Published: May 1, 2018 3:18 pm

Asahi UK, Mitchells & Butlers (M&B) and Ei Group are the latest companies to lend their support to Best Bar None (BBN), joining fellow sponsors JD Wetherspoon, Stonegate Pub Company, Diageo, HEINEKEN and Pernod Richard.

The Home Office backed scheme, which has been running for more than 15 years, works with the alcohol industry, police and local authorities to promote responsible alcohol consumption and higher professional licensing standards in pubs, bars and clubs.

By working to reduce crime and disorder, Best Bar None helps to create a safer and more responsible alcohol related leisure environment that encourages people of all ages to socialise. Premises are audited by trained assessors for operational standards, policies and procedures, as well as the education and training of staff.

Mick McDonnell, National Co-ordinator for BBN said: “With active programmes across 70 towns and cities, clear evidence is now emerging that where a Best Bar None scheme is in existence it contributes to a reduction in alcohol-related disorder, promotes higher professional licensing standards and provides a boost to the town’s day time and night time economy.”

Managing Director for Asahi UK, Tim Clay said: “As a business, we value our place in the local community and are committed to partner with the rest of the industry to help promote responsible drinking and encourage professional standards in the trade. Best Bar None fits perfectly with our ethos and we are delighted to lend our support.”

Ei Group’s CEO, Simon Townsend, said: “As the largest portfolio manager of pubs in the UK, with over 4,500 properties, we are delighted to be adding our support to the Best Bar None scheme.”

Frazer Grimbleby, the Group’s Operations Director for Craft Union Pub Company, added: “By working together with other companies, local authorities and the police, we can ensure that communities are safer places to be, which will help to attract more visitors to our towns and city centres.”

Emma Thomas, Security and Licensing Manager at Mitchells & Butlers, said: “M&B is one of the largest operators of restaurants, pubs and bars in the UK, with around 1,650 outlets across the UK. As a business we are committed to promoting responsibly operated and safe premises for the local community to socialise in and enjoy, so it made complete sense for us to sign up to Best Bar None and support the drive to encourage responsible alcohol consumption and higher professional licensing standards.”

The highlight of the Best Bar None year is the annual awards ceremony held at the House of Lords, which recognises and rewards the very best of the Best Bar None schemes. Each year the schemes innovate and share best practice in a bid to win in one of three categories:

  • ‘Best Overall Scheme’, presented to the scheme that has had the biggest impact on the local area.
  • ‘Most Innovative Scheme’, awarded to the most creative concept or initiative introduced to make a difference in the local area.
  • ‘Best New Scheme’, open to any scheme running for less than 18 months.

The schemes also run their own regional awards to celebrate the achievements made by local pubs, bars and clubs to make their establishments safe and boost the value of the nighttime economy.