Preston’s vibrant visitor economy is leading the way across Lancashire when it comes to staff undergoing vital training to keep their customers safe.
Venues across the city have been undertaking Lancashire Trading Standards’ ‘Check 25’ and ‘Vulnerability Awareness Training’.
The courses, offered by Lancashire County Council’s Trading Standards department at the Business Improvement District’s Pubwatch group, has seen scores of venues across the city centre volunteer to complete the training.
The training is intended for anyone working in licensed premises to help prevent under-age sales and protect customers during their night out in the city.
The programmes have been tailored with the aim of empowering team members to identify potential risks to vulnerable individuals, whether they are inside or outside the premises.
Central to the training is the emphasis on fostering a supportive and inclusive environment where individuals feel safe.
Peter Alexander, BID’s night time economy spokesperson, said: “As a venue operator, I know first-hand how important it is for licensed premise staff to regularly update our knowledge, to ensure that we’re doing everything we can to keep people returning to Preston for a safe night out.
“As an active participant in the city’s Pubwatch scheme, I also know that venues across Preston share the same opinion, and consistently work hard to provide a safe and welcoming environment.”
Jason Middleton from Lancashire Trading Standards Alcohol & Tobacco Team said: “Preston’s Licensing trade have recognised the importance of staff training in ensuring a safer and more appealing environment for us all.
“This free online training is invaluable for those who work in the hospitality sector and can be accessed via the Check 25 page of the Lancashire County Council website”.
Preston remains the only place in Lancashire to hold the international award for a safe, vibrant, and inclusive nighttime economy; The Purple Flag, which rigorously judges the effective operation of a destination’s nighttime economy against a robust set of standards.
The city was one of the first destinations in the world to be granted the award, which it has held since 2011, having recently been re-accredited, in October 2023.