L-R: Elena Parker from andwhynot; Damien Calko, General Manager at andwhynot; Paddy Tipping and Kirsty Layton from andwhynot
Nottinghamshire has launched the Best Bar None scheme for 2017, with applications now being taken.
The scheme assesses all of the work that the pubs, bars and clubs of Nottinghamshire do to ensure their customers are as safe as possible. It is open to all licensed venues in the county area, excluding the city.
Funded by the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Nottinghamshire, and Nottinghamshire County Council, it will be the third time the scheme has run.
Examples of the criteria considered include how staff are trained to deal with disorder, the measures taken to prevent theft and the steps taken to discourage drink driving.
The 2016 scheme was hailed a great success, with over 70 venues from all districts and boroughs within the county of Nottinghamshire applying for accreditation.
The scheme recognised a winner in each borough, and from these, an overall scheme winner was chosen.
Borough winners were Rolls Royce Leisure, Hucknall; The Millhouse, Worksop; The Admiral Sir John Borlase Warren, Stapleford; The Elwes Arms, Carlton; andwhynot, Mansfield; The Sir John Arderne, Newark and The Country Cottage Hotel, Ruddington.
Andwhynot also received the accolade of overall winner for 2016.
Jonathon Edwards, co-owner of andwhynot’s parent company, Cheeky Monkey Bars, said: “We were over the moon to win last year’s Nottinghamshire Best Bar None, especially after facing some very good competition.
“It’s been a very rewarding experience,” he continued. “Not only for our amazing team of staff – but for our customers too! Its been brilliant bringing such an accolade back to Mansfield.”
Councillor Gordon Wheeler, Vice-Chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council’s Community and Place Committee, said: “This scheme is an effective way of reducing alcohol related crime and disorder by recognising local pubs, bars and clubs that responsibly manage their licensed premises.
“We should all be able to enjoy our towns and villages at night without fear of an alcohol related incident and this scheme sends a message that responsible venues will not tolerate such activity.”
All accredited venues can be found on the Nottinghamshire Best Bar None website and the scheme’s free-to-download app.
The app lists all of the premises that made the grade in the scheme last year, searchable by type, with the results displayed according to distance or business name.
It also contains helpful tips for nights out, such as how to get home, how to stay safe and what to do in the unlikely event that something goes wrong.
Police and Crime Commissioner, Paddy Tipping said: “I am pleased to be supporting the Best Bar None Scheme again this year, anything that helps people to enjoy their night out safely at the wide range of accredited venues can only be a good thing.”
Venues who achieve accreditation receive a certificate and window sticker to display in their premises to promote their status.
Alongside the promotional benefits of the scheme, venues have found it has enabled them to develop better relationships with the police and council licensing teams, and it provides a talking point with customers, who are all impressed to hear all of the things that venues do to ensure they have a safe and enjoyable time.
Interested venues can apply online at www.nottinghamshirebbn.com.
The app is available on the App Store and Google Play.
For Paddy Tipping, please contact Sallie Blair - 01283 821012 / 07702 541401
For the Best Bar None Scheme, please contact Sylvia Oates on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07504 973421.
Posted on Wednesday 26th July 2017