BEST BAR NONE NATIONAL WINNERS ANNOUNCED

Published: February 2, 2017 10:52 am

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Outstanding Contribution:

Best Bar None National Coordinator Mick McDonnell; winner Tracey Ford, Sheffield Best Bar None and  Home Office Minister Sarah Newton, MP.

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National Winners, Durham:

Mike Clist, CEO, BII;  Durham BBN Scheme representatives PC Lee Jackson and Scheme Coordinator Carol Feenan; Mark Baird,  Head of Alcohol in Society, Diageo.

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National Winners, Durham:

Mark Baird, Head of Alcohol in Society, Diageo;  Durham BBN Scheme representatives PC Lee Jackson and Scheme Coordinator Carol Feenan; Lord Redesdale.

The House of Lords played host to a packed house on the night of the Best Bar None (BBN) National Awards.  Schemes from across the country gathered with MP’s, government officials, industry representatives and the media to see the prestigious awards presented to the exceptional programmes that operate in our towns and cities.

Sarah Newton, MP, Home Office Minister for Vulnerability, Safeguarding and Countering Extremism launched the awards and presented the Outstanding Contribution Award to Tracey Ford from the Sheffield Drug and Alcohol Action Team.  National BBN Co-ordinator Mick McDonnell said, “Through her leadership and commitment the BBN scheme continues to evolve and grow year on year. Tracey has been instrumental in proving that true partnership can, and does, achieve fantastic results.”

The Best New Scheme saw schemes in Torquay, Central Bedfordshire and Clapham go head-to-head with Clapham BBN announced as winner. “An area which has a challenging evening and night time economy has embraced over 75% of its pubs and bars engage with Best Bar None in the first year,” said Best Bar None Chairman Robert Humphreys, “A fantastic start in a one of London’s liveliest areas.”

The award was received by scheme coordinator Jeremy Keates from Stephen Carpenter, Senior Public Affairs Manager, Pernod Ricard UK who sponsor the BBN programme.

Next up was Most Innovative Scheme, which proved to be the most popular of all categories this year.  Central Bedfordshire, Nottinghamshire and Exeter were short-listed with Exeter topping the judge’s scorecard with their full-service App and the development of an innovative Queue Tracker (Shaan Mangat, Founder).  The QT looks to minimise flare points outside clubs and bars through informing customers of wait times leading to better people management and reduced incidents. The award was presented to scheme coordinator Jenny Sexton by sponsor representative Debbie Read, Head of Corporate Responsibility, Molson Coors.

The final award, for the Best Overall Scheme, went to Durham, whose entry was a shining example of engaging not only the industry but the general public too. Crime figures have fallen consistently year-on-year and public awareness and engagement has risen through innovative marketing and promotion.  The award was received by scheme coordinator Carol Feenan from sponsor Mark Baird, Head of Alcohol in Society at Diageo. Robert Humphreys said, “Durham is an outstanding example of a BBN programme that has continued to evolve through strong leadership, widespread engagement with all agencies and positive consumer engagement.  Having sustained the programme for over 10 years it is testament to the commitment of the team that improvement has been constant over the years.”

Sheffield and Central Bedfordshire, also finalists in the category, also saw impressive reductions in alcohol related crime and disorder. “Durham is an outstanding example of a BBN programme that has continued to evolve through strong leadership, widespread engagement with all agencies and positive consumer engagement.  The scheme is seen as an essential tool to help manage the evening and night-time economy whilst making the area an attractive place to work and visit,” said Robert Humphreys.

Finalists & Winners:

Outstanding Contribution

Tracey Ford, Sheffield Drug and Alcohol Action Team, Sheffield BBN

Best New Scheme

Clapham – Winner

Torquay – Highly Commended

Leighton-Linslade – Highly Commended

Most Innovative Scheme

Exeter – Winner

Central Bedfordshire – Highly Commended

Nottinghamshire – Highly Commended

Best Overall Scheme

Durham – Winner

Sheffield – Highly Commended

Central Bedfordshire – Finalist