Plymouth’s Best Bar None scheme was celebrating once again this year, having scooped the top prize for ‘Best Overall Scheme’ for the second consecutive year in National Best Bar None Awards held at the House of Lords on Monday 4th February.
Sheffield was highly commended in the same category and Wrexham and Barnsley also received top category awards; Wrexham for ‘Most Innovative Scheme’ and Barnsley for ‘Best New Scheme’. Simon Lane, City Licensing Manager for Exeter, was singled out for the ‘Outstanding Commitment Award’.
Backed by the Home Office, Best Bar None has been working collaboratively with the alcohol industry, local authorities and the police for over 15 years. It promotes responsible drinking and higher professional licensing standards in bars, pubs, hotels, clubs and entertainment venues in over 70 towns and cities across the UK.
Home Secretary, The Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, said: “People should be able to enjoy a night out safely and responsibly without the fear of being a victim of alcohol-related crime and disorder. The Home Office is committed to addressing this and I’m pleased to back the Best Bar None scheme and the partnership working it promotes. I also value the leadership Best Bar None has shown in raising the standards of licensed premises.”
The awards ceremony was hosted by chairman of Best Bar None, Lord Smith of Hindhead, who said: “I am delighted to report that Best Bar None continues to go from strength to strength. Last October saw the launch of the new Central Scheme, which I am delighted to say means that Best Bar None can now accommodate venues that fall outside of the existing regional schemes. This is a major step forward for the scheme and we will be working hard to extend its reach in 2019.
“Other exciting news for this year is the launch of a pilot scheme with Manchester Airport Group. The aim of this partnership is to further improve standards of airside alcohol retailing across the UK’s biggest airport group and improve the travel experience for its 60 million passengers.
“The national awards truly are the highlight of the Best Bar None calendar. To be named as one of the best performing schemes on a national level is a fantastic achievement and I would like to congratulate all our winners for 2019. I look forward to seeing continued innovation from the schemes over the coming year.”
The National Awards are the highlight of the Best Bar None calendar. The competition carries a prize fund of over £5,000 split across three categories:
- ‘Best Overall Scheme’, presented to the scheme that has had the biggest impact on the local area (£3,000)
- ‘Most Innovative Scheme’, awarded to the most creative concept or initiative introduced to make a difference in the local area (£1,000)
- ‘Best New Scheme’, open to any scheme that has been running for less than 18 months (£1,000)
- ‘Outstanding Commitment Award’, presented to an individual who has shown commitment above and beyond what would normally be required in support of their own Best Bar None scheme or nationally (£250)
The scheme is funded by the industry and its main sponsors and supporters are: Diageo, Heineken UK, Pernod Ricard UK, Asahi, EI Group, JD Wetherspoon, Mitchells & Butler and Stonegate Pub Company.
The inaugural Best Bar None Annual Report was launched at the awards. Please click here to download it BBN_2019_REPORT