The UK licensed trade

John Douglas Pratten (Department of Business and Management Studies, MMU Cheshire, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK)
Christopher John Lovatt (Department of Business and Management Studies, MMU Cheshire, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK)

International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management

ISSN: 0959-6119

Publication date: 8 February 2008

Abstract

Purpose

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.

Design/methodology/approach

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.

Findings

The results led to the proposal that the establishment of a compulsory professional body be considered.

Research limitations/implications

There is a lack of empirical research to investigate the proposal. This would be necessary to progress the idea.

Practical implications

The proposal for a professional body whose membership would be compulsory for a licence‐holder would be the subject of a major policy debate.

Originality/value

This embryonic proposal is original and would be of interest to all stakeholders.

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Citation

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/10.1108/09596110810848550

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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