Plenty for restaurateurs to take away from MP

April 27, 2016 No Comments

Bromsgrove MP and Business Minister, SajidJavid, was the guest speaker at a seminar for Indian restaurant and takeaway owners to help them get to grips with food compliance issues.


Organised by Worcestershire Regulatory Services and supported by the Worcestershire LEP, the seminar is part of an innovative county-wide programme of initiatives led by Environmental Health and Trading Standards officers to build stronger relationships with the Bangladesh community who run the majority of the Indian restaurants and takeaways across the county.


The project is now drawing interest from SajidJavid MP, who is Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, and others for its innovation under the Better Business for All programme, which WRS and WLEP helped to pioneer nationally.


The seminars were launched last year when WRS was approached by the Worcester Islamic Association to deliver a tailor-made training event. They wanted community members to get a better understanding of food and health and safety compliance issues and improve their Food Hygiene Rating scores. The latest session included presentations from officers on issues including food hygiene, health and safety and trading standards, all of which were translated into Sylheti.


Simon Wilkes, head of WRS, said: “We have more than 200 restaurants producing different styles of food from the Indian sub-continent, and a similar number of takeaways across Worcestershire. Some businesses worry about a visit from their local Environmental Health or Trading Standards officer, and language barriers and fears about immigration issues can be additional obstacles to constructive relationships with businesses about food safety and composition. However, these events are helping us to build bridges between the regulators and business community and have been very successful across the county.”


WRS say they were delighted Sajid was able to find the time to speak at this latest seminar, particularly as he is a strong supporter of better and more supportive approaches to regulation.

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