Nottinghamshire County Council and the Police and Crime Commissioner are to fund the roll out of a nationally recognised scheme aimed at improving management of licensed premises and reducing alcohol related violence across the county.
Best Bar None is a national awards scheme which has been adopted by over 100 towns and cities across the UK - including Nottingham City.
Elsewhere its introduction has not only contributed to a reduction in alcohol-related violence, but has also made people feel safer and increased trade in pubs and clubs taking part.
Nottinghamshire's Best Bar None will initially run for three years and will be led by a Project Board of key stakeholders and administered by Mansfield District Council.
The County Council's Community Safety Committee has agreed to contribute half the £30,000 costs of setting up the scheme, with the remainder being funded by Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Paddy Tipping.
Councillor Glynn Gilfoyle, Chairman of the Community Safety Committee at Nottinghamshire County Council, said: "Tackling violent crime, particularly alcohol-related offences, is a priority for the Safer Nottinghamshire Board.
"Best Bar None is a tried and tested industry-led scheme, which not only promotes responsible management and operation in licensed premises, but also improves safety and the environment for customers - in turn leading to the economic benefits of increased trade.
"Many licensing authorities, the Police, pubs and clubs are already doing some great work to curb alcohol-related violence but we hope Best Bar One can take this to the next level, ensuring that the very highest standards are achieved consistently across the county."
Commissioner Paddy Tipping said: "I want people to have a great, and safe, night out and this scheme is one strand of our work to tackle alcohol-related crime.
"Mansfield has a thriving night-time economy and now accredited pubs and clubs will be able to prove to their customers that they manage their premises responsibly. I think this will both increase trade for the licensees and give the public confidence that they can enjoy a good night out in safe surroundings."
Councillor Mick Barton, Portfolio Holder for Public Protection at Mansfield District Council, said: "We already work hard with licensee and our partners to help make Mansfield District a great night out and I've been keen for the Best Bar None Scheme to be introduced here for some time. We look forward to adopting the initiative and hope it is successful in Nottinghamshire as it has been across the UK."
Best Bar None is an accreditation and awards scheme that recognises and rewards licensed premises that provide a safe, responsible setting for their customers.
To be Best Bar None accredited, venues need to meet a nationally agreed set of standards, such as carrying out regular security reviews, managing capacity properly, proactively dealing with intoxicated people and having a robust proof of age policy.
The accreditation changes annually in order to continually drive up standards. All the premises involved will be given feedback on areas for improvement and share best practice.
For further information on this press release please contact:
Rob Shirley, Senior Media Officer at Nottinghamshire County Council
Tel 0115 977 2802 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sallie Blair, Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner's Office
Tel 01283 821012 Email: email@example.com
Julia Collins, Public Relations Officer, Mansfield District Council
Tel: 01623 463021 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted on Tuesday 29th April 2014