The Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) has announced that four new operators from the north west have joined the group: Central Bars, Baa Bar, Pax Leisure and Ice Bars. It follows an offer from Merseyside-based CPL Training to match companies’ first year membership of ALMR with free training. Nick Bish, ALMR chief executive, said: “It’s very good indeed to have no fewer than four Merseyside companies joining the Association. Liverpool has a vibrant bar scene and ALMR is looking forward to supporting that success. “CPL’s offer of training matched to new operators’ membership fee is both imaginative and generous; it shows how this industry is really joined up and mutually supporting.” Elaine Clarke, managing director of Baa Bar, said: “As a small growing business, we welcome the help and support that ALMR will provide particularly with big issues that concern not only our own business but the industry as a whole.” Daniel Davies, CPL Training chief executive and ALMR Council member, said the training offered under the deal “can be face-to-face, online or a mixture of the two”. “We’ll agree the details of the training provided with each individual operator,” he added. “We’re delighted to have recruited Central Bars, Baa Bar, Pax Leisure and Ice Bars to ALMR. There is growing awareness amongst operators of the important work ALMR engages in on their behalf.” It follows news that three major pub operators - JD Wetherspoon, Spirit and Stonegate - have joined the trade body in the past month.