12 January 2017

 City partners who work together to promote the responsible management of licensed premises have been recognised once again as Sheffield is shortlisted for a prestigious national award.

Sheffield is one of only three finalists for the national Best Bar None awards, up against Durham and Bedfordshire. The announcement will be made at a Parliamentary reception at the end of the month.

The news comes hot on the heels of celebrations earlier this week after the city was told it had retained Purple Flag status, recognising its vibrant and safe evening and night-time economy. And last year the Sheffield partners scooped two of the national Best Bar None awards.

Sheffield Business Improvement District (BID) Sergeant Matthew Burdett said: “I am delighted to hear that once again we are in the running for this flagship award and send out a big thank you to everyone who gets involved in this important work for the city.

“Sheffield is now recognised as a leader in this field of work and we are looked to for advice and best practice – a credit to everyone involved.”

Councillor Mary Lea, cabinet member for culture, sport and leisure at Sheffield City Council, said: “I am extremely pleased that all the hard work we in Sheffield do in this area has been rewarded, and we’ve made it through to the final of the Best Bar None awards.

“With its huge selection of bars and restaurants, as well as a thriving theatre district and impressive array of cultural attractions, we know Sheffield is a fun and safe place to enjoy a night out. However, it is fantastic to see this recognised on a national level.

“We are leading the way when it comes to providing such an eclectic mix of places to eat, drink, relax and socialise, with so many quirky and independent places to go as well as the large chains. I hope that Sheffield city centre will continue to go from strength to strength, with the imminent opening of the new Light leisure and entertainment complex and the creation of the New Retail Quarter which is now underway.”

Tracey Ford, of Sheffield City Council Drug and Alcohol Co-ordination Team, is the Best Bar None Coordinator. She said: “To win two out of the three national awards last year was a fantastic achievement for the city, but to be in the top three again is simply amazing.

“We try to ensure that the Sheffield scheme continues to improve by listening to our licensed premises and other organisations. The success of the scheme is due to the dedication and passion of our partnership working.”

Best Bar None is a National Award Scheme supported by the Home Office and the drinks industry and is aimed primarily at promoting responsible management and operation of alcohol licensed premises.