Responsible traders earn recognition

Wigan Council regulation services assistant director Alan Blundell and Trading Standards licensing manager Julie Middlehurst present a Responsible Retailer award to Paul and Lorraine Aaron from Bargain Booze Extra, Spring View
Wigan Council regulation services assistant director Alan Blundell and Trading Standards licensing manager Julie Middlehurst present a Responsible Retailer award to Paul and Lorraine Aaron from Bargain Booze Extra, Spring View
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EXEMPLARY behaviour earned 15 Wigan borough store bosses a prize this week.

The Responsible Retailer Awards, run by Wigan Council’s Trading Standards and Licensing Section, saw the stores receive a certificate for their commitment in preventing under-age sales of products such as alcohol.

The businesses, many of them off-licences, have all been trained by the section to understand their responsibilities about how important it is that they don’t sell age-restricted items to people who are under 18.

A number of the recipients have also received training as part of the Community Alcohol Partnership (CAP), which aims to tackle the harmful effects of alcohol on young people and communities by reducing alcohol related anti-social behaviour and increasing alcohol awareness.

The award scheme has been running for five years and has seen more than 500 members of staff and managers from over 100 shops and off-licences receive training, advice and support to stop under age sales taking place.

Julie Middlehurst, service manager for trading standards and licensing, said: “I am delighted that 15 retailers will be receiving an award.

“Their commitment has been fantastic and really shows how they take their responsibilities very seriously.

“It is really important that businesses who sell alcohol, cigarettes, fireworks don’t allow any sales to people under 18, as they are breaking the law and face serious consequences.”

The ceremony takes place at 3pm at Leigh Sports Village. If you own a shop or off-licence and would like to be part of the scheme, visit http://www.wigan.gov.uk/Business/Trading-Standards/UnderAgeSales.aspx or call 01942 827476.