AlcoholLicence.org is a blog dedicated to providing up to date information about alcohol licensing and licensed retail. Our articles are aimed at licensees and the general public both in the UK and worldwide. We also highlight pertinent news stories from around the country.
Since August 2010, we’ve been helping readers catch up with the details of the new licensing regimes: the Licensing Act 2003 (introduced November 2005) and the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 (introduced September 2009). From this point, licensing has been moving fast, stimulated by a good deal of social and political change. Basic staff training has become mandatory in Scotland. Challenge 21 and Challenge 25 age verification policies have become more recognised and widespread, while test purchasing has become more common. Minimum pricing legislation has become an active political debate, first in Scotland and more recently in England and Wales. Health groups have repeatedly lobbied government to enforce limits on the retail density of licensed premises. Counterfeit spirits, often dangerous to health, have become more common, causing a string of serious casualties in Europe in 2012.
Perhaps the most noticeable change is that more and more small businesses are selling alcohol online, buoyed by a resurgence of interest in British products. We’re always pleased to read your comments and address your questions, and we’ve noticed a real interest out there in microbreweries, mobile bars and specialist spirits companies. Beer clubs, meanwhile, have stepped up to join the traditional wine clubs and mailing lists. We hope that as the big issues surrounding alcohol are gradually tackled, eccentric British firms continue to spring up and grow.
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About Personal Licence Training (UK) Ltd
Personal Licence Training (UK) Ltd is a specialist licensing firm based in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. Their team of licensing consultants and tutors assist clients with every aspect of alcohol licensing.
PLT specialise in preparing and securing premises licence and personal licence applications, as well as amending the conditions of existing premises licences. Training is an integral part of the licensing process, and PLT offer instructor led courses for the APLH and SCPLH licensing qualifications throughout the United Kingdom, as well as e-learning qualifications. Personal Licence Training (UK) Ltd now offer a web design and web hosting service for their customers so that they can produce a full service.
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