Social Responsibility in relation to AWPs in pubs topped the agenda at the third Pub Summit hosted by Bacta and held at ExCeL London on the middle day of EAG.
The Pub Summit attracted double the number of delegates originally anticipated with machine manufacturers, trade bodies, operators and major PubCos including Marston’s, Mitchells & Butlers, J D Wetherspoon, Greene King, Star Pubs & Bars and Punch Taverns all represented at the meeting.
Essex Leisure’s Greg Wood, chair of Bacta Division 2, believes the Summit provides an ideal environment in which to share information, improve knowledge and enhance understanding of SR issues.
He explained: “The idea behind the Pub Summit is to address key issues of mutual concern and I’m pleased that Bacta members are able to make a full and active contribution bringing their experience of issues such as age verification to the table. “In terms of concrete initiatives, we are working with age verification testing company Check Policy which is engaged by Bacta and Reading Local Authority, which is our Primary Authority, to help introduce a robust programme of age verification policies and procedures at the point-of-consumption.
In addition, we are developing a programme of online training that Bacta members can offer to their customers and producing a single set of guidance notes in partnership with the British Beer and Pub Association and UK Hospitality. Longer term, we want to be in a position to commission a programme of research into attitudes towards machine playing in pubs.”
The fourth Pub Summit will take place in Summer 2019.