Licensing Consultancy Services Ltd

We are a company specialising in the legislation affecting the retail Licensed and Gambling sector. Based in the South East of England, but able to travel anywhere to advise, inform, make applications on behalf of and represent clients on Licensing Act 2003 and Gambling Act 2005 issues. We are also experienced in training retail staff, Councillors and Licensing Authority Officers and speak to Local Councils, Residents’ and Community Groups on licensing issues.

Jim Ratchford

Our Principal, Jim Ratchford has over 30 years’ experience dealing with licensing matters including five years teaching Police Officers liquor licensing, public entertainment, drug and gambling legislation, seven years as a Police Licensing Officer in Kent and a further seven years as the licensing manager in a local authority.

He was a Founding Member of the Kent and Medway Regulatory Licensing Steering Group and has represented Kent at the Local Government Association. Additionally, he was on the British Institute of Innkeeping (BII) Working Party that produced the ‘Managing the Night Time Economy’ qualification and has been a ‘Best Bar None’ evaluator.

He has sat on Home Office Technical Groups reviewing the Licensing Act and has represented NCiF (National Casino industry Forum) at the Home Office.

Jim sits on the Accreditation Panel for the prestigious Purple Flag Award Scheme.

He has delivered training to Councillors and Local Authority Officers and speaks on licensing issues to educational bodies, Village Hall and Community Groups as well as PubWatch and LVAs.  He is the Licensing Consultant to the Kent Association of Local Councils (KALC).

He is registered with the Institute for Learning, is a Fellow and Training Professional with the BIIAB ( and through a Training Partnership with NVC Awareness Ltd is able to offer a wide range of nationally accredited, professionally delivered and cost-effective training courses relevant to the hospitality sector.  These Courses are delivered in venues throughout the Southeast.

An active member of the Institute of Licensing, he has been the Training Officer for the South East Region.  Jim is a Personal Licence holder.

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