Finalists for the Best Bar None national awards are facing stiff competition this year with a marked rise in the calibre of entries received. Innovation led the way with multiple entries demonstrating creative use of technology to communicate and to manage local activity.
Judges, Chair Robert Humphreys; Lord Smith of Hindhead; Mark Baird, Head of Alcohol in Society, Diageo; and Sarah Bridge, Leisure Correspondent, Financial Mail on Sunday debated the short-listed submissions concluding it was a tough session.
Best New Scheme sees Central Beds, Clapham and Torquay go head to head, each demonstrating strong engagement for their new programmes.
Most Innovate Scheme pits Exeter, Central Beds and Nottingham against each other in proving creative ideas and developments make a difference in the local area.
The Best Overall Scheme highlights the positive impact Best Bar None has in a local area and Sheffield, Durham and Central Beds each demonstrated a strong reduction in crime and exemplary partnership relationships.
The award for Outstanding Contribution remains under wraps as National Co-ordinator Mick McDonnell pens his shortlist of those who have made a significant contribution to making a success of a local programme.
The Awards will be presented on Tuesday 31st January at the House of Lords where Sarah Newton MP, Minister for Vulnerability, Safeguarding and Countering Extremism will address the attendees and join the sponsors in presenting an award.