7 February 2018 (originally released by Sheffield Bid)
Sheffield’s Best Bar None scheme has been awarded the Most Innovative Scheme at the national Best Bar None Awards.
The awards, which recognise the promotion of responsible management and operation of venues which are licensed to sell alcohol, named Sheffield’s Best Bar None Champion Scheme as the most innovative scheme in the country.
Sheffield’s Best Bar None Champion Scheme encourages bar staff to take a more proactive role in the scheme by becoming a BBN Champion. BBN Champions are trained in taking a more active role in preparing a licensed venue for a Best Bar None assessment, encouraging good practice at the venue, and promoting the venue’s Best Bar None status to staff and customers.
Across the UK, 75 Best Bar None schemes operate with the aim of reducing alcohol related crime and disorder, building positive relationships between licensed venues, the police and local authorities, and helping staff responsibly manage licensed premises. In Sheffield, the Best Bar None scheme contributes to reduction in alcohol related disorder and helps to boost the city’s evening economy.
Sheffield BID Police Sergeant Matt Burdett said: “So many different agencies and organisations work alongside each other to make a positive difference to Sheffield’s night-time economy, and it’s an honour to have this partnership work recognised in a national setting by the Best Bar None awards.
“Our scheme has been running in Sheffield for several years now, with the shared commitment of making our night-time economy a safe and enjoyable place for all who wish to enjoy the diverse range of nightlife on offer.
“Winning this award is a fantastic achievement for the city and we look forward to building upon this success into 2018 and beyond to make Sheffield’s scheme even better.”
The scheme is run by Sheffield Drug and Alcohol/Domestic Abuse Coordination Team (DACT) with sponsorship from specialist solicitors John Gaunt and Partners, Charnwood Training, Gosh Promo, South Yorkshire Police, and Sheffield Business Improvement District (BID).
Diane Jarvis, Sheffield BID manager, said: “One of Sheffield BID’s main objectives is to make Sheffield city centre safer. As well as funding a Sheffield BID police sergeant, and two city centre ambassadors, we work closely with the Best Bar None scheme and other organisations, to ensure people are safe when they are enjoying an evening out in Sheffield.
“It is fantastic that the Best Bar None scheme has been recognised for the work it undertakes to make Sheffield’s pubs, bars and nightclubs safe for revellers.”
Sheffield’s Best Bar None scheme is supported by Sheffield City Council and Purple Flag, which recently awarded Sheffield a purple flag in recognition of the city offering an entertaining, diverse, safe and enjoyable night out.
Councillor Mary Lea, cabinet member for culture, sport and leisure at Sheffield City Council, said: “We’re delighted to have received this award which comes so soon after the city retained its Purple Flag status.
“We are all working together to improve and build upon Sheffield’s reputation as a warm, friendly and safe place to be. This is a great achievement and shows the strength of the partnership we have in the city.”
Mick McDonnell, national co-ordinator for Best Bar None, said: “Sheffield is thoroughly deserving of the innovation award. It continues to implement new initiatives, some simple, such as providing street pastors with mobile phone charger units to enable people to remain in contact with friends or call a cab home; others more complex, such as the launch of the Champion Scheme. Having rolled these out successfully, it is always willing to share its ideas with fellow scheme members and this spirit of inclusiveness is to be commended. Congratulations to all involved.”