Pub chain takes measures to protect sites from kitchen failures

Star Pubs has moved to ensure landlords don’t fall foul of poor food hygiene ratings or compliance regulations by rolling out a special package of health and safety support.

The company has teamed up with Shield Safety to offer a bespoke food, fire and health and safety system for leased and tenanted licensees at a preferential rate having had earlier success with a programme for its managed operator Just Add Talent sites.

The package aims to make health and safety compliance simple for licensees and has been tailor-made by Star and Shield Safety to ensure it meets the needs of leased pubs.

The comprehensive service includes: audits, a helpline with access to Environmental Health Officers, compliance software – allowing staff to easily record the necessary checks on any mobile device – and cloud-based storage of compliance records.

The system enables licensees to remotely monitor their pub’s compliance in real time, and flags issues via a traffic light system. It can be used across any number of sites, whether they are with Star Pubs & Bars or not, making it a valuable tool for multiple operators.

The Shield Safety package is an optional service for licensees and provides three levels of cover – food safety, health and safety, or food safety and health and safety combined.

Chris Moore, property director at Star Pubs & Bars, said: “Having robust food, fire and health and safety procedures that both facilitate due diligence and prove it, has never been more important. Fines for non-compliance increased earlier this year and can now be 5% of turnover.

“And poor food hygiene ratings – which are often due to weak management and inadequate record keeping rather than hygiene practices – can have a serious impact on trade and take up to two years to correct. This new package simplifies an increasingly complex area for licensees and gives them peace of mind.”

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