As part of our extensive experience in the Hospitality sector we have a great knowledge of the Licensing Laws. The Directors of QE2 have owned and run premises where old and current Licensing laws apply and are skilled at training people in the compliance of them.
Our licensing division prides itself on making sure our clients do not fall foul of the law but learn to embrace it.
We have found that although owners of licensed premises believe they adhere to the relevant laws, many are in breach of their licence and run the risk of losing it and consequently, their business. A Licensing Standards Officer (LSO) can visit a premises at any time and a lack of properly kept records, lack of staff training and a failure to display pertinent documents are just some of the serious issues we have seen highlighted.
At QE2, we do several things to prevent your business from breaking the law and being shut down. We not only give consultancy to the licenced trade, but train all staff correctly and issue compliant training records and training manuals. We provide a manual with everything the LSO would require sight of. We liaise with the LSO and Police to see what the current issues are in the area and then update the premises manager and staff of what needs to be done. We also visit the premises on a regular basis to make sure everything we put in place is being adhered to.
We can also apply for minor variations to the operating plan/licence and attend licensing boards if necessary and we have an on call service for any urgent and emergency queries.
We give an all-encompassing service to protect your business.
The Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 sets out the legislation and law relating to the sale of alcohol in Scotland. The Scottish Government concluded that this legislation would be steered by five core objectives:
These are incorporated in the 114 page Act.
As a manager in the licensed trade you are required to understand these objectives and be fully aware of your legal and social responsibilities in the supply and dispense of alcohol.
David Goodwin,Partner at Gray Goodwin - Founder of The Cognoscenti