Transforming food outlets into sparkling five-star hygiene establishments is the aim of a new council scheme.

Kitchen cleanliness, cooking methods and food management are all under the spotlight.

Cheshire West and Chester Council’s food safety team has launched the ‘GET 5’ service to boost hygiene ratings across the borough.

Each food outlet is inspected by the local authority and given a score from zero to five.

Standing for gaining excellence together, businesses can pay £175 for tailored advice and coaching on how to improve their grade.

Cabinet member for environment and community councillor Mark Henesy said: “I’m sure that setting up and running a food business can be daunting.

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“There’s a lot to learn and manage to make sure a business complies with the law.

“The best food hygiene rating reassures the public that you take food safety seriously and having a high food hygiene rating is likely to increase footfall and increase profits.

“I’m delighted that the ‘GET 5’ service has been developed to work closely with food businesses of any size in Cheshire West.”

Advice on customer complaints and allergens is also a part of the package.

Mark Huntley, who manages the Duke of Portland pub in Northwich , said for him the service was ‘money well spent’.

He said: “I found the approach of the food officer very professional and she made everything very simple to understand.

“I would highly recommend all food establishments to take advantage of the ‘GET 5’ service.”

To find out more about the service visit the Council website and search for ‘GET 5’ or book a visit by calling 01244 973708 or emailing

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