On Tuesday 14th November at Legends Bar, Wellington Street in Barnsley approximately 80 people gathered for the latest and probably the last Best Bar None (BBN) Scheme launch of 2017.
Licensees mingled with Councillors, Council officers and representatives from South Yorkshire police before the speeches started.
The first speech was given by Diana Terris, the Chief Executive of Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council (BMBC) welcoming everyone to the event, pledging the councils support and urging everyone to get involved. Next was BBN National Coordinator Mick McDonnell who welcomed Barnsley to the Best Bar None family and gave an overview of BBN nationally explaining that BBN was an opportunity for true partnership working in the town? Two police officers from Greater Manchester (Natalie Dolan and Andy Vernon) spoke about how BBN had transformed relationships in Bolton and as a consequence, crime in Pubs had reduced by over 30% since January 2017.The final speech was given by Diane Lee, Director of Public Health in Barnsley whose team are coordinating and funding the project. Diane also took the opportunity of a packed room to launch the ‘Ask for Angela’ project, a project designed to help with the issue of vulnerability in the ENTE.
After the formalities, a fantastic buffet was laid on and guests took the opportunity to network.
Assessing will begin in Barnsley in January to allow the trade to concentrate on the festive season.