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|Tuesday, July 28, 2009||15:19|
(Drinks Media Wire). The Retail of Alcohol Standards Group has appointed a consultant to develop the work of Community Alcohol Partnerships (CAPs) in tackling underage alcohol purchase and possession.
Philip Loring, formerly Head of Central Operations for First Quench Retailing, will work with retailers and enforcement agencies around the country to develop new and existing projects.
There are now nine CAPs in operation around the country, including a new project in Fife supported by police and local NHS.
The projects aim to tackle the problems caused to communities by underage access to alcohol through co-operation between alcohol retailers and local stakeholders, such as Trading Standards, police, local authority licensing teams, schools and health networks.
A toolkit to help local authorities, police and retailers set up CAPs was developed off the back of a successful pilot scheme in St.Neots, Cambridgeshire in 2007. It is endorsed by the Home Office.
Philip Loring has extensive experience of the off-licence trade, having worked for Augustus Barnett, Victoria Wine and Thresher before heading up the rebranded First Quench Retailing central operations team. As CAP officer he will be based at the WSTA's offices in London.
He said: "It's a privilege to be asked to help drive this work forward on behalf of the industry. Retailers have done much already to address the issue of underage alcohol purchase and I am confident our development of Community Alcohol Partnerships will continue to have an impact."
Nick Grant, Chairman of the Retail of Alcohol Standards Group, said:
"We're delighted to have Philip on board to build on the success we have achieved and extend the successful CAP model into new areas around the country. I am sure Philip's experience in the retail trade will help other retailers and enforcement agencies understand the benefits of partnership working."
Notes to Editors:
RETAIL OF ALCOHOL STANDARDS GROUP
The Retail of Alcohol Standards Group (RASG) was set up in 2005 to seriously drive down under age sales. For the first time competitors in the high street agreed to work together, sharing best practice and common signage to deliver robust policies designed to curb what had up to then been unacceptably high levels of sales.
The Government has publicly welcomed the fall in illegal sales but RASG has not been complacent. Indeed it is clear that more than ever, retailers need to be in the forefront of a campaign to stop young people from drinking in public and causing social nuisance. This is a continuing blight in so many of our market towns and city centre spaces.
RASG's member companies are members of the Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA), British Retail Consortium (BRC) and the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS). The WSTA provide the day-to-day support for RASG. Further information on RASG can be obtained from Sarah Davis or Stephen Hogg at the WSTA by emailing Sarah@wsta.co.uk or Stephen@wsta.co.uk or by calling 020 7089 3877
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