Awards seek to reward the best in Best Bar None schemes


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A search has been launched for the best schemes run as part of the nationwide Best Bar None programme that improves standards in the licensed trade.

The Best Bar None Awards are seeking to find the best new scheme, the most innovative scheme and the most innovative initiative from among the 70 locations where Best Bar None is run.

The UK-wide programme is designed to improve standards within licensed premises through partnerships between the licensed trade, the police and local authorities.

Prize money of more than £5,000 will be awarded to the winners who demonstrate the positive impact Best Bar None has had within the local area.

National coordinator Mick McDonnell said: “The evidence from schemes around the country is of reduced A&E admissions, falling petty crime and improved public safety. Our awards programme seeks to identify those who are leading the field in outstanding partnership performance and where a positive difference is being made within communities.”

With a growing presence around the country, an improved and standardised measurement of success has been introduced to enable a consistent gathering of data which further underpins the conclusive impact a Best Bar None programme makes in a local area.

The competition is open to all current schemes and looks for detailed evidence validating the benefits to the community across the three categories.

Recognition and prizes will be awarded at the ceremony held at the House of Lords on February 5 next year, presented by Best Bar None’s chair, Lord Smith of Hindhead.

Entry is open now until a deadline of November 11 when all entries will be scrutinised and evaluated for shortlisting which takes place throughout December. All finalists will be contacted to attend the winners’ reception.

The award for best overall scheme will go to the scheme that the judges feel has had the biggest positive impact on the local area, with a cash prize of £3,000 to be re-invested into the scheme.

Best new scheme will be presented to a scheme that has been up and running for less than 15 months and that the judges feel has embraced the ethos of Best Bar None and has engineered itself to become valued and sustainable. The prize will be £1,000.

The award for most innovative initiative will go to the scheme where the judges feel that an idea or a process has made a significant difference in their area or to Best Bar None at a national level. The cash prize is £1,000.

There will also be a special Coordinators Award which will be awarded to the coordinator who it is felt has made the biggest commitment to Best Bar None to support their scheme or the programme nationally.

To enter, contact jade.buckland@bestbarnone.com.

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