Responsible Business Scheme
Sandwell's trading standards team has launched a scheme - believed to be the first in the country - to help retailers combat the risk of selling age-restricted products to under-age consumers.
The Responsible Business Scheme aims to empower retailers and their staff to prevent underage sales by providing them with a fully comprehensive system to avoid the offence in the first place - known as the 'due diligence defence' in law.
The scheme recognises that part of the solution to prevent young people from buying age-restricted products - such as tobacco and alcohol - is retailers working with trading standards.
The scheme provides businesses with a comprehensive due diligence package, with accredited training for staff and an annual onsite audit by the trading standards team. The annual fee for this scheme is just £159.
It's the sort of package you would expect to see at all the major supermarkets. With this scheme, you don't have to be a major national supermarket to afford a due diligence package in order to protect your business from legal action such as criminal prosecution and/or where appropriate the revocation of an alcohol.