Bars, pubs and clubs across Nottingham city centre are signing up to a new Licensed Premises Exclusion Notice Scheme for reducing alcohol-related crime.
Launched by the Nottingham Business Improvement District (BID), it has already brought 100 licensed premises on board, working together to ban prolific offenders from their venues.
Operators that sign up to the scheme are given warning cards which they issue to individuals when they commit an offence on their premises.
If an individual receives two warning cards – or just one if the offence involves violence or drugs – they will be automatically banned from all venues participating in the scheme.
Their information is also circulated to the businesses involved via the Nottingham BID’s secure information sharing system.
Exclusions can be appealed, but only after an incident-free period of six months and providing that the offender has attended an alcohol awareness class run by Last Orders Alcohol Support Services.
The scheme is open to members of the Nottingham BID as well as venues who are linked to the Nottingham BID’s radio scheme even if they are not BID members.
Neil Fincham, a director of the Nottingham BID, said: “We want Nottingham city centre to be as safe and enjoyable as possible for people in the evening and at night and this new scheme will play an important part in helping to reduce alcohol-related crime. We are confident that more and more venues will sign up to the scheme as they start to see the benefits.”
“This scheme creates a united front that benefits businesses, customers and the city as a whole,” said Vanessa Hawkes, manager of Stonegate Pub Company’s bar Cape, one of the businesses that has already signed up to the scheme.
“It shows that we care and won’t tolerate alcohol related crime, helping to make the city a safer and more welcoming place at night.”
The Licensed Premises Exclusion Notice Scheme represents the latest of a number of initiatives led by the Nottingham BID to make Nottingham city centre as attractive as possible in the evening.
These include the team of taxi marshals who help to manage city-centre taxi ranks at night, the late-night opening of the Greyhound Street toilets, additional street cleaning and the Best Bar None accreditation and awards scheme. The BID also contributes to the team of street pastors who assist people in the city centre at night.
These activities all contributed to the city securing Purple Flag status for the fifth year running in 2014, a national awards scheme which recognises excellence in the night-time management of town and city centres.
The Nottingham BID was formed in January 2013 after the merger of the city’s Retail and Leisure BIDs. BIDs are not-for-profit and are privately funded by retailers and licensed premises that fall within the defined BID zone area, based on their rateable value.
With over 770 businesses including over 140 independents, the Nottingham BID is one of the largest BIDs in the UK. There is an optional scheme called Friends of the BID for businesses under the rateable value threshold or outside the BID Zone area.