Successful food safety seminar


More than 40 business owners from across North Somerset met with council officers earlier this month, as part of a special seminar with the area’s Bangladeshi community.

Officers from North Somerset Council’s Food and Commercial Health and Safety, and Trading Standards teams were on hand at the event as well as a Bangladeshi-speaking food safety consultant.

The business owners were able to ask the team about any issues relating to food and health and safety.

The council has previously held similar food safety sessions for other business sectors, including child minders, and is looking to run similar events with other businesses.

Feedback following the event has been positive as Cllr James Clayton, North Somerset Council’s executive member with responsibility for regulatory services, explains:

“We’ll always try and find innovative and cost effective ways to support our business communities and I’m really pleased that our teams were able to help and be part of this session. The feedback we’ve had since is that the seminar was incredibly well received and it enhanced understanding and knowledge.

“The topics covered were particularly enlightening and provided the business owners with a deeper insight into what to expect when they receive a food hygiene inspection so they feel well equipped to ensure high standards. I’d especially like to thank Mr Ershad Ali for hosting the event at The Curry Garden in Weston, as the choice of venue helped make the seminar so successful.”

Business owners who are interested in arranging a food and health and safety seminar for their sector can register their interest by emailing