27 Star Pubs achieve safe to trade award

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Star Pubs & Bars has achieved ‘Approved’ Safe to Trade Scheme status across its 127 reopened Just Add Talent managed operator sites.

A nationwide, independently-verified, COVID-19 safety standard, the Safe to Trade Scheme supports hospitality businesses in becoming COVID compliant, helping UK hospitality businesses to trade safely, while also demonstrating to customers and employees that they are going the extra mile to keep the environment safe.

Each approved venue was independently audited against the Scheme’s Safety Charter by an Environmental Health Practitioner and has passed a strict approval process.

All these sites are subject to stringent health and safety guidance, which ensures their operation is continually monitored and remains Covid-secure on an ongoing basis. The Scheme further supports these venues, providing training, risk assessments and access to an advice line for any additional Covid-related safety advice and is also on offer to Star’s 2400 leased and tenanted operators.

Star’s 127 Just Add Talent managed operator pubs join hundreds of other hospitality venues on a national Safe to Trade Scheme register, that the public can consult to find an approved venue as well as to provide feedback following a visit.

The Safe to Trade Scheme accreditation forms part of a £25m Covid-19 support package put in place for its licensees by Star Pubs & Bars. The company has also trained its 80 BDMs on how to deliver safe, successful pub openings, so they can provide tailored consultations for licensees.

Star Pubs & Bars Health, Safety & Operational Compliance Manager, Kevin Robertson said, “The Safe to Trade Scheme gives our operators the tools to ensure that their team and premises are operating with Covid safety front of mind. It provides an independent verification that their Covid procedures are robust and highlights the extensive actions they have taken to protect the health and wellbeing of both their people and their customers.”

The Scheme also donates 10% of sign-up fees to Hospitality Action.

Pictured is Star Pubs & Bars newly refurbished Spateston Inn. Find out more here.

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