The Best Bar None is a recognised award scheme for licensed premises, currently running in over 95 towns and cities across the UK and is even now being taken up in other countries.
It was developed by the Manchester City Centre Safe project to address alcohol related crime and improve the night time environment.
It was felt that in order for progress to be made in delivering a safer night time economy, a new partnership approach was needed alongside more traditional law enforcement activity.
Best Bar None schemes provide an incentive for the operators of licensed premises to improve their standards of operation to the level of a commonly agreed national benchmark.
Best Bar None provides a much needed opportunity for licensees to demonstrate to official agencies just how well they manage their own businesses. It is an opportunity for positive dialogue between the two sides.
The standards outlined by Best Bar None also provide a common reference point for community officers to work with their local pubs and clubs in tackling crime and disorder issues on an ongoing basis.
In 2007 an agreement was reached between Greater Manchester Police, the Home Office and BII, the professional body for the licensed retail sector, to develop the scheme nationally (http://www.bbnuk.com). An independent board has been formed and is currently chaired by Lord Rupert Redesdale. BII’s role in Best Bar None is to help and foster future development of the scheme.
Advantages to Licensees
- Provides a much needed opportunity for licensees to demonstrate to official agencies just how well they manage their own businesses. It is an opportunity for positive dialogue between the two sides.
- Accreditation may provide support for a due diligence defence in a review
- Encouragement and reward for premises investing in management practices that reduce the risk of harm to their customers
- Increased number of people applying for jobs in the premises
- New business – by taking part, premises improve public confidence and attract more people to their venues and the Town Centre
- Publicity – premises can use the scheme to promote their venues to new customers. If they achieve accreditation under the scheme, they will receive a plaque for public display and will be able to include the Sheffield Best Bar None logo in their promotional advertising and stationery.
- Reduced Insurance quotes from NDML (Nightclub Direct & Millenium Leisure) Insurance
- Premises gaining accreditation under the scheme have been shown to exhibit higher standards of customer care and experience lower levels of crime and disorder (Alcohol Policy UK 3.4.06)