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Blake Lapthorn's licensing seminar - 28 September 2010


Blake Lapthorn's Licensing team held a seminar with the British Institute of Inns in Oxford on 28 September 2010.

Blake Lapthorn's Licensing team held a seminar with the British Institute of Inns in Oxford on 28 September 2010.

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  • 1. Successfully working with your local authority Claire Bignell Tuesday 28 th September 2010
  • 2. Claire Bignell Who am I?
      • Vice Chairman, Thames Valley Region BII
      • Company Director, Hospitality Train
      • Award winning licensee and trainer
      • Events and Marketing Officer, Aylesbury Town Council
      • Best Bar None Assessor, Aylesbury Vale District Council
      • Wife and Mother
  • 3. Your Local Authority
    • Here to help or here to hinder?
    • How can they help?
    • Why do they hinder? (or does it just feel like they do)
    • What can you do to keep them on side (why is this important?)
    • The benefits of best practice
  • 4. Best Bar None key elements
    • Promotion of responsible licensed trade management
    • Promotion of socially responsible drinking
    • Commitment to caring for, and protecting, customers
    • Commitment to reducing the potential for disorder in town centres and public places arising from alcohol abuse
  • 5. BII
    • BII is the professional body for the licensed retail sector
    • BII is a nationally recognised professional members' organisation. 
    • BII has around 15,000 members within the licensed retail industry and has the capacity to support every professional working in sector
    • BII members receive a number of exclusive benefits ranging from help lines and advice to personal savings and business discounts 
    • BII is the professional body for the licensed retail sector with charitable status and a remit to raise professional standards
    • BII reflects the views of 1000s of members across the UK
    • Awarding body BIIAB is the market-leading awarding body of qualifications for the sector
  • 6. Blake Lapthorn
    • Blake Lapthorn’s team of lawyers has the diverse legal and commercial expertise to see the bigger picture
    • Their work and the success of their clients' operations is supported by lawyers practising in essential niche areas of law such as alcohol licensing, health and safety, food, consumer protection and intellectual property
    • They feel businesses which offer food, alcohol or entertainment need to be innovative, adaptable and fast in the implementation of their new ideas to succeed, but also one step ahead of the power-wielding regulators
  • 7. Award applications
    • Why apply for awards or choose to compete against other licensed businesses?
    • Bench marking
    • Publicity – Free marketing
    • Staff feel good factor
    • Make your customers your ambassadors
    • Help you to do the things you should be doing anyway
  • 8. Who to ask for help
    • Marketing, BII or BBN
    • Claire Bignell, BII and director of Hospitality Train
    • BII, BBN or general operating help
    • Steve Williams, BII Regional Chairman (or regional council members)
    • BII, training or compliance
    • Marcus Harbourne, BII and director Harbourne Innpact Services
    • Defending prosecutions, employment, food, health and safety, licensing, property and planning, waste disposal and pollution
    • Phil Crier, Blake Lapthorn (or members of his team)
  • 9. Thank you!