Doncaster launches BBN 2015

Doncaster’s Metropolitan Borough Council (DMBC) launched its Best Bar None (BBN) initiative for 2015 this September with a special event for local licensees.

best bar noneHeld at the Doncaster Mansion House on 2 September 2014 – and with HABC staff in attendance – the event featured speakers including Deputy Mayor of Doncaster Glyn Jones, Sgt Steve Butler of South Yorkshire Police and Paul Williams, DMBC’s Business Safety and Licensing Manager amongst others.

The scheme aims to help local licensees make Doncaster a safe and friendly destination at night, and has resulted in a significant decline in alcohol-related crime in the borough since it launched in 2006. Part of that success has been through the training of over 600 licensees and staff by BBN, with support from HABC in the form of qualifications and learning materials.

For more information on Doncaster BBN, click here.

Dundee launches STAR Awards

STAR Awards DundeeDundee City Council has launched a brand new initiative to help promote responsible drinking and customer care in the city’s pubs, clubs and bars, with training support from Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance (HABC).

The STAR Awards Dundee celebrates the best licensed establishments, recognising their commitment to safety, responsible drinking and customer care.

Operated by DUNCAN (the Dundee Co-Ordinated Anti-Crime Network), the new award stands for safety, training, awareness and responsibility, and replaces previous recognition programmes.

The initiative, which will offer licence holders cost effective and regulated training, is being made available with the support of both HABC and Scottish licensing guru Janet Hood.

STAR Awards Dundee is the first such scheme in Scotland to become a HABC Approved Centre in its own right, joining other similar initiatives in other towns and cities across the British Isles including Barnsley, Doncaster, Norwich, Sheffield and Wigan in being able to offer HABC qualifications directly and very competitively.

Mike Wroe, HABC Director, said, ‘This is a formidable partnership between STAR Awards Dundee, the Janet Hood Consultancy and HABC, and we’re delighted that STAR Awards Dundee has become one of our Centres and will be able to deliver our SCPLH and Refresher qualifications. It’s to their enormous credit that they came through the approval process with flying colours, and the fact that their members have won seven of the 12 awards available in the national version of similar schemes in Scotland over the last three years speaks volumes’.


HABC teams up with training bodies to tackle underage sales

Underage salesHABC has teamed up with three of the licensing sector’s top training organisations to help staff tackle the issue of underage sales.

abv Training, Inn-Dispensable and Innpacked will be working with HABC throughout autumn to run a series of courses across England that aim to improve falling compliance levels in the on-trade sector.

A recent survey* showed that only 64% of licensed premises were passing test purchase visits, representing a significant downturn since 2010. Likewise, the sector is currently being out performed by the off-licence sector, where pass rates for test purchase visits were 85% in 2013.

The workshops will deliver the HABC Level 2 Award in Underage Sales Prevention (QCF), which was the first qualification in the UK to be introduced specifically for the subject and is accepted by Best Bar None initiatives and police waiver schemes.

Dates and locations are:

  • 11 September – Southampton – Delivered by Innpacked;
  • 16 September – Oxford – Delivered by Inn-Dispensable;
  • 18 September – Bournemouth – Delivered by Innpacked;
  • 22 September – Stone – Delivered by abv Training;
  • 23 September – Cardiff – Delivered by abv Training;
  • 24 September – Sheffield – Delivered by abv Training;
  • 25 September – Winchester – Delivered by Innpacked;
  • 13 October – Cheltenham – Delivered by Inn-Dispensable; and
  • 14 November – Bristol – Delivered by Inn-Dispensable.

Chris Sprenger, HABC Managing Director, said, ‘Standards across the sector need to be improved and the only way this can be achieved is through effective staff training and education. In most instances, selling alcohol to a minor will result in a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN ) of £90 being levied against the the member of staff, then the possibility of a greater fine and suspension of the premises licence for a second failure for the business.

But that is minor compared to the impact it can have on your business reputation locally in the longer term. The vast majority of the on-trade sector wants to be a “good neighbour” to their local community, and these workshops are the most effective way to ensure that you and your staff can achieve that’.

Each course lasts half a day, costs just £70 per learner and includes complimentary materials such as Highfield’s Preventing Underage Sales Handbook.

For more details on each individual course, go to course finder Plus.

* The survey was carried out by Serve Legal in 2013.