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NEWS FROM THE ALMR Expert Insights


ALMR LAUNCHES GOLD-STANDARD DIPLOMA SCHEME FOR UK HOSPITALITY


The Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) is pleased to announce the launch of the ALMR Diploma for the UK’s hospitality sector. The first stage is designed for Level 2 Hospitality Team Members, both front and back-of-house, but will be expanded to cover a broad range of hospitality careers.


Employees will undergo training that leads to the achievement of a recognised gold- standard that will be delivered by HIT Training and end-tested by BIIAB. Apprentices will have the opportunity to sit six industry-leading modules on:


Customer service Award for underage sales prevention Drugs awareness Conflict management Food safety in catering Award for personal licence holders


These modules will be provided by CPL Training and will be delivered via e-learning online, with the exception of the Award for Personal Licence Holders, which will be sat face-to-face.


The Diploma was launched by ALMR Chief Executive Kate Nicholls at the annual Christmas Lunch at Old Billingsgate, London in front of 1,200 sector leaders, with enrolment beginning in January.


ALMR Chief Executive Kate Nicholls said: “The ALMR Hospitality Diploma provides the UK’s hospitality businesses with an all-


inclusive, exhaustive training and assessment scheme designed to meet the myriad demands of this innovative and varied sector.


“The Diploma also provides employees with the support and education they need to progress within the sector, and delivers a solid foundation for a potentially long and rewarding career, and a senior role within our dynamic industry.”


Jill Whittaker, Managing Director of HIT Training, commented:


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both young employees and those new to the industry with the support and development they need, but also a chance f


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supervisory and management apprenticeships in 2018.”


An orderly withdrawal from the EU, with certainty and clarity for business is a must, ALMR Chief Executive Kate Nicholls told a key Parliamentary committee.


ALMR SETS OUT BREXIT PRIORITIES TO PARLIAMENTARY COMMITTEE 3 of all new jobs.


Giving evidence to the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Select Committee investigating Brexit, Kate highlighted the value of the UK’s eating and drinking out sector, and stressed the need for an orderly withdrawal that gives businesses an opportunity to plan.


Following the session, Kate said: “The hospitality sector is a vital part of the UK’s economy, employing 10% of the workforce, generating 5% GDP and 1% capex. Growth in the eating and drinking out sector is at 9% and it generates 1-in-


“Labour supply is a major concern for hospitality businesses as 1 in 8 of our workforce is an EU migrant so the priority has to be a speedy resolution on a future immigration policy. “We need an orderly Brexit with plenty of detail for employers at the earliest opportunity, to ensure that this growth is not undermined unduly.


“The Government has an opportunity to press hard and deliver on three priorities for the sector: an orderly withdrawal from the EU; a comprehensive transition; and a bold, ambitious trade agreement deal that provides stability and access to labour and continues to encourage overseas investment that supports many of the UK’s vibrant and important eating and drinking out businesses.”


Kate Nicholls ALMR Chief Executive


ALMR WELCOMES LONDON MAYOR’S RATES COMMITMENT


The ALMR has welcomed the London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s pledge to cut business rates for hospitality businesses.


“We are extremely grateful that the London Mayor has recognised the critical issue of wholesale reform of the business rates system. The capital’s late- night bars, restaurants, live music and clubbing venues are rightly recognised as some of the most vibrant and progressive in the world and are a vital part of sustainable hospitality sector.


“There have been some positive signals recently with London’s Night Czar Amy Lamé acknowledging the value of the night time economy in the capital and taking steps to protect and nurture it. Business rates rises are a clear threat to investment, growth and job creation in the sector and the Government must act and push ahead with reform.”


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