The national Best Bar None Awards (BBN) are now open for entry, seeking the best overall scheme, new scheme and most innovative scheme.
Supported by the Home Office, and active across 70 towns and cities in the UK, Best Bar None is a programme designed to improve standards within licensed premises through partnerships between the licensed trade, the police and local authorities.
Prize money in excess of £5,000 will be awarded to the winners who are able to demonstrate the positive impact that BBN has had within the local area.
The Best Overall Scheme award will be presented to the scheme that the judges feel has had the biggest positive impact on the local area. It carries a prize of £3,000.
The Best New Scheme award 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 BBN, engineering itself to become valued and sustainable. It carries a prize of £1,000.
The Most Innovative Scheme award will be presented to the scheme that the judges feel has presented an idea or a process that has made a significant difference in their area or to BBN at a national level. It carries a prize of £1,000.
In addition, the Outstanding Commitment award will be presented to an individual who has shown commitment above and beyond what would normally be required in support of their own local Best Bar None scheme, or nationally. The winner will be chosen by the Best Bar None Board and will receive a prize of £250.
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.”
The competition is open to all current schemes. Applications must be received before 16 November, when all entries will be scrutinised and evaluated for shortlisting, which takes place throughout December.
Winners will be announced at a prestigious ceremony held at the House of Lords on 4 February 2019 when the awards will be presented by chair of Best Bar None, Lord Smith of Hindhead CBE.