The idea behind the open days is for businesses who sell alcohol to come along and find out more about their role and responsibilities. It is also a change to find out how the borough council can support businesses, along with the wide range of help and advice available.
The two open days are being held at The Castle Hotel. The first is set to take place on Thursday March 13th at 9.30am and the second on Thursday May 15th, also starting at 9.30am. Lunch will be provided and anyone wishing to attend should confirm their attendance to Beverley Chadwick at the Colin Grazier pub on 07940 911002 or by email at Ubar.firstname.lastname@example.org.
The two events will look at responsible management, alcohol consumption on premises and also how to reduce the likelihood of problems occurring at venues. In addition, there will be speakers from other organisations and businesses will also be sharing their experiences. It is also open to businesses from East Staffordshire and Lichfield.
Councillor Stephen Doyle, Cabinet Member for the Environment, said: “These two events are aimed at working with businesses to give them help and advice on managing their premises.
“As a council, we would much rather work with people and support them than take enforcement action, which is always a last resort. These sessions will update businesses on changes to legislation while giving practical help on the day-to-day management of their premises.
“We want to send the message to businesses that we are here to help and open for business; these events should give people help and support, giving them the confidence to improve how they run their businesses.”
The cost of alcohol misuse to society is more than £3 billion ever year, not to mention the impact on family life and employers. Well-managed premises can actively contribute to the community; however premises with problems need to be supported to ensure they meet the licensing objectives and do not adversely impact on the community.
The borough council also runs meetings every six weeks for other businesses which do not sell alcohol but have other licensing requirements.