Westminster has recently received BIIAB accreditation after establishing a new training arm and it is offering licensees the chance to acquire a BIIAB Level 1 Award in Responsible Alcohol Retailing.
The council is running two half-day courses at Westminster City Hall on 22 February and 13 March which are part of the Scholars Program set up by SABMMiller and the BII last year.
“This training course is on offer for all of those small businesses that need help and don’t have the training budget,” said Deirdre Hayes, Westminster Council’s service manager for environmental health consultation and licensing. “It is purely voluntary but obviously it is in their interests.
“It is very much a case of giving the industry the tools they need to be responsible businesses. Enforcement is our last resort, and it has got to be our last resort, because it is costly in terms of the council’s resources and it is costly in terms of businesses who want to encourage and we want to flourish.
“We learn as training providers from the industry what the issues are and obviously we will try to help and encourage a good working relationship with all people.”
Licensees interested in the courses should call 020 7641 3161 or email firstname.lastname@example.org