More schemes are due to be launched for Best Bar None, the programme that improves standards in licensed premises, as it continues to roll out across the country.
It is in advanced planning stages for Altrincham in Greater Manchester, Sunderland, Barnsley in South Yorkshire, and both South Bank/London Bridge and Leicester Square in London, where they are due to go live later this year.
Best Bar None (BBN) now operates in 70 towns and cities, with new programmes launched in Swansea, Bolton in Greater Manchester, Bromsgrove in Worcestershire, Skipton in North Yorkshire, Warrington in Cheshire, and Reading this year so far.
The national award scheme promotes partnership working between the bar, pub, club and restaurant trade and the police and local authorities. Through enhanced professionalism and customer safety, the scheme reduces alcohol-related crime, anti-social behaviour and health harms in the areas where it operates. It is supported by the Home Office and the Scottish Government.
Best Bar None’s national coordinator Mick McDonnell said: “The engagement amongst partners across the country demonstrates the willingness of industry to work with police, local authorities and the private sector to create a safer environment for customers, visitors and staff as well as generating a more successful environment for businesses.
“There is much evidence of the positive contribution schemes make in increasing footfall when promoted locally, reducing A&E admissions, lowering petty crime and improving public safety. Our new nationwide measurement system has been introduced to demonstrate the positive benefits of BBN within communities and to the local economy.”
The growing network of regional Best Bar None awards programmes permits local flexibility to address local needs but are based on core national standards, Mick added. “The gathering of this new data will enable us to consistently measure key areas of alcohol-related crime and disorder and the impact a scheme has locally as well as the contribution BBN makes collectively at a national level.”