The purpose of this paper is to investigate the need for the creation of a professional body whose membership would be essential for those wishing to hold a licence for the retailing of alcohol in the UK.
The Home Office and similar sources are employed to establish the problems of alcohol abuse. Trade information is utilised to consider the attitude of various stakeholders to this issue. Ethical texts examine expected responses from the sector. From these authoritative sources a solution has been proposed.
The results led to the proposal that the establishment of a compulsory professional body be considered.
There is a lack of empirical research to investigate the proposal. This would be necessary to progress the idea.
The proposal for a professional body whose membership would be compulsory for a licence‐holder would be the subject of a major policy debate.
This embryonic proposal is original and would be of interest to all stakeholders.
Pratten, J. and Lovatt, C. (2008), "The UK licensed trade", International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, Vol. 20 No. 1, pp. 35-44. https://doi.org/10.1108/09596110810848550Download as .RIS
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