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ENERGY DRINK AGE CHECKS NEED TIGHTER ACTION IF GOVERNMENT BAN GOES AHEAD 
Serve Legal 20/11/2018 
 
Supermarkets will need to work harder to keep energy drinks out of children’s hands if their voluntary ban becomes law, according to early test data from Serve Legal, the UK’s leading retail age check company. 
 
 
 
Children STILL buying energy drinks despite supermarkets' age restrictions 
Mirror 19/11/2018 
 
More than half the children in a retail probe could buy the high caffeine drinks unchallenged. 
 
 
 
Supermarkets selling energy drinks to children despite ban 
The Telegraph 20/11/2018 
 
A voluntary ban on selling energy drinks to children aged under 16 is being routinely flouted by supermarkets, research suggests. 
 
 
JTI toughens up youth access prevention scheme 
ConvenienceStore.co.uk 13/06/2018 
 
JTI is re-launching its underage sales prevention programme with tough new consequences for stores which repeatedly fail to demonstrate responsible retailing practices. 
 
JTI unveils enhanced Responsible Tobacco Retailing programme 
TalkingRetail.com 11/06/2018 
 
Japan Tobacco International (JTI) is to launch an enhanced version of its Responsible Tobacco Retailing scheme, which aims to identify retailers who may be at risk of selling tobacco products to under-18s and offers them free-of-charge professional training. 
 
 
Poor vape regulation puts your store at risk 
BetterRetailing.com 31/05/2018 
 
Poor legislation and “unscrupulous operators” in the vaping market are putting shopkeepers at risk, according to regulatory experts. 
 
Data reveals apathy around age checks 
Catering Magazine 06/2018 
 
More than one in four teenage mystery shoppers were sold alcohol in pubs, bars, and late-night venues across the UK last year without any request for proof of age, according to new data from Serve Legal, one of the UK's leading retail age check companies 
 
 
PRESS RELEASE TEENAGE DRINKERS GO UNCHALLENGED IN SCOTLAND’S PUBS AND CLUBS 
Serve Legal 17/05/2018 
 
Pubs, clubs and late-night venues across Scotland served alcohol to one in three teenage mystery shoppers without challenging their age last year, according to new data from Serve Legal, the UK’s leading retail age check company. 
 
 
PRESS RELEASE UNDERAGE KNIFE SALE PENALTIES FAIL TO DETER RETAILERS 
Serve Legal 17/05/2018 
 
Knives were sold by high street retailers to one in four teenage mystery shoppers last year without proof of age being requested, according to new data from Serve Legal, the UK’s leading retail age check company. 
 
 
Third of teenagers are served alcohol in pubs without age checks 
The Times 16/05/2018 
 
One in three teenage drinkers is served alcohol unchallenged in Scotland’s pubs and clubs, according to a company that checks whether retailers abide by age restrictions. 
 
Static test pass rates suggest retailer apathy around underage sales 
Retail Times 16/05/2018 
 
Retailers are failing to improve staff performance to prevent underage alcohol sales, according to new data from Serve Legal, the UK’s leading retail age check company. 
 
Latest findings show that one in six teenage mystery shoppers have bought alcohol unchallenged in four of the last five years. Selling alcohol to people under the age of 18 years is illegal in England, Scotland and Wales with fines, prosecution and possible business closure amongst penalties if convicted. 
 
 
Shock number of Northern Ireland shops sell knives to children, figures suggest 
Belfast Telegraph 16/05/2018 
 
Statistics on sales of knives to under-18s spark crackdown call from stab victim's sister. 
 
The sister of murdered Belfast boxer Eamonn Magee Jr has called for a "crackdown" on knife sales after new research suggested that many shops in Northern Ireland are selling them to teenagers without age checks. 
 
 
Report reveals QUARTER of Scottish shops sell knives to kids 
Evening Times Glasgow 16/05/2018 
 
A QUARTER of shops sell knives to underage children with Scotland being among the worst, research suggests. 
 
