3 February 2017

A Sheffield City Council employee has received national recognition for her work to keep Sheffield city centre safe.

Tracey Ford, from the authority’s Drug and Alcohol Coordination Team, manages the city’s Best Bar None scheme which works with city partners to promote the responsible management of licensed premises. The scheme itself has been nationally recognised many times, and won two national awards last year.

Now Tracey herself has been recognised and this week, at an awards ceremony in London, scooped the ‘Outstanding Commitment to Best Bar None’ award. The city’s scheme was also one of only three finalists up for the Best Overall Scheme and was highly commended at the ceremony.

Tracey said: “I am absolutely overwhelmed to be recognised nationally. In all honesty, I’ve only been able to achieve this with the support from all the partners and premises involved, so this is down to their hard work too as much as mine.

“When I started Best Bar None there were only a few of us involved but it’s gone from strength to strength since then. We have purchased mobile phone chargers for Sheffield Street Pastors and we have the award winning Best Bar None app .”

Councillor Cate Mcdonald, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care at Sheffield City Council, said: “Congratulations to Tracey who deserves the award and is completely committed to the scheme. I would also like to say thank you to everyone in the service, and partners across the city for the hard work they put in to keeping our city centre leisure industry running safely.

“Only last month we were told our city centre had retained Purple Flag status, recognising its vibrant and safe evening and night-time economy. And last year Sheffield partners scooped two of the national Best Bar None awards.

“These achievements set us in good stead ready for the up and coming additions to the city centre and in the work we do to promote responsible drinking.”

Sheffield Business Improvement District (BID) Police Sergeant Matthew Burdett said: “It was a real privilege to make the shortlist for this national award once again and to come away with highly commended is something the partners can all be really proud of – and recognition that Best Bar None in Sheffield continues to flourish.”

The Awards were presented on Tuesday at the House of Lords where Sarah Newton MP, Minister for Vulnerability, Safeguarding and Countering Extremism addressed the attendees and join the sponsors in presenting an award.

Visit www.sheffielddact.org.uk/drugs-alcohol/priorities-and-campaigns/best-bar-none for more information about Sheffield’s Best Bar None scheme.