We run a ‘Good Guy Scheme’ in the borough every year. It encourages retailers to be more responsible in the lead up to Bonfire Night and publicises the responsible retailers you can buy fireworks from.
We work in partnership with Greater Manchester Police and the Fire Service and participating traders following a code of conduct that prevents firework nuisance.
How do you become a member?
It's easy to join the scheme:
- We carry out an inspection of your premises.
- We advise the owner or manager of their legal obligations.
- You agree to abide by the terms and conditions of the scheme.
You can then display a good guy poster on your premises and your name is included in the list of members we publish in the local press.
If you're interested in joining the scheme, please contact us using the details on this page.
Good Guy scheme members
The following retailers are members of the Good Guy scheme.
- Bulldog Fireworks, Unit 2 Southgate Industrial Estate.
- Asda, Dane Street.
- Tesco, Silk Street.
- Lidl, Spotland Road.
- GR8 Sports, Townhead Sports, Lomax Street.
- Spot On, 126 Milkstone Road.
- J and S Wilkinson, 177 Rochdale Road.
- Asda Unit 2 Kingsway Retail Park.
- The Range, Kingsway Retail Park.
- Morrisons, Kingsway.
Conditions of the scheme
The Good Guy Scheme has been operating in Rochdale since 2004. Last year, 10 out of 20 local traders registered to sell fireworks agreed to abide by the conditions of the scheme. The conditions are:
- Store fireworks in a secure area in accordance with fire safety regulations.
- Do not sell fireworks to anyone under 18 (operating challenge 25).
- Only sell fireworks that are CE marked.
- Do not to sell fireworks before the 15 October and after 10 November (unless they own a year round licence).
As part of the scheme they also agree to not sell any of the following prohibited fireworks:
- Aerial Wheels
- Bangers (double or flash)
- Jumping Crackers
- Jumping ground spinners
- Mini Rockets
- Shot tubes
Support for the scheme
The Good Guy Scheme is supported by the Safe4Autumn Treacle campaign, a Greater Manchester initiative that works directly with local people to identify problems associated with this time of year. Partnership operations include high visibility policing, issuing fixed penalty notices, confiscation of alcohol, test purchasing, visits to firework retailers and education through school and community visits.