Figures from retail age checking company Serve Legal showed that shop workers failed to check the age of mystery shoppers buying a knife in 26 per cent of 2,357 test sales in 2017. 
 
 
 
One in four shops sells knives to underage children, figures suggest 
The Herald Scotland 16/05/2018 
 
A quarter of shops sell knives to underage children, research suggests. 
 
Figures from retail age checking company Serve Legal showed that shop workers failed to check the age of mystery shoppers buying a knife in 26% of 2,357 test sales in 2017. 
 
 
One in four shops sells knives to underage children, figures suggest 
BT.com 16/05/2018 
 
Figures from retail age checking company Serve Legal showed that under-18s were able to buy a knife in 26% of 2,357 test sales in 2017. 
 
 
Quarter of shops 'sell knives to underage pupils' 
TES 16/05/2018 
 
A quarter of shops are selling knives to underage pupils, according to new figures which have prompted warnings that high street complacency could be adding to a "deadly problem". 
 
 
One in three underage drinkers served in Scots pubs and clubs 
The Scotsman 16/05/2018 
 
One in three teenage drinkers is served alcohol unchallenged in Scotland’s pubs and clubs, according to new research.  
 
A survey by Serve Legal, the UK’s leading retail age check company, also found that retailers sold knives to four in ten mystery shoppers unchallenged. 
 
 
BLADE SCANDAL Quarter of UK shops ‘are illegally selling knives to children’  
The Sun 16/05/2018 
 
Against a backdrop of rising knife crime, news headlines about school-age victims and perpetrators are shockingly frequent. 
 
Regionally, the poorest rates were in Scotland and Northern Ireland, which both saw retailers failing 41 per cent of tests. London had the lowest proportion with 18 per cent of tests failed. 
 
 
More than a quarter of shops are selling knives illegally to children as staff fail to check the age of customers 
Daily Mail 16/05/2018 
 
A quarter of shops sell knives to underage children, research suggests.  
 
Figures from retail age checking company Serve Legal showed that shop workers failed to check the age of mystery shoppers buying a knife in 26 per cent of 2,357 test sales in 2017. 
 
Children able to buy knives from shops, figures show 
The North-West Evening Mail 15/05/2018 
 
A QUARTER of shops are selling knives to underage children, new figures show. 
 
Mystery shoppers under 18 were able to buy a knife in 26% of test sales in the North West in 2017. The numbers, which come from 224 test purchases, are from retail age checking company Serve Legal. 
 
 
Serve Legal Are Recruiting 
Serve Legal 14/02/2018 
 
Serve Legal are recruiting for a new full-time support role to work with our existing Finance & Data team here in our lively Vauxhall office. You will be responsible for client reporting, system and database maintenance and dealing with client enquiries. The ideal candidate will be accurate, have a keen eye for detail and be pro-active in dealing with other members of the team. This is a varied role working in a fast-paced environment and will give you real experience of working within a successful, growing business. 
 
If you think you are right for the role and meet the core competencies, please email your CV and covering letter to jobs@servelegal.co.uk. You should demonstrate your suitability for the role, including relevant previous experience and details of what you hope to bring to Serve Legal. 
 
 
One in two online shops are willing to sell a knife to a child with no checks, police investigation finds 
Mail Online, 08/02/2018 
 
One in two online retailers are willing to sell a knife to a child with no checks, a police investigation found. 
 
A ‘hard core’ of high street retailers, often small independent shops, are also failing to observe the law, senior officers said. 
 
Retailers falling short in ID tests 
Drinks Retailing News, 14/07/2017 
 
Retailers sold alcohol to nearly one in six teenage mystery shoppers in 2016 without asking for proof of age, according to new data from Serve Legal. 
 
 
TEENAGE ALCOHOL SALE FIGURES EXPOSE LACK OF ON-TRADE AGE CHECKS 
eat.drink.sleep, 12/07/2017 
 
Hospitality operators sell alcohol to one in four teenage mystery shoppers without ID checks 
 
Underage sales test data reveals ‘concern’ for independents 
betterRetailing.com, 09/07/2017 
 
Independent retailers are 13% more likely to fail an underage sales test than the average store, new data has found. 
 
