The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has implemented an action plan to help eliminate confusion about the new Licensing Act.
The Act comes into force on November 24, when retailers will not be able to legally sell alcohol without a new licence.
However, with less than two months to go until the deadline for applications, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport says only 5% of licensees have applied for a new licence.
Culture minister James Purnell this week admitted there was a risk that small businesses could go the wall if they failed to get a new licence in time.
The WSTA has therefore developed a 12-point guide setting out who needs a licence, what kind of licence they need and how they can apply for it.
Barry Sutton, deputy chairman of the WSTA, said: “We’re doing all we can to galvanise the trade to take the necessary action.”
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