A TRIO of staff from local businesses are leading the way in responsible alcohol retailing after being presented with special awards at the House of Commons.
Jonny Birch from No73 Delicatessen (Java) in Uppermill, Charlotte Jones from The Old Bell Inn at Delph and David Johnson from The Baum, Rochdale each received the accolade for demonstrating excellence in the sector.
They all completed a training workshop on responsible alcohol retailing, run by Clare Jackson, owner of CLJ Consultants in Greenfield.
Learners on the course, which is funded by beverage company SAB Miller, each receive a nationally-recognised qualification, accredited by the British Institute of Innkeeping (BIIAB).
And Clare was so impressed by these three participants that she nominated them to attend the special event in London with their managers.
They were presented with an Award in Responsible Alcohol Retailing and also enjoyed a guided tour of the Houses of Parliament from Greenfield-born MP Jonathan Lord.
Learners from around the UK heard speeches on the importance of responsible retailing to tackle alcohol abuse and anti-social behaviour by Denise Thompson (BIIAB), Sally Keeble (SAB Miller Programme Patron) and Jonathan Lord (MP for Woking).
Clare, who has trained over 150 bar, restaurant and shop staff in Oldham since 2011, explained: “The programme gives businesses a helping hand towards the achievement of a national qualification.
“The training, which is interactive and informative, ensures staff have a good understanding of licensing law and the confidence and tools to deal with underage sales and drunken customers.
“It contributes significantly to raising standards of professionalism within the industry by qualifying those on the front line.”
Anyone working in the industry in Saddleworth or Oldham who wishes to attend the training, should contact Clare on firstname.lastname@example.org or www.cljconsultants.co.uk