MORE resources have been made available to help independent retailers cope with the new licensing legislation that came into force in Scotland on 1st October 2011.

In addition to the excellent free guide and supporting website produced jointly by the Scottish Wholesale Association (SWA) and Scottish Grocers' Federation (SGF), there is also an extremely useful online resource from the Scottish Beer & Pub Association (SBPA).

As well as outlining the 'dos and don'ts' of the new legislation contained within the Alcohol etc. (Scotland) Act 2010, the SBPA's resource has a useful downloads area where retailers can access 'Challenge 25' point-of-sale (POS) material.

Kate Salmon, executive director of the SWA, said: "Any information that is going to help our members' customers understand what is expected of them under this new legislation is extremely useful and we are delighted to draw it to their attention.

"Our own high-profile booklet - 'The Alcohol Act Explained - A Guide to the Legislation', - has been very well received by the industry and the SPBA's website sits well alongside our publication and accompanying web resource."

'The Alcohol Act Explained - A Guide to the Legislation', an important guide to the law for retailers, has been produced by the SWA and SGF in partnership with leading drinks companies Heineken UK, Molson Coors, Diageo, InBev UK, Maxxium UK, Accolade Wines, Whyte & Mackay, Carlsberg and Tennent Caledonian Breweries.

Acknowledged by the Scottish Government, the guide - a comprehensive reference guide to the licensing legislation governing the sale of alcohol via off-licences in Scotland - is a unique collaboration between the SWA, SGF and leading drinks companies.

The SWA/SGF's online resource - - enables retailers to download 'Challenge 25' point-of-sale (POS) material and keep abreast of ongoing alcohol legislation. It will be updated on a regular basis to help retailers ensure that they operate responsibly and within the law.

The SPBA's online resource can been accessed at