv Training, InnConfidence, Inn Dispensable Training, InnPacked and Poppleston Allen).

Updated APLH course book and training presentation

NCPLH-PP-CDWe’ve updated our materials related to the APLH, with additions to the Level 2 Licensing Course Book to take into account recent changes to legislation and a redesigned Level 2 APLH Licensing Training Presentation to make it even more user friendly.

Suitable for use on Level 2 Award for Personal Licence Holders (APLH) courses, the book focuses on key points and covers the Licensing Act 2003, personal licences, premises licences, protection of children, powers and enforcement, temporary event notices and responsibility in alcohol retailing.

The training presentations covers the same areas via a PowerPoint presentation, delegate and tutor thumbnails, handouts, exercises and a full set of lecture notes to guide trainers.

For more information and to see our wider range of products for the APLH England and Wales, click here.

A Question of Licensing for Scotland

SCPLHqof-book A Question of Licensing for ScotlandWith licensing such a hot topic in Scotland at the moment, Highfield has published A Question of Licensing for Scotland, an interactive and practical workbook to help train servers and sellers of alcohol. 

The book provides 2 hours of licensing training for staff who sell or serve alcohol (as required by Scottish law), and can be used by trainers to sell to Personal Licence Holders who are looking to train colleagues on-site.  Key topics covered include Scottish licensing law, powers of enforcements, licensed premises, protection of children and seller’s responsibility.

The book also contains a tear-out training record which can be used to demonstrate proof of training. 

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Concerns over SCPLH refreshers

HABC is urging SCPLH holders to undertake their refresher training as soon as possible after fresh concerns were raised about the number completing.

It is a requirement in Scotland that anyone who received a personal licence on or before 1 September 2009 must have completed refresher training by 1 September 2014.  However, there are concerns that only a small percentage of those affected have completed this, with some reports suggesting as few as 1200 of the 25,000 licence holders in Scotland having undertaken the training as of March 2014.

The failure to complete refresher training by the deadline could be potentially catastrophic for individuals and businesses, with the Scottish Government insisting that those who do not complete in time will have their licences revoked.

HABC is supporting a campaign by the Hospitality, Leisure, Travel and Tourism Consultancy (HLTTC) to raise awareness of the issue and a number of initiatives to encourage licensees to complete their training in time.

Highfield has also recently published the Licensing Course Book, which is suitable for both licence holders and educators undergoing refresher training, and can be used as a reference manual once training has been completed.

For more information, click here.

Licensing event for Oxon, Bucks and Thames Valley landlords and alcohol retailers

If you’re a pub landlord or alcohol retailer in Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and the Thames Valley, then HABC will be hosting an event this April to help you protect your customers and business.

The workshop, on 10 April 2014 at the Kassam Stadium, Oxford, will focus on understanding and working with licensing regulatory bodies on the key issues of the day including reducing underage sales, crime reduction, test purchasing and social responsibility initiatives such as Best Bar None and Pubwatch.

Open to anyone involved in the licensed trade – from pub landlords and shop managers to council officials and training providers – the event will feature speakers from local authorities across England and the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) on best practice.

Christian Sprenger, Managing Director of HABC, said, ‘The licensed trade has undergone so many changes of late that it’s hard to keep track, so we’re calling time on the confusion. Our event will cover the main issues affecting those involved in the selling of alcohol and will provide them with practical solutions for working with the authorities and helping to create a safer environment for staff and customers’.

Speakers at the event will include:

alcohol retailer

Sgt Mark Worthington, Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO)
Mark is involved in and runs crime and disorder initiatives in Northampton, including the town’s Best Bar None (BBN) scheme. Mark will be speaking on underage sales with reference to the police’s views on this topic and how they work to reduce this, as well as discussing crime and social responsibility initiatives such as BBN and Pubwatch.


Brandon Cook, spokesperson at Trading Standards Public Protection Team
Brandon will take attendees through the latest details and guidelines for ‘Test Purchasing’.



Patrick Crowley, Licensing Team Manager at the London Borough of Kensington and Chelsea – Patrick will discuss how to practically work better with licensing departments/officers as well as pick up on current practical and topical issues.  Attendees will then understand and be able to answer very practical questions that their learners may ask whilst attending courses they run.

Tickets for the event at the Kassam Stadium on 10 April 2014 cost £55 plus VAT for existing HABC members, and £95 plus VAT for non-members.