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Welcome to my website! Here you will find information on and a connection to the work I do in:

  • Liquor Licensing: where I operate as Robin Morton Licensing Limited t/a Robin Morton Licensing
  • Licensing Training: Robin Morton Licensing and Lo-Five offers Personal Licensing Training, Refresher Training and Staff Training under The Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005
  • Cleaning of Business Premises: our sister cleaning company Garcia Cleaning Limited specializes in pubs and restaurants

ONLINE TRAINING

What is it? Who can take it? How does it work?

The online course is ideal for those with basic computing skills and a smartphone wanting to apply for Personal Licences in Scotland or to refresh their existing Personal Licence..
Learners will receive an E-Learning package covering all subjects including:

  • Scottish Licensing Law including the 5 Licensing Objectives
  • Personal Licences
  • Premises Licences
  • Licensing hours and extensions
  • Control of Order and Police powers
  • Protection of children and young people
  • Units in alcohol and its effect on the body / mind
  • Responsibility in alcohol retailing
  • Associated law

There are questions after each module to keep you focussed. In addition I shall bring to the process my 35 years’ experience as a Licensing practitioner and former bar owner by providing my own exercises, quizzes for your benefit. I can support your learning virtually or by email or mobile phone.

ASSESSMENT

Following the completion of the E-Learning process and at an agreed time your exam will take place under a procedure called ‘Remote Invigilation’

To complete the E-Learning examination delegates will be required to log into the Highfield invigilation platform using their unique credentials. The learner will be required to comply with exam conditions using their smartphone and webcam. Setup takes just 5 minutes and support is available in getting set up.

What you will need –

  • Isolated area where you won’t be interrupted, eg. empty room with wifi and power points.
  • A computer
  • A webcam (or for example Apple laptops have webcams built in)
  • A smartphone with a camera
  • Identification: Your Passport or Driving Licence

BOOKING A COURSE

Please phone 07870 590909 or email robin@robinmorton.com. I’ll register you on the course and invoice you the fee (£145 – payment by electronic bank transfer please). On payment I’ll get you to complete a joining form and we’re good to go.

 

COVID – EUROS FOR HOSPITALITY SHOWING GAMES

IMPORTANT AND GREAT NEWS JUST IN FROM MAIRI MILLAR, CLERK, GCC LICENSING. GLASGOW ONLY:-

EUROs extended play and closing times

The Coronavirus (COVID-19): tourism and hospitality sector – gov.scot (www.gov.scot) guidance has been amended to take account of extended playing times and the relaxation of the requirement to close by 22:30pm on evenings where a match has gone to extra time. The guidance now states the following:

The knockout stages of EURO 2020 commence on 26 June, culminating with the final on 11 July.

Under current regulations, hospitality premises in Level 2 and 1 areas are required to close at 10:30pm and 11:00pm respectively. As knockout stage games may result in extra time and penalties, there is the potential for a clash with extended play and closing times for hospitality premises showing live matches.

This guidance update explains what temporary arrangements are being put in place to help operators manage such a scenario, and to ensure they can continue to show games to their conclusion without the risk of disruption for customers and staff. They apply to indoor areas only, with outdoor areas in Level 2 and 1 subject to local licensing conditions.

Later closing time

In the event of extended play reaching beyond current closing times in Level 2 and 1 areas, premises showing live EUROs matches between 26 June and 11 July can remain open up to 11:30pm, or a reasonable margin after the end of the game (whichever is earlier). This is limited only to the match days and games where play is extended.

This is a practical arrangement to facilitate the safe showing of full matches. It is only applicable when the circumstances require, otherwise existing closing times apply.

Extended play guideline summary

  • this is a temporary measure and is only available to hospitality premises showing live EUROs matches between 26 June and 11 July where those games result in extended play that goes beyond, or coincides with, current hospitality closing times for Level 2 (10:30pm) and Level 1 (11:00pm) areas
  • where this occurs, premises should use the end point of the game as the marker for starting to wind down towards closure, applying the normal period of time i.e. 15 minutes, for clearing up and departure of customers in a safe and orderly manner, but this must not be later than 11:30pm
  • service should not be extended beyond current closing time/last orders arrangements. This measure is aimed at allowing games to be shown to their conclusion rather than facilitating later service
  • on any other day where live games are not being played or those that are do not result in extended play, or for premises not showing live EUROs matches, current closing times apply to hospitality in Level 2 (10:30pm) and Level 1 (11:00pm) areas

 

NEWSFLASH

Today, Friday 30 October, the Scottish Government published their Regulations concerning the new 5 Level system effective from Monday 02 November. You can read them here
On the evening of Friday 30 October further wide ranging guidance here.
And these FAQs just added.
Also and not related solely to licensing, here is a very informative guide to Coronavirus  –  A room, a bar and a classroom – how the Coronavirus is spread through the air. EL PAIS in English

NEWSFLASH

Scottish Government announced and published their 68 page Strategic Framework which, if approved by Parliament, will come into effect on Monday 02 November. For the hospitality industry Annexes 1 and 2 are important.
There are 5 Levels and Level 3 roughly corresponds to where the Central Belt is now in terms of restrictions. !IMPORTANT – a very welcome change is that food premises are to be allowed to remain open – looks like the cafe debacle will soon be over!
All TBC next week
Here is link to the Framework

 

NEWSFLASH

Scottish Government fund for Hospitality businesses in these dark days.
Opens on 20th Oct, closes 3rd Nov:
Related Government announcement:

Bar, restaurant folks – don’t delay.

