Nottinghamshire’s Best Bar None scheme, which recognises and rewards responsible licensed premises in the county, has come highly commended in the national awards for the scheme.
Nottinghamshire was shortlisted in two categories, Best New Scheme and Most Innovative Scheme.
The winners of the awards were announced at a parliamentary reception at the House of Lords on Tuesday 2nd February, and Nottinghamshire was awarded Highly Commended in both categories.
There are currently more than 60 schemes live around the UK. All were invited to submit entries for the four awards, which were Best Overall Scheme, Best New Scheme, Most Innovative Scheme and Outstanding Commitment to Best Bar None.
Entries were made by submitting an application with comprehensive supporting evidence.
Nottinghamshire launched its first scheme in 2015, and amongst other things, has put in place comprehensive support for applicants, organised free training opportunities and secured impressive sponsorship levels, all of which featured in the application in the “Best New Scheme” category.
Nottinghamshire is the first truly county-wide scheme in the country, and how this was achieved was the focus of its application in the “Most Innovative Scheme” category.
The scheme in Nottinghamshire has been jointly funded by the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) and Nottinghamshire County Council.
Councillor Glynn Gilfoyle, Chairman of Community Safety Committee at Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “Best Bar None has helped to drive up safety standards in pubs and clubs across Nottinghamshire and I am delighted with the significant impact it has had in such a short space of time.
“Best Bar None provides the rules, tools and support licensed premises need to create a safer, more welcoming environment for their staff and customers. I am thrilled that so many of Nottinghamshire’s pubs and clubs have embraced the scheme with such enthusiasm and eagerness to continually improve.”
Paddy Tipping, PCC for Nottinghamshire, said: "From the outset I committed to tackling alcohol-related crime and disorder as I know the negative effect it has on crime, health and communities. That's why I have supported schemes such as Best Bar None, helping people to enjoy a safe night out in responsibly managed premises. This commendation is well-deserved recognition of the progress that has been made and I'm delighted for everyone involved."
Applications for the 2016 scheme will open in the spring.
For more information, please contact Sylvia Oates on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07504 973421.
Posted on Monday 8th February 2016