Spirit Group is attempting to get personal licences for 560 of its staff ahead of the 24 November deadline, according to the Morning Advertiser. The paper reported that some managers did not obtain grandfather rights before the 6 August deadline because they were operating under protection orders. Licences are also needed for some deputy and relief managers. In an email to staff, Andrew George, of the group's pubs and bars division, also called attention to the problem of managers not attending courses. George said: "We have a huge job in getting those who require personal licences through the appropriate course within the timescale allotted. "We have found the number of managers requiring the licensing programme has risen to 560, well in excess of earlier estimations. "Over the past few weeks we have noticed that attendance has slipped to well under 50% on some courses, causing additional backlog. I feel the risk to business is high if we don't get full attendance."