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Read Bridget Jones’s Diary: The Mango Years…

Bridget Jones looked at the Christmas snowman jumper and smiled. Mark Darcy shuffled uncomfortably and looked rueful.

“Every time I wear one of these things I feel terrible, Bridge. Everyone else loves Christmas Jumper Day, but I dread it. When I met you at the turkey curry buffet wearing a reindeer jumper, I was unforgivably rude,” he said.

Bridget laughed. “And now, we wear matching horrid Christmas jumpers and put up with both sets of relatives, including Uncle Geoffrey…” she replied.

Mark sighed and looked around the packed room. “These turkey curry events get bigger every year. Your mother will be hiring the Albert Hall next year.”

A frown passed over his face. Bridget asked: “What’s wrong?”

Mark motioned her to step into the hall away from one of her mother’s friends attempting a bossa nova.

“I’m working with several retailers who are getting ready for 2024 and want to know their legal liabilities,” he replied.

“I know you love New Year resolutions, Bridge, and I’d like these retailers to take stock and look at their overall health and safety compliance, how they comply with environmental law, food safety laws, cyber security regulations, and public safety legislation.

“The coming year is going to be a big one for changes in public safety law with the implementation of Martyn’s Law.

“It’s named after Martyn Hett, one of the 22 innocent victims of the Manchester Arena terror attack in 2017. Public venues including malls and stores will need to have plans in place to ensure public safety, including effective staff training and detailed risk assessments.

“I’ve called in some experts from Penarth Management to assist me.”

Bridget nodded.

“Sounds like a lot of paperwork to me!” she said.

Mark smiled. “No, actually, my experts have recommended online compliance software which stores all the necessary documents in the cloud. No need for piles of papers. Plus, all the staff who need to can access them from wherever there’s an internet connection.”

“Perfect!” Bridget said.

“Mango,” said Mark.

“Sorry? Don’t think Mum’s got any. Strictly pineapple chunks and cheese on sticks in a hedgehog thingy…”

Mark laughed. “No, Mango, the name if the software.”

“Ah!” said Bridget.

Mark pointed to an elderly gentleman in an armchair wearing a garish elf hat. “Isn’t your father’s friend Ralph something big in Sainsbury’s? Maybe they’d like to know about Mango…”

Bridget laughed. “No, Uncle Ralph collects for his animal charity in Sainsbury’s ever week! He loves mango daiquiris, though…”

You can find out more about Martyn’s Law (the Terrorism (Protection of premises) Bill) here:

Find out how Mango’s online compliance software benefits your retail business. Book a free demonstration which will be delivered via Zoom. We can help you achieve the ISOs you need, too. Call Penarth Management on 029 2070 3328 or email

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