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Pub and hospitality trade bodies publish track and trace guidance for businesses 

Leading trade associations representing the UK’s pub and hospitality sectors have today issued joint guidance to businesses on supporting the Government’s track and trace customer registration scheme.

The guidance has been jointly produced by the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA), British Institute of Innkeeping (BII) and UKHospitality. It aims to provide clarity to enable businesses to take positive steps towards achieving the scheme’s public health objectives, as well as businesses’ obligations and practical tips to implement a successful scheme.

The core principles of the scheme, its objectives and practical solutions are explained, including:

·     What information should be recorded

·     How the information should be recorded

·     Relevant issues regarding GDPR.

In a joint statement, the trade bodies said: “There has been a significant amount of interest from both businesses and customers about the track and trace scheme and some confusion also.

“It is a core component of the safe reopening of businesses and it is something that all venues are going to have to get to grips with. This can help us to avoid a second spike and the disastrous consequences that would entail, for society and business.

“This guidance provides clear instructions to businesses on their obligations and reminds them why it is important that they make a success of the scheme. It is in the interests of everyone in the country that we all understand our role in the scheme and its importance in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Businesses are urged to read the guidance thoroughly and ensure that they have the proper procedures in place before they reopen their doors to customers. If they are unsure abut any element, they should contact their trade association immediately.” 

Tackling gang crime, security threats and terrorism to be the focus of National Pubwatch Conference

Tackling gang related crime, security threats and terrorism are to be the focus of the 20th annual National Pubwatch Conference. 
The event, which will take place at the Crowne Plaza, Sheffield, on Tuesday, 5th March 2024, boasts a raft of industry speakers from the pub, licensed and police sectors. 

Daniel Davies from Rockpoint Leisure and New Brighton Pubwatch will talk about tackling gang crime in the licensed trade.  

There will also be a legal update that will see Jonathan Smith and Andy Grimsey from Poppleston Allen talk about the latest impacts on the sector including the up-and-coming Martyn’s Law or its official title as the Terrorism (Protection of Premises Bill). 

National Pubwatch of the Year Nottingham Pubwatch will be at the event and its chair Michele Somers will give her view on sharing best practice. 

Matt Lambert, chief executive of The Portman Group, will give the trade view with an insight into the organisation.  Other speakers include Matt Sessions, Problem Solving Tactical Advisor from Warwickshire Police and Chief Superintendent Ian Proffitt, Prevention Strategic Lead, South Yorkshire Police. 

The prestigious National Pubwatch awards will also be handed out on the day including the National Pubwatch Award of Merit, which rewards individuals that have contributed to the success of pubwatch schemes and the Malcolm Eidmans award, which recognises the outstanding contribution made by a police officer or member of police staff in supporting the work of their local pubwatch scheme.

There will also two Bravery and Meritorious Conduct Awards given, which recognise the contribution of individuals whose actions have saved life or minimised physical harm. 

National Pubwatch chairman Steve Baker OBE said: “This is set to be another challenging year for the late-night economy. The conference will focus on some of the major issues related to preventing violence and reduction of harm and our speakers will be providing practical advice and guidance.

“It is also important that we recognise best practice and it will be a privilege to recognise those who have contributed so much to making our town centres a safer environment.”
Mark Worthington, who chairs the conference organising committee at National Pubwatch, said: “We look forward to welcoming delegates to this years’ conference, it is our 20th conference so quite a milestone. We feel we have put together an interesting and informative agenda based upon current issues in the night time economy and feedback from Pubwatches and associated bodies throughout the year.”
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The Clink Charity identifies first candidates for In-Prison Apprenticeships in partnership with HIT Training

The Clink Charity has identified the first students who will take part in its new apprenticeship programme, run in partnership with HIT Training. This will be the first time that apprenticeships have been delivered to serving prisoners.

While many of these students have already been working in Clink training schemes and studying towards industry standard hospitality qualifications, the apprenticeship programme provides an additional pathway to employment which is linked to vocational training.

On release, candidates will then work towards full completion of the course and their apprenticeship. Part of the study also includes a minimum level of English and maths, which is a condition of completion.

Students will also receive support and mentoring from The Clink’s regional support team. This level of support includes, but is not limited to, assisting with benefits, housing, reintegration and relocation as well as many other aspects such as food, accommodation and childcare.

This support ensures learners are given the help they need to reintegrate successfully into society on release – and are matched to a job that fits their skills and lifestyle.

Minister for Skills, Apprenticeships and Higher Education Robert Halfon said: “Apprenticeships are crucial to giving people from all backgrounds, no matter their circumstance, the chance to climb the ladder of opportunity while addressing skills gaps and helping to grow our economy.”

“So, it is brilliant news that The Clink Charity are beginning to embrace apprenticeships, transforming lives, and creating second chances for inmates. The Clink Charity understand that providing opportunities to all will help us build a skills nation. I hope more follow their lead.”

Yvonne Thomas, Chief Executive of The Clink Charity, said: “We are so excited to be working alongside HIT Training to deliver this fantastic new scheme that has the potential to transform people’s lives.

“People in prison are looking for ways to embrace change and start again – and this programme allows them to do just that, by securing employment with a national employer on release.”

Jill Whittaker, Executive Chair at HIT Training said: “HIT Training is delighted to be working in partnership with our friends at The Clink to support prisoners into apprenticeships.

“We believe that careers change lives, and that those people undertaking these special programmes will leave prison with a career to look forward to. We have been working toward our first prisoner apprenticeships with The Clink for some time, and simply can’t wait to get started!”
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