/ Pubs and clubs awarded for making regions venues safer

Last week on 7 September, 17 of the licenced applicants who applied to join the Best Bar None scheme were awarded for their efforts.

Best Bar None is a Home Office backed initiative that sees the police, local authorities and bar and club owners work together to reduce alcohol-related harm. Initially launched in Manchester in 2003, over 70 schemes operate across the country, focussing on improving professionalism and standards of training, as well as creating new ways to maximise safety and welfare for the vulnerable.

In January, police re-launched the scheme for bars and nightclubs across Greater Manchester, encouraging them to continue working towards keeping people safe while enjoying a night out.

Held at the Grosvenor Casino, the awards were presented by the Best Bar None UK’s National Co-Ordinator Mick McDonnell alongside representatives from GMP and Bolton Council.

Chief Superintendent Stuart Ellison, GMP Divisional Commander for Bolton said: “Best Bar None is a hugely positive initiative, setting a guideline for all licenced venues to work towards, with the overall goal of keeping people safe while on a night out.

“Hosting the first awards here in Bolton is a great opportunity to show off the positive work being done not only by GMP but Bolton Council, and the licensees themselves. Working together means that these professional relationships have been strengthened and we are now sharing information between us that can help to prevent incidents like we have seen previously.

“Greater Manchester has some brilliant attractions, one of which being the varied and vibrant nightlife on offer. This scheme is in place to make sure people can enjoy it safely, without concern for their welfare.”

Councillor Derek Burrows, Cabinet Member for Police and Community Safety said: “We are delighted that bars in Bolton are leading the way in making the town a safer place to go out at night.

“These bars and clubs have been working hard with the police and the council to improve their standards and their training to ensure people can enjoy a fun and safe night out.”

The success of the scheme in Bolton has now seen it rolled out across further divisions, with the launch in Salford later this month.

Upon presenting the awards, Mick McDonnell, National Co-ordinator for Best Bar None said “It’s absolutely fantastic to see the Best Bar None scheme back in Greater Manchester creating strong partnerships between the police, local authority and licenced premises.

“Working together to create safe and vibrant night-time economies can only enhance the reputation of the Greater Manchester area.

“Bolton is leading the way, and I look forward to re-visiting Manchester more often as new schemes are launched.”

The Best Bar None initiative is designed to:

• Reduce alcohol related crime and disorder
• Build a positive relationship between licensed trade, police and local authorities
• Reduce harmful effects of binge drinking
• Improve knowledge and skills of enforcement and regulation agencies, licensees and bar staff to help them responsibly manage licensed premises
• Process of becoming recognised by BBN includes meeting minimum standards and culminates with a high profile award night with category winners and an overall winner
• Responsible owners are recognised and able to share good practice with others
• Highlight how operating more responsibly can improve the profitability of an individual business and attractiveness of a general area

For more information please visit www.bbnuk.com

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