Hospitality businesses are being reminded to make sure staff are trained and appropriate security measures are taken, in the wake of the Manchester bombing.
The Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) has advised its members to consult guidance from bodies such as the National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO), or information on the ALMR website itself.
ALMR chief executive Kate Nicholls praised the response of businesses near to the blast site at Manchester Arena. She said: 'Once again hospitality businesses opened their doors to people in crisis, providing aid to those who needed it and helping people get home safely. Hospitality venues have been a focal point for members of the public in need of help recently and venues have been very helpful in providing assistance and reassurance.
'Businesses should make sure they check the NaCTSO website for guidance and ensure that team members are properly briefed. Businesses are also encouraged to check the NaCTSO website for information on how to contact their local police force to request security guidance and training.
'The ALMR will be disseminating any information it receives and is a regular contact with police forces and authorities regarding public safety and security.'
Other resources include the Project Griffin website, which lists contact details for local police forces available to provide security advice and training for businesses. Project Griffin is the national counter terrorism awareness initiative for business produced by NaCTSO. The Cross-sector Safety and Security Communications (CSSC) also provides information for businesses, and assistance in developing 'emergency preparedness' plans.