A record number of licensed premises in Nottingham city centre has succeeded in gaining accreditation through the Best Bar None scheme.
Nottingham Business Improvement District (BID), the partnership group that runs the initiative, revealed that 51 venues had been successful, including newcomer Das Kino (pictured) which opened in September last year.
The accreditations followed an application process, independent assessments of their applications and visits to the venues.
Best Bar None is a national initiative supported by the Home Office, designed to promote the responsible and effective management and operation of licensed premises. It has been running in Nottingham city centre since 2010.
All the accredited businesses are automatically eligible for Nottingham’s annual Best Bar None Awards which recognise outstanding premises in various categories including large bar, small bar, large pub, small pub, and club.
In addition to an overall winner, there is a Public Choice winner determined by a public vote which opened for nominations on August 17. A Judges Choice winner will be chosen by a judging panel in each category.
See below for the full list of accredited venues. Click here to vote. The awards culminate in a special event that takes place on October 13.
Benefits from taking part in Best Bar None include increased footfall and turnover through the creation of a safe night-time environment. It also provides recommendations for accredited venues, improved relationships with the police and local authorities, a continual focus on improving standards, the sharing of best practice, additional training for staff and higher staff morale and a reduction in the premiums for some insurance policies. Those that secure accreditation are also actively promoted in literature and through PR and social media activity.
To achieve Best Bar None status, venues have to demonstrate they have policies and procedures in place to prove that they are safe, responsible and well operated and also comply with relevant legislation.
They are assessed on areas such as the prevention of crime and disorder, the measures they take to promote responsible drinking, their standards of safety and customer care, how they prevent and deal with public nuisance issues, the measures they have in place to protect children from harm, and their approach to community engagement including membership of initiatives such as Pub Watch and charities.
Tom Waldron Lynch, vice chairman of the Nottingham BID, said: “We are delighted that so many venues applied for Best Bar None and also that so many have been successful in securing accreditation. We have been working hard to encourage as many licensed premises as possible to become accredited as it shows that Nottingham city centre is achieving high standards and so is a good place to visit and spend time in.”
Best Bar None has been such a success in the city that a similar scheme has been extended throughout the county, covering areas such as Ashfield, Gedling, Newark & Sherwood, Bassetlaw, Broxtowe, Mansfield and Rushcliffe.
Browns Bar and Brasserie
The Rum House/Bad Juju
The Malt Cross
Slug and Lettuce
All Bar One
Lloyds No 1
Pitcher & Piano
Capital FM Arena
Coach and Horses
Horn in Hand
The Ned Ludd
The Major Oak
Spanky Van Dykes
Pit & Pendulum
The Roebuck Inn
The Company Inn