Responsible retailers awarded

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Retailers in Thorne who sell age-restricted products are to be recognised for their work in preventing under-age sales and responsibly managing their businesses.

It’s hoped the Responsible Retailers Awards scheme will encourage retailers to compete to achieve pass, merit and distinction certificates. Backers of the scheme include Doncaster Council, South Yorkshire Police and other partners.

The scheme has been running successfully for 10 years but the new tiered awards element is partly based on the successful Best Bar None project, which sees bars, clubs and pubs compete to win awards based on how responsible and safe they are as a venue.

Training and guidance is offered by Doncaster Council to help retailers avoid selling age-restricted products, such as alcohol and tobacco, to children and young people.

Licensees, retailers and guests from across the borough gathered at Ziniz in Bawtry for the launch of the Responsible Retailer Awards.

The highlight of the launch was the presentation of the very first Responsible Retailer Distinction award to Rhythm and Booze at Bawtry. The top Distinction award was in recognition of the work carried out by the chain in Bawtry to raise standards in crime prevention including the introduction of a new finger-print scanner, which makes it easier to identify under-age customers.