 
Petrol stations worst performers in proof of age tests 
Forecourt Trader, 07/07/2017 
 
Petrol stations were the least likely retail category to ask for proof of age in a test purchasing operation for alcohol and tobacco. 
 
Northern Ireland retailers 'the worst in UK' at asking for proof of age when selling alcohol 
Belfast Telegraph, 03/07/2017 
 
Retailers in Northern Ireland sold alcohol to more than one in four teenage mystery shoppers last year without asking for proof of age - the worst in the UK. 
 
C-stores pass 82.5% of alcohol ID check tests 
Convenience Store, 03/07/2017 
 
Convenience store retailers passed 82.5% of alcohol ID check tests in 2016, down slightly on the previous year's figure, but they improved their tobacco test pass rate, according to Serve Legal. 
 
On-trade serving 1 in 4 teens alcohol without asking for ID 
Morning Advertiser, 03/07/2017 
 
Operators solds one in four teenage mystery shoppers alcohol without asking for proof of age in 2016, according to new data. 
 
One in four Northern Ireland teens sold alcohol without ID checks 
The Irish News, 03/07/2017 
 
RETAILERS in Northern Ireland were caught selling alcohol to one in four teenage mystery shoppers last year without asking for ID. 
 
Revealed: children as young as 13 illegally sold knives in London 
Evening Standard, 08/03/2017 
 
Children as young as 13 were illegally sold knives in undercover operations carried out across London last year, new figures have revealed. 
 
 
Serve Legal Announced as the Regional Winner for the South of England in the Chamber Business Awards 
Chamber Business Awards, 09/2016  
 
Managing a teen workforce - Ed Heaver 
HR Magazine, 13/06/2016 
 
I'm founder and director of a successful fast-growing buiness providing services to the retail and leisure industries. Our challenges are the same as those facing any SME, but there is one aspect that sets us apart: our unusual workforce. 
 
 
 
Amazon delivering knives without age checks, Guardian investigation finds 
Guardian, 15/03/2016 
 
Amazon is selling age-restricted folding knives, similar to one used by the 16-year-old killer of schoolboy Bailey Gwynne, without checking they are safely delivered to adults, a Guardian investigation has found. 
 
 
Managing young people: the business where most employees retire at 20 
Personnel Today, 10/03/2016 
 
How do you manage a workforce that by its very nature needs to move on at 20? Ed Heaver of Serve Legal, an organisation that monitors age-restrictive sales, believes it’s about giving recognition and creating a supportive environment in which workers can flourish. 
 
No Right To Buy 
Ethical Corporation, 24/02/2016 
 
The ability of children to buy age-restricted goods online creates ethical as well as legal issues. 
 
SUN INVESTIGATION: Teen reveals how easy it is to buy age-restricted items 
The Sun.co.uk, 11/01/2016 
 
TEENAGERS can illegally buy knives, booze, cigarettes and fireworks online because stores fail to check their age, a Sun investigation has revealed. 
 
Shops ‘at risk’ over age-restricted sales 
Talking Retail.com, 21/12/2015 
 
Just more than half of small shops and newsagents pass test purchases on tobacco products as display ban sows confusion over when to ask for ID, reports this week’s Independent Retail News. Small independent shops and newsagents are most at risk of prosecution for selling tobacco products to under-age teenagers, according to a new survey. Data from Serve Legal, which carried out age-verification tests at 4,600 stores selling tobacco in 2015, shows 64% of total stores passed the test purchases, down by 6% on 2010 figures. 
 
Drinking venues slump on underage drinking tests 
Big Hospitality, 14/12/2015 
 
Drinking venues across the UK are performing badly in the fight against underage drinkers, according to research by Serve Legal, an independent auditing body of age-restrictive sales. 
 
Online retailers lag behind in battle against underage drinking 
Off Licence News, 11/12/2015 
 
Supermarkets and c-stores are leading the way in the fight against under-age drinking, according to a survey released today. 
 
 
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