Stonegate Pub Company has handed a cheque for £10,000 to Best Bar None as the scheme, which supports best practice in responsible retailing, is set to launch more programmes across the country.
The initiative, which brings the on-trade into partnership with local authorities, the police and community organisations, has been running for more than 13 years in areas around the country. “There is lots of evidence from the places that operate a Best Bar None scheme that the partnership approach to tackling alcohol related harms delivers a reduction of incidents and crime,” said Mick McDonnell, National Co-ordinator for BBN.
Stonegate Pub Company, which is one of the largest late night bar operators, recently carried out a survey amongst its 660+ managers and found that 75% of the estate were involved in schemes that work to improve customer safety on a night out, with Pubwatch and Best Bar None topping the list.
“Where there is a scheme in operation our managers actively engage, working to share and adopt best practice,” said Chief Executive Simon Longbottom. “Making our communities safer and attracting visitors into our cities and town centres requires a co-ordinated effort between all agencies and the industry. Supporting Best Bar None enables the team to reach more areas across the country to further promote the positives of starting a scheme that benefits us all.”
With schemes set to launch in Bolton, Falmouth and Warrington Best Bar None is proving that voluntary partnerships are of increasing importance in making town and city centres safer, especially during the evening and early morning, and more popular with visitors, as recognised by the Home Office.