Best Bar None scheme extended to Edinburgh’s New Town

Best Bar None Edinburgh City Launch

The Best Bar None scheme which helps to maintain high standards in the licensed trade has been extended in Edinburgh to cover the New Town.

The latest initiative has been launched by Best Bar None Scotland (BBN) for bars, clubs and restaurants across New Town including George Street.

It follows the success of BBN schemes in Grassmarket in the Old Town, in Leith, and in Gorgie and Dalry to the west of Edinburgh.

The latest initiative was launched at an event last week attended by people from over 40 licensed premises, inviting all operators large and small to seek Best Bar None accreditation.

BBN was set up nationally to promote responsible management and operation of licensed premises to help create a safer, socially responsible and more vibrant leisure economy.

Councillor Eric Milligan, convener of the City of Edinburgh Licensing Board, said: “When I became convener, I was keen to do as much as possible to establish constructive relationships between Edinburgh’s civic authorities, the police and the city’s licensed trade.

“It is my goal to see the city’s bars, clubs and restaurants become recognised as one of the capital’s well-known attractions.

“From launching a BBN pilot scheme in Leith to now offering the opportunity across the Grassmarket, Gorgie/Dalry and the city centre, I am pleased with the progress we have made.

“Being part of the BBN initiative is an excellent way for venues to show they care about more than just their products but about their standards of service.

“It’s my hope that by increasing numbers of city centre premises becoming BBN accredited, the capital is moving closer to becoming a real contender as one of the best places in the world for safe, high-quality licensed trade.”

The BBN initiative has accredited over 450 premises throughout Scotland and works with the licensed trade, Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, suppliers and the Scottish Licensed Trade Association. It is supported by Scottish Government for celebrating and rewarding licensed premises for responsible management and efforts made to combat alcohol related crime and disorder.

It is sponsored by drinks companies Diageo, Molson Coors, Heineken, Tennents, Maxxium and Chivas Brothers and is an integral part of the Safer Areas Initiatives throughout Scotland.

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Pictured above are Tony Peart from The Jolly Botanist in the Haymarket area, a representative from BBN partner Scottish Fire and Rescue, councillor Eric Milligan, BBN Scotland chair Mandy Haeburn-Little, a representative from BBN partner Police Scotland, and Jay Glass from Edinburgh club Why Not and whisky bar Usquabae.

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