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Up Your Ratings! Gives Wakefield Businesses An Appetite for Success

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Up Your Ratings! Gives Wakefield Businesses An Appetite for Success

A project aimed at increasing food hygiene ratings of hospitality and catering sector companies in Wakefield has given business owners an appetite for success.

Up Your Ratings training, delivered by Wakefield Council, aims to increase skill levels of food business owners and managers through training on food safety and the criteria behind the national Food Hygiene Rating scheme.

Pizza Paradise in Wakefield was one of 93 businesses to benefit from the training, supported by Leeds City Region Skills Network and funded by The Skills Enhancement Fund.

new skills lead to massive improvements

In February this year, owner Martin Saritag accessed the training to gain an understanding of the criteria behind the food hygiene rating scheme. Little over a month later, Martin had put all he’d learnt into practice and Environmental Health Officers reported a massive improvement on standards by awarding the highest hygiene rating possible – a rating of five.

Martin said "The training has equipped me with the knowledge and skills that I need to keep my business growing. Having a high rating is really important as customers can see it, especially now that it is on the internet. I would recommend the course to any other business."

great opportunity for local businesses

Cllr Maureen Cummings, Wakefield Council’s cabinet member for the Environment and Communities, said: “This is a great opportunity for local businesses to learn more about the rating scheme and what they need to do to improve their score.
The sessions are heavily subsidised thanks to the Skills Enhancement Fund*, so this is a good chance for owners and managers to take positive steps towards improving their food safety and increasing their number of customers.”

*The Skills Enhancement Fund is co-financed by the Skills Funding Agency through theEuropean Social Fund. Calderdale College are the Accountable Body for the Fund. (

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