NEW HOSPITALITY LOCKDOWN MEASURES FROM 6PM FRIDAY 09 OCTOBER

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-54449573

The restrictions for the central belt cover about 3.4 million people living in the Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Lanarkshire, Forth Valley, Lothian and Ayrshire and Arran health board areas.

In these areas, all licensed premises – with the exception of hotels for residents – will be required to close indoors and outdoors, although takeaways will be permitted.

All pubs and restaurants across central Scotland are to be closed under new measures aimed at tackling a surge in coronavirus cases.

The new rules will apply to licensed premises across the central belt, including Glasgow and Edinburgh.

In other areas, they will be able to open – but can only serve alcohol outdoors.

The new rules come into force at 18:00 on Friday, and will be in place until 25 October.

The licensed trade had warned ahead of the announcement that many pubs and restaurants would be forced to close for good if any further restrictions were imposed on them.

The restrictions for the central belt cover about 3.4 million people living in the Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Lanarkshire, Forth Valley, Lothian and Ayrshire and Arran health board areas.

In these areas, all licensed premises – with the exception of hotels for residents – will be required to close indoors and outdoors, although takeaways will be permitted.

 

Today, Friday 4 September Glasgow Licensing Board made 3 important decisions.

1. All Covid occasional licences will be carried forward from 30 September to 31 March 2021.
2. Night clubs which want to trade as bars will be able to apply for Minor Variations to do so.
3. Annual licensing fees payable later this month. For on sales, including on and off sales, they will be reduced by 1/3rd. No change in off sales licence fees.

 

NEW GUIDELINES ON CERTAIN OUTDOOR EVENTS FROM 24 AUGUST

https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-events-sector-guidance/Please note that the outdoor events defined above may not take place in general hospitality areas, such as beer gardens, that are currently operating for the serving of food and drink and are subject to a 1 metre physical distancing exemptionCoronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for the performing arts and venues sector
https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-the-performing-arts-and-venues-sector/pages/managing-audiences-participants-and-performances/

SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT GUIDELINES CHANGED TODAY 14 AUGUST AND NOW LAW. NO OPTION BUT TO OBEY. THANKS TO ROSS EVENT SAFETY – Click here to read full details of the new guidelines.

 

IMPORTANT: Newsflash for Glasgow on Licensees (Not those operating under Coronavirus Occasional Licences)

1. Please note today, Saturday 18 July, is one of the 5 public holidays on which Glasgow Licensing Board give an extra hour’s trading to on sales. So most of you can trade till 01am if your licence terminal hour is 12 midnight, providing you have said YES to Seasonal Variations in Q4 of your Operating Plan.

2. Glasgow Licensing Board do not want ‘hybrids’ with 03am or ‘function’ licences to open after midnight at this stage of the Route Map – see this note in italics from Clerk, Mairi Millar

I have had a couple of enquiries about “hybrid” premises in Glasgow and what the 15 July reopening date for pubs, bars and restaurants will mean for them. As we all know, much of the difficulty in interpreting and applying the Government Route Map will stem from the fact that there are no categories of licensed premises under the 2005 Act and there is nothing within the route map relating to licensed hours. However, “hybrid” premises in Glasgow are subject to a policy and condition that after midnight, alcohol shall only be sold ancillary to the provision of substantial forms of entertainment. Given that the route map indicates that indoor entertainment venues (which includes nightclubs and music venues) will not reopen before 23 July at the earliest, it would seem to me that until that time, hybrid premises should not remain open beyond 12 midnight as they are unable to comply with the condition on their licence. This would also apply to those premises which have hours after 12 midnight for pre-booked functions.

My best wishes to you all
Robin

NEWSFLASH

2 page guide / rules for bars and restaurants opening tomorrow. Courtesy of Dave Ross, Safety Consultant. Not a substitute for a Risk Assessment which should contain all that is on here. I am working closely with Dave Ross on Covid related re-opening Risk Assessments. He can be reached on 0141 586 0262 or email dave@rosseventsafety.co.uk

Click here to open the guide.

NEWSFLASH RE OFF SALES GLASGOW. 02 JULY 2020

GLASGOW LICENSING CLERK MAIRI MILLAR SAYS NO MORE OFF SALES PINTS FROM 6 JULY. A SUMMARY OF HER STATEMENT IS BELOW….

