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Diageo has announced a suite of measures to help support the British drinks trade as it faces unprecedented challenges from the impact of the COVID-19 crisis.

Guinness is pledging £1,000,000 to support bartenders in the free trade across Great Britain. Thousands of bartenders will be able to benefit from the £1,000,000 fund intended for pubs and bars to put towards bartenders’ wages. A similar community fund is being set up in Ireland.

Anyone working in the drinks trade will be given the opportunity to attend a complimentary Diageo Bar Academy Training Course, consisting of virtual training and online learning. 

Training includes modules such as the ‘business of bar tending,’ which can provide practical advice and may help to manage quieter trading periods.

View the full article on Diageo's website.

As a Licensing Authority we strive to validate licence applications without any unnecessary delays. However, it should be noted that we cannot give any assurances that applications will be validated as soon as they are submitted and as such you should refrain from submitting any applications after 4pm on any given day.

St Helens Council would like to remind residents looking to have scrap metal items collected to always check the credentials of those collecting their waste.

The call comes following reports of potentially unlicensed traders operating in the borough, driving round in a variety of vehicles collecting scrap metal that has been left out.

Operating without a mobile scrap metal licence is illegal and an offence under the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013.

As a way of clamping down on unlicensed traders, the council is calling on the public to arrange collections with legitimate traders only, refrain from leaving scrap metal items outside of their property, and report any suspicious activity to the local authority.

Councillor Lynn Clarke, St Helens Council’s portfolio holder for licensing and trading standards, said:

“It may be tempting to leave scrap metal waste outside a property or by the side of a road with the understanding that it will be swiftly taken away - but the reality is that there are rogue traders out there who could end up fly-tipping this waste and you too could be held accountable and prosecuted if we find out the waste is yours.

“It’s simply not worth taking this risk, so for peace of mind I would urge residents looking to use this type of service to contact a licensed scrap metal trader.

"Residents can also arrange to have bulky rubbish collected by the council by visiting our website.

To check that a scrap dealer is licensed, please contact St Helens Council’s licensing team by calling 01744 676770 or emailing generallicensing@sthelens.gov.uk.

Apply for a scrap metal dealer's licence.

Please see the following document that provides advice and guidance in regards to making your premises safe from fire.