Tuesday, 13 February 2018  |  Admin


Social enterprise Under Age Sales Ltd is pleased to announce the appointment of Anne-Marie Canham as its new Managing Director with effect from 1st March 2018.

Anne-Marie joined the company from Spar Wholesaler, James Hall & Co Ltd last year and has brought a wealth of experience in compliance, retail training and product development. Under Age Sales specialised in helping retailers to prevent children and young people access age restricted products, like alcohol, tobacco, fireworks, knives and gambling. It has built a strong reputation providing sage advice, training and support in this niche field.

Tony Allen, current Managing Director, said: It has been my absolute pleasure to lead this small social enterprise from the inception of an idea to the thriving and dedicated firm that it is seven years later. During that time, we have helped thousands of businesses to understand their legal obligations, protect them from action by law enforcement, and train their staff in formal BTEC/NVQ Level 2 qualifications. As I embark upon other ventures, now is the time to hand over the reins to a full-time Managing Director to continue the growth and development of our business in new areas.

Anne-Marie Canham, said: I am delighted to be taking on this challenge. Im passionate about the protection of children from harm and supporting retailers on the front line against young people attempting to access age restricted products. Under Age Sales already offers a full suite of products and services to support retailers and I am planning to grow those services to meet the full needs of our clients.

Under Age Sales Ltd was established in 2011 as a social enterprise to provide training, point-of-sale materials, support and specialist compliance advice to retailers. The firm has enjoyed close working relationships with trade associations, manufacturers and retailers; it has also campaigned for improvements in the law, greater protection for retailers, and improved enforcement from local authorities. Tony Allen has led the business since its inception, but has now decided to take on an Emeritus Specialist Advisor role, whilst the day-to-day operations and management are taken forward by Anne-Marie and the team.