“As some of you are probably aware, we are currently being inundated with complaints from elected members and members of the public in relation to pubs, restaurants and bars across the city selling “take away” pints and other alcoholic drinks in plastic cups (with or without lids) directly to members of the public using the off-sales facility on their premises licence.The situation has now, sadly, become untenable and risks ruining the reputation of the vast majority of the city’s fantastic and responsible licensed trade. Such sales methods were never anticipated by the Licensing Board in granting premises licences with both on and off-sales, and I certainly don’t recall any agent making a case for such sales in their submission to the Licensing Board.

My team, the Police and Licensing Standards have all been supportive of efforts to keep the licensed trade in the city viable during these unprecedented times. However, with the lifting of restrictions which will see the opening of external areas, with indoor areas hopefully fairly soon thereafter, as from Monday 6th July the sale of alcohol directly to members of the public for consumption off the premises will be considered to be inconsistent with the licensing objectives of preventing crime and disorder and securing public safety unless it is sold as part of a home delivery or sold as a pre-packaged, properly sealed product such as a bottle of wine or cans of beer.

Any premises who continue with this practice will risk having any occasional licence for an external area revoked and/or a premises licence review being submitted to the Licensing Board. I hope, however, that formal enforcement action will not be necessary.

GLASGOW’S EXCELLENT NEW POLICY RE OUTSIDE AREAS

(published 22 June 2020)

https://www.glasgow.gov.uk/cityservices

First Minister announced today (25 June)
Outside Areas can open from 6 July (if licensed) and bars, restaurants indoors from 15 July. All subject to Risk Assessments and further detailed Scottish Government guidance.

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

Licensed and catering trade really disappointed that outdoor area licensing was not green lighted today in Phase 2 despite hints to the contrary over last 3 weeks.

Late today 18 June, the promised guidelines were issued. Follow this link: https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-tourism-and-hospitality-sector-guidance/

Also issued 18 June were the rather more helpful UK Hospitality Guidelines. See here. https://www.ukhospitality.org.uk/page/ScotlandGuidance

In England bars and restaurants can open on 04 July. Here are the Guidelines applicable to England but  of interest to us in Scotland

NEWSFLASH

In view of the current circumstances I have cancelled future face to face training courses until further notice. These will resume when it is considered 100% safe to do so. But worry not I have…
TWO NEW ONLINE TRAINING COURSES

1. Scottish Certificate for Personal Licence Holders Level 6 (SCPLH) £125.00
2. Refresher Training Level 6 (SCPLH Refresher) £95.00

LICENSED TRADE SERVICES

Robin Morton offers and recommends a suite of specialist services for the Licensed Trade:

Liquor Licensing

I now offer an annual “Licensing Health Check” for £200 (for Glasgow) which includes a retainer for me checking on your licensing systems, documents, training, refresher training and notices etc. on an annual visit, and being on hand to assist on routine matters such as updating certificates, providing notices etc. Call or email me if interested.

Find out more about my liquor licensing services.

Licensing Training

ONLINE TRAINING

What is it? Who can take it? How does it work?

The online course is ideal for those with basic computing skills and a smartphone wanting to apply for Personal Licences in Scotland or to refresh their existing Personal Licence..
Learners will receive an E-Learning package covering all subjects including:

  • Scottish Licensing Law including the 5 Licensing Objectives
  • Personal Licences
  • Premises Licences
  • Licensing hours and extensions
  • Control of Order and Police powers
  • Protection of children and young people
  • Units in alcohol and its effect on the body / mind
  • Responsibility in alcohol retailing
  • Associated law

There are questions after each module to keep you focussed. In addition I shall bring to the process my 35 years’ experience as a Licensing practitioner and former bar owner by providing my own exercises, quizzes for your benefit. I can support your learning virtually or by email or mobile phone.

ASSESSMENT

Following the completion of the E-Learning process and at an agreed time your exam will take place under a procedure called ‘Remote Invigilation’

To complete the E-Learning examination delegates will be required to log into the Highfield invigilation platform using their unique credentials. The learner will be required to comply with exam conditions using their smartphone and webcam. Setup takes just 5 minutes and support is available in getting set up.

What you will need –

  • Isolated area where you won’t be interrupted, eg. empty room with wifi and power points.
  • A computer
  • A webcam (or for example Apple laptops have webcams built in)
  • A smartphone with a camera
  • Identification: Your Passport or Driving Licence

BOOKING A COURSE

Please phone 07870 590909 or email robin@robinmorton.com. I’ll register you on the course and invoice you the fee (£145 – payment by electronic bank transfer please). On payment I’ll get you to complete a joining form and we’re good to go.

Find out more about licensing training services.

Garcia Cleaning Limited

Run by Robin’s missus, the wonderful Elizabeth (Beth) Garcia Morton, Garcia Cleaning Limited specialises in cleaning licensed trade premises, commercial offices, rental properties etc. She also takes on major projects such as music festivals. Beth is looking for more units to service. Take the pressure off your management having to find replacement cleaners for holiday cover and save on NIC / Paye. Engage Beth!! Call her on 07773 680285.  She has a team of dedicated cleaning operatives, all contracted and paid properly with NI, PAYE and Work Place pensions. Garcia Cleaning Limited is VAT registered.

More information can be found on the Garcia Cleaning Limited website.