Putney Business Backs Training To Prevent Underage Sales
Provided by council & Wandsworth PCT
Hudson’s store, in Putney's Riverside Quarter, Point Pleasant, proved its commitment to preventing illegal underage sales by sending twelve employees on the training course. In total, 35 sales staff from 14 businesses in Wandsworth have attended a session.
Yogesh Mehta, from Hudson’s, said:
“The training doesn’t just deal with the law on age restricted goods; it also gives positive advice on setting up procedures to prevent illegal sales and dealing with the conflict that can sometimes occur when a sale is refused due to not having adequate proof of age. I would thoroughly recommend other small businesses to attend the training.”
Business owners and employees have been learning useful tactics such as how to appropriately challenge a purchaser’s age and refuse a sale if they do not have proof of age when trying to buy items such as alcohol and cigarettes.
The ‘Do You PASS?’ training courses, which are being delivered by the council in partnership with Wandsworth Primary Care Trust, have been specifically tailored for small retailers and accredited by the Trading Standards Institute.
A three hour-long course covers what products are age restricted, what the law requires of business and staff and who can be responsible for illegal sales. Those taking part then sit an exam at the end of the session.
Houda AlSharifi, director of public health for Wandsworth, said:
“I am very pleased that the Primary Care Trust has been able to support this work with Trading Standards to make this training accessible to local retailers.”
Any business interested in attending future training should contact the Trading Standards Service on 020 8871 7720 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.