A series of training courses are being run for shop owners by the British Equestrian Trade Association (BETA) to promote successful retailing.

The courses will be held at venues across the UK and Ireland from April until the end of the year and cover safety (hat and body protector fitting), saddlery retailing, lorinery retailing and visual merchandising.

Aimed at business owners and their staff, the training and will include both practical and theoretical work and run by experts in the fields. In some cases a formal qualification or certificate can be earned.

Claire Williams, executive director of BETA said: “BETA training is designed to enhance knowledge and encourage more professional, and therefore profitable, equestrian retailing.

“Many retailers also see attending courses as an excellent networking opportunity and a means to stay up-to-date with the latest products and trends — something that is invaluable in the retail sector.”

Animal medicines courses are also being run by BETA in conjunction with the Animal Medicines Training Regulatory Authority. The completion of the course results in applicants receiving Suitably Qualified Person (SQP) status, enabling the sale of horse and pet wormers from shops.

All companies are invited to apply for the BETA training courses, which are discounted for members.

For more information on the training courses tel: 01937 587062