Best Bar None was piloted in Manchester in 2003. It proved to have such a positive effect on the evening and nighttime economy (ENTE) it is now active in over 75 towns and cities across the UK, Altrincham being one.
Our mission statement is……
To reduce alcohol related crime and antisocial behaviour. To increase business, through the delivery of training, education and promotion of best practice, and to create a partnership between the local authority, the police, the trade and the private sector to broaden the appeal of an area more especially it’s evening and night-time economy.
The Launch Night
Tuesday 24th October saw the launch of Manchester’s Altrincham scheme. The event was attended by many including the towns licensee’s, councilors, Local authority and Greater Manchester Police. The night was a great success with huge support and buy in with everyone appreciating the benefits of raising standards within venues. The closing date for applications is the 7th of Novemeber 2017!
The scheme first launched in Bolton and since this time the town has seen a 33 per cent reduction in crime. Seventeen businesses from the area have gained official accreditation and there were 92 incidents of violent crime reported in licensed premises, compared with 137 for the same time period in 2016.
Assistant Chief Constable Rob Potts from GMP said: “I’m delighted that it is now being brought to Altrincham and look forward to hearing about developments in the area. It’s crucial that venues, licensees, security firms, taxi drivers and anyone else involved in the night time economy continue to work with us and each other to create safe places for everyone.”
Mick McDonnell, national co-ordinator for Best Bar None said: “It’s absolutely fantastic to be back in Best Bar None’s ancestral home to launch a second Best Bar None scheme.
“With the success already evidenced by Bolton and the enthusiasm of all concerned in Altrincham, I hope we can encourage more and more areas of Greater Manchester to get involved.”
Councillor David Hopps, executive member for Trafford Council said: “The council is fully behind this initiative and are happy to work alongside the police and the trade in working to raise standards and improve the safety and enjoyment of people visiting Altrincham.”
- Email: Natalie.Dolan@gmp.police.uk