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Essentially Catering Magazine - September 2017

        Industry News

        Consumer spending

        growth slows

        Consumer spending growth slowed to a 15-month low of 2.5% in
        June, as the rising costs of essentials prompted consumers to row
        back on some ‘nice-to-haves’ and come to terms with a ‘new normal’
        of subdued wage growth and creeping inflation, according to data from Barclaycard.

        Hot weather favours pubs and restaurants
        Spending on physical goods continued to slow, with expenditure on household items dropping 1.2% year-on-year.
        Entertainment growth, which had been in double figures since February, slowed to 6.8% albeit against a strong June last
        year (11.7%). However, the heat wave that swept through the UK - delivering the hottest June day since 1976 - prompted
        Brits to socialise with friends and family over pints and a meal out, pushing pub and restaurant spending up 13.6% and
        11.4% respectively.
          Clothing was also a bright spot, rising 5.7% as the soaring temperatures prompted Brits to update their wardrobes.

           Alcohol vulnerability

           awareness course

           Alcohol education charity Drinkaware, in partnership with CPL Training Group, is launching a new alcohol
           vulnerability awareness e-learning course designed to educate employees in on-trade and entertainment
           venues about the potential risks and vulnerabilities for customers who are drunk.
             The training - suitable for staff who work in customer-facing roles including bar staff, glass collectors, and first
           aiders - is designed to give smaller venues the skills and knowledge to identify alcohol-related vulnerability and to
           help them take action to help protect customers from coming to harm.
             Daniel Davies, CPL Training Group Chief Executive, said: “This course is about tackling the vulnerability that
           may arise when people have had too much to drink in a way that’s personable, goes with the grain of hospitality
           and with the ultimate aim of safeguarding customers out of harm’s way.” The course is endorsed by the British
           Institute for Innkeeping.
             Cost is £20 +VAT per head. Discounts can be negotiated for bulk purchases.
           To find out more, contact

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