The British Institute of Innkeeping has responded to last week's Home Office results from the National Alcohol Misuse Enforcement Campaign. The body, comprising of over 16,200 members welcomed the results, but pointed out that help was needed going forward.

"We welcome any support from the police to stamp out alcohol-related crime and the issue of underage drinking and sales," said John McNamara, chief executive of the Institute. "We have been working tirelessly for many years to equip licensees with the tools to run their business in a socially responsible manner.

"However, we cannot do this on our own," he added.

We design and develop qualifications that underpin the high standards of social and legal responsibility expected from the regulators of licensed premises.

"Our qualifications emphasise the two major components of this campaign, under-ages (sic) sales and the serving of intoxicated people, for both licensees and bar staff, the National Certificate for Licensees (NCL) and the Barperson's National Certificate (BNC). These qualifications give those working within the licensed retail sector the knowledge and confidence to work within the legal framework.

"The majority of responsible licensees are not the problem, they are a large part of the solution. No good licensee wants to encourage irresponsible drinking or under-ages (sic) sales, by doing so their livelihood is at risk.

"We believe that partnerships are crucial to the success of the night-time economy. Safe environments for both staff and customers are achieved by high standards across the board through training and sharing best practice. The future lies in qualified professionals working in their communities to help tackle crime and disorder issues alongside the other agencies involved," McNamara concluded.

The results last week highlighted that, in sting operations on targeted establishments, 51% of on-trade premises were found to be selling to under-18s.