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 nighttime economy.


The Bolton Scheme was officially launched on the 17th of January 2017 by The Mayor of Greater Manchester, Mr Tony Lloyd and Assistant Chief Constable Rob Potts. The launch night saw over 150 invited dignitaries and guests at The Venue Bar in Bolton Town Centre. Both Mr Lloyd and ACC Potts spoke to the guests and emphasised the importance of partnership working amongst licensees, the police and Local Authority. The event was sponsored by licensees and two local restaurants provided a buffet for the guests.
Mick Mcdonnell, National Co-coordinator of Best Bar None expressed his delight that BBN was returning to the Manchester area.


Since the success of our launch night the word has spread and there’s a keen interest from Bolton town centre premises. The application stage has closed and the premises are currently working through their policies and practices to “raise the bar” in Bolton.  GMP Licensing Officers Andy and Natalie have managed two BBN workshops to support the licensees and guide and advise them on best practice and legal requirements.


On the 6th of March, twenty of Bolton centre’s licensed premises were represented by almost sixty staff for a Counter Terrorism input delivered by The Northwest Counter Terrorism Unit. The training consisted of a two hour input and included information relevant to Bolton, plus video’s of historic terrorist attacks from around the UK.

On the 20th of March almost fifty town centre staff  from eighteen premises attended a Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness event that was delivered by GMP’s Child  Exploitation Team. The intention of this event was to raise awareness of  potential CSE issues across all night time economies.








                                                                   Keeping you safe on your night out in Bolton.

Did you know Some of our later venues use Door Staff Breathalysers? These are essentially there to prevent anyone entering a licensed premises that has already consumed too much alcohol.

The use of the breathalyser helps premises management in promoting the licensing objective of the prevention of crime and disorder. The breathalyser is a simple and effective piece of kit.

Customers simply blow over the top of the unit which will then indicate to the customer and door supervisor using a traffic light system.

Don’t be offended if you’re asked to blow into the breathalyser. The door staff are doing their job!


Club Crew.

LEVEL Bolton in partnership with Drinwkaware operate a Club Crew.

The Club Crew, trained by Drinkaware UK. are there specifically to provide expert support in venues. They aim to support the welfare and wellbeing of young people on a night out. The Crews working in pairs and are easily identifiable by their bright red uniform mingle with customers to promote a positive social atmosphere and help those who may be vulnerable as a result of drinking too much alcohol. This can include reuniting lost customers with friends, helping people into taxis or simply providing a shoulder to cry on. Employed by the venue The Crew work with other members of staff, like security and first aid, providing an extra layer of support to ensure customers have a happy evening where risk of harm is minimised.



Accredited venues


  • Natalie Dolan

    • Email: Natalie.Dolan@gmp.police.uk