October Licensing update.
Following England’s convincing 3rd win on Saturday they will now be progressing into the quarterfinals of the Rugby World Cup, although their next game against France will determine who will top the group. Wales also look in a very strong position to qualify and depending on results could face England in the quarterfinals. Scotland and Ireland face a more uncertain position but both can still qualify.
If England and Wales reach the quarter finals then whether they play each other or not their quarterfinals will kick off at 8:15am. The quarterfinals that would feature Scotland and Ireland would kick off at 11.15am.
The semi-finals and finals all have 9am kick offs. It’s still not too late to apply for Temporary Event Notices if your Licence doesn’t cover you for early opening. If you require assistance reviewing the terms of your licence or estate, please give one of our solicitors a call on 0114 266 8664.
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has just published official statistics on food law enforcement by local authorities for the year ending March 2019. The information provided by local authorities and compiled by the FSA, gives a detailed breakdown of enforcement activity across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
We have previously reported on campaigns introduced at Airports, to try and reduce the number of alcohol related incidents and arrests at airports. New figures have revealed a fall in arrests in 2018/19 compared to the previous year:
- 117 people arrested on planes in 2017/2018 compared to 87 people in 2018/2019 – a 25% reduction.
- In both Gatwick and Glasgow the number of arrests almost halved.
John Gaunt & Partners are delighted to see that we have maintained our premier status as a top ranked legal firm. Both the Sheffield and newly established South Coast offices are highlighted as market leaders with the Practice heads Michelle Hazlewood, Tim Shield and Jon Wallsgrove identified as leading individual practitioners. Christopher Grunert is also featured for the first time this year as a Next Generation Partner.
The World’s Biggest Pub Quiz will return next year with a new official charity partner – Action Against Hunger. This year’s quiz involved 1,400 pubs and raised more than £230,000 for Prostate Cancer UK. The event, organised by PubAid, will run from 8 to 12 March 2020 although pubs can hold it any time in 2020.
Food Standards Agency (FSA) announces new plans to enhance protection for people with food allergies and intolerances
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) Board have confirmed a series of new measures to protect those with food allergies and intolerances. The actions include:
- issuing a clear and easy to follow aide-memoire for enforcement officers (Environmental Health Officers and Trading Standards Officers) which is focused specifically on the action they should be taking within business in relation to food allergies.
- publishing an urgent update of the highly-regarded ‘Safer Food Better Business’ guide, including a review of on the allergens information included at the end of the year.
- launching of an awareness campaign to remind businesses and consumers about how to keep people with food allergies safe.
The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) and UKHospitality have jointly published guidance for tackling under-age gambling in pubs.
It has been reported that an exclusive nightclub in London has lost its licence after serious crime and disorder issues.
The Scottish Government has published its annual figures reflecting the number of Premises and Personal Licences held per Board across Scotland.
What is striking is the reduction in the number of Personal Licence Holders. Between March 2018 and March 2019, 5,274 Personal Licences were revoked for failure to produce evidence of refresher training.
Researchers from Newcastle University have today published their assessment of the immediate impact of the introduction of minimum unit pricing in Scotland on household alcohol purchases. The report considered the purchasing patterns for households in Scotland compared to a controlled sample in England pre and post the introduction of the 50p per unit minimum pricing policy in Scotland on 1 May 2018. The amount of alcohol purchased in Scotland showed a reduction of approximately 8% in the year after the introduction of the policy compared to a non-significant increase in England.
It has been reported that the Irish government has notified the European Commission of plans to ban alcohol promotions in the country. This development flows from Ireland’s efforts to reduce excessive alcohol consumption, the Country’s Public Health (Alcohol) Act was passed last year. The proposed plans are to ban the use of bonus or loyalty card points which would allow people to buy alcoholic drinks at a reduced price or free of charge.
With just 79 days until Christmas make sure you starting assessing whether your licence covers you for all the activities you wish to put on at the venue, if not, consider whether you require a Temporary Event Notice. Should you have any queries about this, please do not hesitate to contact us.