Leeds bar worker awarded top national prize

Caption: Stacey Goodall of Garforth with her well deserved award.

A member of staff at an east Leeds working men’s club has scooped a top national prize for her dedication and commitment to promote responsible drinking.

Beating off competition from 20 shortlisted candidates on the night and 1,000 in total from across the UK, Stacey Goodall of Garforth Working Men’s Club was recognised for her outstanding performance while undertaking a BIIAB level 1 Responsible Alcohol Retailing course in Leeds, by claiming the SAB Miller Scholarship Award in a special ceremony held at Grosvenor House in London. Following the event, Stacey was whisked to the House of Lords where she enjoyed afternoon tea with Baroness Hayter.

Stacey, who lives in Garforth and is currently studying event management at Derby University, was nominated for the honour by the Leeds Pubwatch partnership, which made up of the council’s Safer Leeds team, Woods Whur Licensing Lawyers, SAB Miller and the British Institute of Inn keeping, delivers for bar and retail staff in the city accredited training in responsible alcohol retailing. As part of the training delegates learn how to deal with a range of challenges such as preventing underage sales, educating customers on irresponsible drinking and tackling aspects of anti-social behaviour.

In making their decision, the judging panel which was made up of executives from the British Institute of Innkeeping and SAB Miller, considered a range of factors. These included Stacey’s 100% examination results, enthusiasm on the course, and a report by her employer citing how Garforth Working Men’s Club had benefited from the knowledge she had gained through her training.

Councillor Peter Gruen, chair of Safer Leeds said:

"As part of the Leeds Pubwatch partnership a lot of hard work is undertaken throughout the year by the team to work with our licensed premises and staff to promote sensible drinking.

"It is fantastic news therefore that Stacey, who was one of the delegates on our Level 1 Responsible Alcohol Retailing course, has claimed the national SAB Miller Scholarship Award, which recognises her tremendous enthusiasm, talent and commitment during the training.

"Stacey is a great example of the delegates we are seeing on our training courses, and I look forward to seeing more retail and bar staff taking part from premises across the city in the future."

Stacey Goodall, winner of the SAB Miller Scholarship Award said:

"It was a real privilege for me to be nominated for the SAB Miller Scholarship Award, and it was a massive surprise when I was named as the winner.

"The course in Leeds really opened my eyes to the severity of irresponsible drink sales, and I would recommend to anyone who works in a serving capacity in the alcohol industry to take part.

"This course has really helped in my work, and not only do I feel more confident and knowledgeable of the laws and regulations regarding alcohol sales, I now feel more comfortable refusing sales and dealing with difficult situations."

Dick Child, managing director, TQC Licensing said:

"We would like to give a huge thank you to everyone who took part in the scholarship, and it was fantastic to see so many people get 100% in their Responsible Alcohol Retailing examination.

"For Stacey to be named the winner out of 1,000 delegates was an amazing achievement, and a great way for us to celebrate our 20th anniversary here at TQC Licensing."

Notes to editors:

Leeds Pubwatch is a crime reduction initiative with the aim to reduce alcohol related crime and anti-social behaviour in licensed premises.

There are 16 schemes which are voluntary run by licensees and are supported by Safer Leeds Partnership which includes Leeds City Council, West Yorkshire Police and other agencies.

For more information visit www.leedspubwatch.org

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Colin Dickinson, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 39 51578

Email: colin.dickinson@leeds.gov.uk