Best Bar None accreditation scheme
We are encouraging local pubs, clubs and bars to sign up to the Best Bar None accreditation scheme.
The scheme, which was launched in October 2014 is to be funded for three years by the Police and Crime Commissioner for Nottinghamshire and Nottinghamshire County Council.
Nationally, where schemes are already established, there has been a dramatic reduction in anti-social behaviour and alcohol-related violence, enhancing the customer experience and creating a safer environment.
What is Best Bar None?
It is a national award scheme, supported by the Home Office and created by Manchester Police Force, which aims to reduce alcohol related crime and disorder by raising standards of the licensed premises. It is important to note that this is not night-time economy specific and includes all licensed premises.
How does a licensed premises get accreditation?
The scheme rewards licensees who provide good management, a safe and enjoyable environment for customers, discourage binge drinking and prevent alcohol related crime. It therefore encourages licensees to act responsibly and take pride in their premises and surroundings and, in doing so, put something back into the town and local community.
In order to be awarded the Best Bar None accreditation, premises must be compliant with all aspects of the law. However, for premises to have the potential of winning one of the 'best in category' awards, they must offer much more that this, and this is one of the ways the Best Bar None scheme helps raise standards of licensed premises, by providing a competitive framework and therefore can support local issues and priorities such as street cleansing.
Although the scheme is nationally recognised, it can be tailored to the local environment. As a result, the scheme will not focus primarily on the late night economy and instead captures all types of licensed premises across the County including:
- community premises such as community clubs/pubs
- sporting venues
- food led venues
- rural premises
Why would a premises want accreditation?
The rewards for licensees include:
- the prestige of being part of the awards scheme
- increased business within the area
- the potential of lower insurance premiums resulting from running safer establishments
How well is it working in other areas?
The 2015 scheme was hailed a great success with more than 70 venues across the county applying for accreditation. Charles and Jo Blakemore, landlords of The Ashleigh Hotel in Worksop, who won the overall scheme award in 2015, reported a financial benefit since winning the accolade.
The Home Office and Police statistics show a 10-48% reduction in violent crime against a person in areas where Best Bar None operates. This is in addition to an estimated saving to the NHS based on the current number of schemes of over £35 billion as a result of the reported 1 in 4 patients who attend A&E having consumed alcohol or having been assaulted by someone who is drunk. Furthermore, since being implemented in Doncaster there has been 70% less police call outs to venues accredited by the Best Bar None scheme.
Who is paying for it?
Funding has been granted to implement a county wide Best Bar None scheme for an initial three year period. This has been secured from the Police and Crime Commissioner, Nottinghamshire County Council and the Licensed trade. The scheme also features in the County Wide Local Alcohol Action Area (LAAA) and is supported by the Home Office, ACPO and the Bll.
How often will accreditation take place?
The scheme is run on an annual basis, encouraging licensed premises to keep raising standards year on year. Following a successful application, an assessment is carried out. If the business meets the minimum standard, they will be awarded with the Best Bar None status. A plaque will then be displayed, recognising the award and promoting public reassurance.
At the end of the process the top premises in each category are put forward to a judging panel. An awards evening is then held, rewarding participants, sharing best practice, promoting local area and demonstrating the benefits of the scheme.
How does a licensee apply for accreditation?
The first step is to fill in an application form: Best Bar None application form (PDF File, 158kb)