Best Bar None scheme launched in Weston-super-MareSafer Stronger North Somerset
The official launch of the Best Bar None (BBN) scheme in Weston town centre took place last week at The Bay café. Best Bar None is a national accreditation scheme supported by the Home Office and the drinks industry aimed primarily at promoting responsible management and operation of alcohol licensed premises.
It was piloted in Manchester 15 years ago and found to improve standards in the evening and night time economy, with premises now competing to participate. It has since been adopted by 75 town and cities across the UK.
National coordinator Mick McDonnell said: “On 6 December, we launched it to the police, Business Improvement District and traders and pulled them together and we will get things underway in the new year.
“It is about working together to improve Weston as a whole and making it safer for everyone. By making the town centre a safer and more vibrant place, it will increase footfall and the fact is, if you have more people coming out and staying out, the businesses will benefit.
“It is about getting staff to be more aware of gambling, vulnerability of people and how they safeguard people through things like the #AskAngela campaign.”.
“We are really excited to have now launched the scheme here in Weston, a scheme which has a track record of making people safer and improving standards in licensed premises in towns and cities across the country,” said our Community Safety Manager Howard Pothecary.
Pubs and bars within the Weston Purple Flag area will undergo an assessment period where they are judged against a criteria and then given suggestions on how to improve or given the accreditation.
Club Vision manager Hayley Johnson said: “the aim is to get everyone to the same level to create a safer night out for the customer. People move between different places and you want to be able to expect the same standards everywhere you go on your night out.
“It is trying to change the perception of people to say, ‘wherever you go, you are safe’.”
For more information about the Best Bar None scheme, visit: www.saferstrongerns.co.uk/bbn