Tuesday 4th July saw about thirty licensees gather at Deltic’s Fiction nightclub in Swansea for the launch of the first BBN scheme in South Wales. The use of the venue was very kindly agreed by Chris Broad the General Manager who is taking on the role of BBN Chair.
The scheme is being coordinated by the Swansea Business Improvement District (BID) who have employed at Twilight Operative specifically to manage the scheme.
The event was officially opened by Russell Greenslade the BID’s Chief Exec who said a few words about how important the Night-Time Economy was to Swansea, he then passed the microphone on to Mick McDonnell Best Bar None’s National Coordinator who explained the accreditation process, the importance of partnership, and how BBN supports licensees who go through the process. Mick then gave an overview of the national picture saying that Swansea now joined a growing ‘family’ of over 70 towns and cities across the UK.
Next to speak was the South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner Alun Michael, who was very keen to lend his support to the project saying that although crime is down, people’s perception of crime isn’t, and that BBN is a great way for the Police to work with all interested parties to create a safe and vibrant night-time economy. The final speech came from Cllr Mark Childs who again fully supported the programme. The official part of the evening was closed by Swansea’s Twilight Operative Bendan Bottomley who will be the scheme coordinator.
The evening finished with a buffet and drinks allowing all attendees to engage with each other, ask questions and collect their application packs.