Thursday 8th September saw the new BBN scheme in Bolton hold its first awards evening at Bolton’s Grosvenor Casino.
Bolton is the first scheme to go live in the Greater Manchester Police force area since the scheme stopped in Manchester a number of years ago.
Over 120 people turned up (including Cllr Martin Donaghy – Chair of the Licensing Committee and Chief Inspector Ruth Llewellyn – local police commander) to acknowledge the 17 venues that had gone through the assessment process and achieved BBN status. In fact, the standard of assessments was that high that not one venue achieved Bronze (minimum) level accreditation, they all achieved silver or above.
The scheme, launched back in January has been supported by local Police licensing officer P.C. Andy Vernon, and GMP force licensing officer P.C. Natalie Dolan both working very closely with the trade led steering group to ensure that venues were fully prepared for their assessments. The expectation for year one was 12 venues, so when 17 achieved the standard, everyone was delighted.
Speeches were given by Mick McDonnell (BBN National Coordinator) Cllr Martin Donaghy and Steve Coyle (Chair of Bolton BBN).
The awards were preceded by a drinks reception and a hot and cold buffet very kindly donated by the casino as part of their hosting package.
The awards were presented by Mick McDonnell with the overall winners (Platinum) awards going to Level nightclub.
A charity raffle and auction raised over £1100.00 to be split between BBN and a local child berievement charity, and a local singer followed by a disco finished the evening off