Best Bar None judging gets under way

Published: January 9, 2017 2:26 pm

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Judging for the annual Best Bar None Awards for schemes up and down the country has commenced with the innovation category topping the list with the number of entries received.   The two-stage process sees representatives from industry, the media and government debate the merits and successes of the partnership programmes operated by local authorities, police and industry.

“The growing number of schemes around the country is pushing up the standard of entry across all categories,” said Robert Humphreys, Chairman of Best Bar None.  “It is particularly pleasing to see that innovation is leading the way in how, through collaboration, agencies and the industry are finding solutions to anti-social behaviour and other alcohol related harms.”

With stage-one under way the challenging task of shortlisting the entries down to ten in four categories has been tough. Finalists are then handed over to the final round judges, Lord Smith of Hindhead, Sarah Bridge, Leisure Correspondent, Financial Mail on Sunday, Mark Baird, Head of Alcohol in Society, Diageo and BBN Chairman Robert Humphreys, to decide the winners.

The House of Lords is the prestigious venue where the winners for Best in Innovation, Best New Scheme and Overall Best Scheme, as well as the 2016 Outstanding Individual Achievement Award  will be announced on Tuesday 31st to an audience of politicians, media, police, local authority and industry representatives.

PICTURED: CHAIRMAN ROBERT HUMPHREYS PROCEEDING OVER THE AWARDS AT THE HOUSE OF LORDS LAST YEAR