New funding is set to help Lichfield food businesses improve their hygiene and safety standards. Lichfield District Council has secured over £35,000 of funding from the Food Standards Agency to help companies to improve their Ratemyplace score.  Ratemyplace is the scheme that awards gold stars to food businesses based on how well managed their food hygiene and safety is – as decided by the council’s food safety inspectors.  To help food premises achieve more stars, the council will spend the grant on training local businesses – such as cafes and restaurants – that have achieved three or fewer stars. The council will offer two free training sessions to around 200 food businesses, as well as a translation service, should the manager or owner not speak fluent English. Councillor Ian Pritchard, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing, Health and Environmental Protection, said:
“After inspecting a café, restaurant or canteen, our food inspectors always work with the managers and staff to help them improve their hygiene practices – especially if their star rating is low. However, this grant will allow us to employ trainers to give extra coaching, to boost standards in premises across the district. “This is great news for our smaller businesses as they will be able to improve their hygiene practises, and potentially attract more customers who can have peace of mind that the restaurant or café they are visiting is clean, tidy and safe.”


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